Kolkata: Eden Gardens in the City of Joy is all set to host India’s first day night match, starting June 17 to 20. This is the final match of the Super League tournament which will be played in floodlights with the Kookaburra ball.
The Super League is a local tournament conducted to promote budding local players to the state Ranji team.
The Indian team which is slated to host the Kiwis later this year will use this ‘experiment’ match to gauge the conditions and use of the ball. It will be interesting to see how the young players adapt to this change in rule and how successfully they create this historic moment.
The president of Cricket Association of Bengal Saurabh Ganguly said, “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 Super League final under floodlights is an experiment with an eye to hosting day-night Tests in the near future. I think it would be a very good experience,” said Ganguly.
This is not the first time a pink ball would come into play. Earlier a pink-ball Test in Australia received a good and positive response from their fans. The only con reported was that the ball after a certain period of time deteriorates and loses its brightness which makes it difficult for the players. Also for such matches the pitches need to be specially coated to ensure there is less damage to the pink ball.
The game will be played with a pink Kookaburra ball, not with the standard SG Test ball, which is used in Tests and other longer versions of the game.
Abhishek Dalmiya, the CAB secretary added, "Certain conditions are required for the pink ball to hold up for a substantial period. We have spoken to Kookaburra's subcontinent head and will follow the advice.”