England will host a historic day-night Test against West Indies at Edgbaston next August in an attempt to attract more spectators to the sport in the British country.
In an innovative, the initiative was first tried by Australia to great acclaim last November, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to experiment with a floodlit Test using a pink ball for the first time from Aug. 17-21, 2017.
Both the ECB and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have given the plans the green light in a series opener where players will wear traditional Test match whites and each day will start at 2 pm and finish seven hours later.
ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison acknowledged dwindling attendances at Test matches outside London have forced the governing body to broaden its horizon.
Australia and New Zealand contested the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide last August in a game that lasted only three days, but one that increased revenue at the ground and swelled television audiences.