The day/night test can be part of the answer to revive the traditional format: Simon Taufel
KOLKATA: former ICC Elite Panel referee Simon Taufel he feels playing Day/night test It could be a step to revive the traditional cricket format.
Initially reluctant to embrace the concept, India will play their first pink ball Day/night test from November 22-26, the opponents being Bangladesh and the venue the iconic Eden Gardens .
It's about trying new things and having an open mind. There is no doubt that Test cricket faces a challenge right now. I am not sure if the Day/Night Test is the only answer to promote the game. It can be part of the answer. But unless we try, we would not know, said the Australian on the sidelines of the launch of his book, 'Finding the Gaps'.
"It has worked in other parts of the world, Adelaide particularly. I've been to the Day/night test there. Certainly, it's very popular. I hope people here will approach this Test in Kolkata with an open mind. It may be part of the solution."
Considered widely as one of the best referees, Taufel, who retired early, was an image of courage and conviction when he attended the pitch despite his mother's death on Thursday.
Eight weeks ago my mother was in good health, tough lady, without any problem. Two days ago, on Thursday, he succumbed to cancer, the 48-year-old said, adding that he knew his mother would have loved him. to keep your commitment no matter what.
In 72 years of her life, she had sacrificed a lot for me to take me to this point. I feel lucky. My family is proud of the legacy and I can't let it go.
Success is never achieved alone, you have to have good people around you. I am very fortunate to have many good people around me, said the five-time ICC Referee of the Year.
President of BCCI Sourav Ganguly , the man behind the introduction of the day/night pink ball cricket test in India, said Taufel should play a more proactive role and educate the referees.
I think he may still be involved in the education of young referees at a time when technology has taken over completely and some decisions and referees look really stupid when they make a decision just to see how it turns around, he said. Ganguly at the launch.
It's a new life for Simon. In a moment I must say that all your generation of players and referees respected you and that is what remains at the end of the day. I thoroughly enjoyed the other end. In sports there is no retake.
The Australian stopped arbitrating in international cricket after World T20 2012, assuming the role of director of performance and training of referees with the ICC.
But in October 2015, he gave up that role too. Taufel was previously hired by the BCCI to train the Indian referees.
I've seen it up close at the top and when the technology had just begun. It just stood out. He represented a generation when there were some exceptional cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh.
He had to set his standards very high. In an era in which the arbitrators were tried for several errors, Simon was exceptional, said the head of BCCI.