Australia will take on New Zealand in the first ever day-night Test today (Friday) at Adelaide. Ahead of the historic day/night Test International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO has said the Test is part of an overall package to invigorate Test cricket.
ICC informed it through a press release on Thursday.
Speaking ahead of the first-ever day-night Test, Richardson said the game needed to understand the demands and expectations of both the fans and its key stakeholders, and Tests played into the evening session will provide an option to countries where Test cricket was facing attendance and commercial issues.
He said, "The game is about the public, the people who turn up to watch matches at the venues or who follow the matches on television, radio or online. Strong attendances inspire the players to produce their best, exciting the fans and creating value for the broadcasters and sponsors. I think day/night Test will assist with this process."
He further said, "Bear in mind that the success of the Adelaide Test will not mean that suddenly everyone will be expected or able to stage day-night Tests as it is not a scenario that will suit every situation. But day-night Test cricket has the potential to be one way of ensuring that cricket's traditional format remains relevant in the modern age and continues to thrive in the coming years."
Richardson also mentioned the shorter versions of cricket attract the crowd most. So they are going to introduce Test Cricket Fund from next year to focus the Test cricket more.
He said, "In relation to this, it has already been agreed to introduce a Test Cricket Fund from next year which will assist countries with the costs associated with staging Test matches. A substantial increase in the annual prize money for the number-one ranked Test side has also been approved which will provide greater incentives and rewards to the players in this format, and the ICC is currently looking at other ways of creating more context and meaning to Test series."
He also thanked Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket, MCC and ICC for staging the historic event.