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Low Test sales as India says no to day-night format

Ticket sales have dwindled for the first Test cricket match between India and Australia at Adelaide Oval after the traveling team refused to play a day-night game.

According to Cricket Country, Keith Bradshaw, head of the South Australian Cricket Association, said that sales of tickets have been lower than expected after India declined Cricket Australia’s request to play a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

The 53,500-capacity venue has hosted day-night Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and England, though the Indian team has not played a pink-ball match before. 

“It has been an issue – it has affected ticket sales,” said Bradshaw. “One of the characteristics that we have noticed is that we are quite down in interstate sales given it’s a day Test, not a day-night Test. There is definitely a day-night factor, without a doubt.

“The fans have absolutely voted with their feet the last few years that we have had day-night Tests – we have been significantly up for attendances.”

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