No pink ball Test will be played in this home season. BCCI president Anurag Thakur said in a statement. India will play 13 Test matches in this home season and it will go up to February -March.
Anurag Thakur thinks that BCCI needs more experiments like the one in Duleep Trophy before they take the final call on introducing Pink Ball in Tests.
“It is too early to say anything about pink ball. As far as trying it in Duleep Trophy under lights is concerned, it was a big success. But you need to look at overall picture before you take the final call,” Thakur told.
“I think we need to look into many areas before we take the final call. I would like to go into details in a scientific manner to take the final call. As of now, we are not ready to implement pink ball this season,” he added.
BCCI planned to introduce pink ball in the ongoing Test series with New Zealand but the decision was put off amid speculation that it could be done in the upcoming home series against England and Australia. The home team is also scheduled to play a one-off Test against Bangladesh.
“I think we need to take the final call after keeping a few things in mind. First, how to make it more interesting (for fans) and result-oriented. If you have matches like the one in Kanpur which lasted five days, well done. Then we don’t need to do anything. Second, how do you involve more fans who come to the ground or watch it on TV? Third, you really need to look into areas as to how (pink ball) is impacting Test cricket at a time when enough people are not coming to watch Test cricket. What are the real reasons behind it?” said Anurag Thakur.
After Duleep Trophy cricketers gave their response. There was no reverse swing on offer in the recently-held tournament as the ball held its shine for longer periods and vicious turn was also not on offer. Sachin Tendulkar has also said that playing Tests with pink-ball is not a good idea.