Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes that the game needs a bit of innovation and the day-night tests would provide just that to entertain the people. The Indian batting legend feels that the day-night tests should be played more often.
“It is about enjoying a day out. You are coming in for entertainment. You have to market this game well and crowds will come in plenty. Everything needs a bit of innovation, even cricket,” said Ganguly in a discussion with VVS Laxman and Australia’s Dean Jones.
The current CAB president also feels that pink ball test cricket is the best way to bring in huge crowds for the longest format which is losing its charm over the last few years. However, he also feels the quality of the cricket also plays an important role to help test cricket get back its glory.
“The Test series between Sri Lanka and England witnessed great crowds. In the Lords’ game the stadium was packed to capacity. I don’t believe when Virat Kohli stands to face Jimmy (James) Anderson people won’t come in,” Ganguly said.
“I have been hearing the test match in Australia finished in three days. How many times has a red ball Test finished in three days in Australia? It is because of the quality of the side as well. This is to bring people back into the ground, as you say innovations. We take time to get used to changes and after six months and a few games we will see, it is the way forward.”
Sourav Ganguly has also been a fore-front supporter of day-night tests as he is currently about to organize a pink-ball Super League final which will be played between Kolkata clubs Bhowanipore and Mohun Bagan from June 18-21 at the Eden Gardens.
Ganguly who has also played pink ball cricket while he represented MCC at Dubai says he felt comfortable while playing a pink ball as it doesn’t affect his sighting.
“It was a lot brighter because of its colour. Sometimes when you are in England it is very hard to pick the dark duke ball. But with the pink ball there were no problems.”
The player also had a meeting with Kookabura who have manufactured the balls for the day-night Super League final and have taken some important suggestions to sustain the pink ball over the course of the match.
“Fifteen days back when I had with Kookaburra, they told me to get the conditions right. They told me to have more grass on the wicket and the pitches which are close to it. Otherwise it might get scuffed up easily,” he remarked.
Sourav Ganguly also feels that the pink-ball cricket will be more popular once the players get used to it over the next few years.
“You have to let them play with the ball. Once you know the deficiencies, you can improve the ball with the technology that is now a days available. But try it out. Give to someone like Ravichandran Ashwin. If he gets a six-for with it, he will say it is the best thing they have.”