Pakistan opted not to schedule a Day-Night Test this season because it believed it would hinder their team's chances against Australia and New Zealand.
This is the first season in three that the PCB, until now a great defender of the Concept, has not performed a day-night test in Dubai. The indifferent results in the two previous Tests led the team management to tell the board to choose one time only.
Pakistan won the first Test against the West Indies two years ago, but only after a big scare in the second half of a year. Game that had dominated initially. Their batters first collapsed under the lights of Devendra Bishoo's foot, and then their bombers fought to defend 346 in the fourth inning. Last year they lost to Sri Lanka, when their hitters failed to win more than 262 in any of the innings.
More than the batting, the team was concerned about the blunting of their main weapon, Yasir Shah, through a combination of dew. The pink ball softens quickly and the tone does not break as expected.
Although Yasir has taken 15 windows in the two day-night tests, they have a higher cost compared to the windows in the UAE Test during the day – 31.00 to 24.75. More critical is the speed at which they have arrived, an attack rate of 60.7 in the two-day and night games instead of the 51.5 in the daily tests.
It is understood that the board consulted the team as PCB and Cricket Australia. They have pushed the concept of day-night testing. But based on those concerns in the field, the PCB decided not to pursue the option.
That goes against most of the missed opportunities of playing the Day-Night Tests. In general, it is the side of the tour that has rejected the opportunity to play, and especially because they are not familiar and are very uncomfortable with the conditions. Sri Lanka rejected Pakistan once in 2013, while India and Bangladesh also refused to participate in day and night tests on out-of-home tours.
It did not help that, unlike the rest of the world, a diurnal and nocturnal test is scarce. Difference of assistance in the UAE. Neither the West Indies Test nor last year's against Sri Lanka attracted a noticeably larger crowd.
As has become the norm for the Tests of the United Arab Emirates of Pakistan, the ongoing Test has been played in front of practically empty positions, enlivened only in pockets by groups of schoolchildren. The free entry for the Tests has not made a difference, although the fact is that the PCB, for the first time since 2009, has negotiated an agreement for which it does not pay a hosting fee for a Test. Typically, the PCB would pay approximately USD 35,000 plus Test costs as a separate cost in the UAE, something that has been avoided this season when five Tests are played there.
The fact that the Test began on a Sunday – the beginning of the UAE Labor Week – is unlikely to have adversely affected that aspect. Sundays for the Tests are not unusual in any case: the Test of the West Indies in Sharjah in 2016-17, the Test of England in the same place the previous year and the Test against New Zealand in 2014 in Abu Dhabi started on Sundays . The compressed nature of this tour and season has played an important role in this game starting on Sunday.
According to a board official, the PCB wanted to have a calendar in which many of the limited games are held on weekends, although ultimately, of the three T20Is that are played in Australia, only one is in a weekend. And only two of the six limited New Zealand games played here take place over the weekend.