Players have given positive feedback on the use of the pink cricket ball in the day-night CAB Super League final match played at Eden Gardens.
Mohammed Shami, the fast bowler, played in one of the first day-night cricket matches that was played with a pink cricket ball in India. The 26-year-old Shami was impressed with the visibility, and picked up five wickets during the match.
Shami commented on the use of the pink cricket ball: “With red or white balls, there was some visibility problem as it took (on) the colour of grass. Definitely I will prefer this ball. This is much better. The biggest plus point is (the swing) under lights, what else does a bowler want? It’s challenging for both batsmen and bowlers.”
The next day, Arindam Ghosh, scored the first century with the pink ball on Indian soil. Ghosh ended on 125 runs, and agrees that playing with the pink ball is a definite win.
While using the pink ball was certainly successful this past weekend, it appears that the right conditions need to be met before the ball can be used in a Test match. Weather conditions, such as humidity, and a high dew point, can affect play with the pink ball.
Rahul Dravid commented on the future use of the pink ball: “I would love to see a day-night Test match in India because very clearly there are grounds in this country where people don’t come and watch. I think each country and each situation could be unique, we can’t just say that because a Test match succeeded in Adelaide, it might not succeed in the winter in India because of the dew.”
As more countries experiment with the pink ball, it is likely to gain more acceptance in the cricketing world. In November, Australia and South Africa will be playing a Test match with the pink ball in Adelaide, Australia. Although it still awaits confirmation, Pakistan and the West Indies have agreed to play a match with the pink ball in the UAE later on this year.