India will be hosting its first pink ball cricket match this weekend. The Cricket Association of Bengal Super League final will be hosted at Eden Gardens between 17th – 20th June 2016.
The Super League will help with streamlining Bengal’s Ranji Trophy selections. The Super League cricket tournament is played with eight teams.
The match will be played using the pink Kookaburra ball. Star Sports has the TV rights for the final, and will be hosting the cricket on TV. There are those that believe the use of the pink cricket ball, which makes the ball more visible, may well be the way of the future for cricket games. The Cricket Association of Bengal has noted its interest in playing against Australia in March 2017.
The pink ball is used in matches that take place at night under floodlights. Pink cricket balls are good for matches that take place during both the day and the night. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been considering hosting some Test matches that will be played after dark with floodlights .
The Secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Abhishek Dalmiya, has noted that the association has been in contact with the manufacturers of the pink ball to ensure that the necessary conditions to use the pink ball are followed. The pink ball will only hold up for a substantial length of game play when in the right conditions.
Sourav Ganguly, the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal, commented on pink ball cricket: “Pink ball cricket indeed is the way forward. Test cricket’s popularity has been steadily declining and we must do something to arrest the slide. The pink ball Test in Australia last year received overwhelmingly positive response (from the fans) and we must embrace the change. The Super League final under lights is an experiment with an eye to hosting day/night Tests in the near future. I think it would be a very good experience.”