BCCI orders 72 pink balls for first-ever day-night Test series
The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has ordered 72 pink balls for the first-ever day-night Test in the sub-continent that will be hosted by Eden Gardens from November 22.
The team management settled for the particular pink colour after several trials and experimenting with different shades of yellow and fluorescent orange balls. Even television cameras were finding it difficult to spot the ball in these experimental colours and were jarring to the eyes. The management finally gave a nod to the one now selected after eliminating 16 shades of pink.
The management asked for balls that are similar to red balls in their behaviour and game output. The difference between red/white and pink ball is that the pink one is not dipped in grease like the others which stops water from seeping in. This is because an extra layer of lacquer has been added to the ball which doesn’t allow the ball to get scuffed up easily.
On the flip side, players have said that the pink ball is difficult to spot during twilight and spinners do not get much turn with it. Also, the swings happen in the first 10-15 balls after which the seam gets soft.
According to India skipper Virat Kohli, the pink ball would be a success if it could last at least 60 overs.
Till now 11 day-night Tests have been played with the pink balls the most (3 matches) being hosted by Adelaide Oval in South Australia. The first-ever day-night test with the pink ball was played between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval in November 2015.