After watching Cricket Association of Bengal’s success in hosting pink ball match, Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) have decided to host the four-day final of their premiere tournament Colwin Shield under lights with the pink ball from July 12 to 15.
RCA secretary Sumendra Tiwari announced it in a press conference held at RCA Academy today.
The first-ever pink ball match at the Pink City will be played at the RCA Academy ground. Tiwari also said that the balls for the match have been specially ordered from Meerut. During the match, the cricketers will be wearing white kits and the sight screen will also be white.
RCA vice president Amin Pathan, executive secretary RS Nandhu, joint secretaries Vinod Sahran and Nirpjeet Singh, secretary of DCA Sikar, Subhash Joshi, and secretary of DCA Ajmer, Gunjan Sharma, were also present during the conference.
Eden Gardens last month hosted India’s first-ever day/night game, and after the end of first day’s play of the CAB Super League final between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore Club, everyone seemed happy with the experiment. Batting, however, looked difficult upfront as the sprinkle of grass on the deck made things lopsided in favour of the seamers.
The pink Kookaburra held up nicely. The Eden outfield was damp following showers in the first session, but the ball retained its shine. “I was surprised to see the hardness of the ball even after 57 overs. And unlike the white Kookaburra, the seam was still standing up,” umpire Premdip Chatterjee said.
Also, there was no such visibility issue. In fact, the pink ball looked brighter than the white Kookaburra under lights. Arnab Ghosh took a skier at long-on to dismiss Wridhhiman Saha and he never had any problems sighting the ball against a dark background. Batters, too, looked pretty comfortable in picking the ball against white sightscreens.
However, the pitch had to be doctored for the sustainability of the pink ball. A green-top had been laid out to ensure the ball holds up well. One side of the pitch, too, had decent grass cover. The methods worked. Lacquer barely came off. The second new ball was taken after 75 overs.
Everybody was concerned about the due factor. The overcast conditions meant there was very little dew. But it was not a major concern.