Not in a hurry to play Pink-ball Test: Anurag Thakur

Rishav Narang / 25 June 2016
Anurag Thakur

The newly elected president of BCCI has shared his for the first time on the pink ball and said that BCCI is not in a hurry to play the pink ball test match. He said that the decision regarding the pink ball match will be taken only after taking the feedback of the players who will play with the pink ball in the Duleep Trophy match later this year. BCCI has earlier decided to test pink ball in the Duleep Trophy so as to check how it plays, its wear and tear, whether it is clearly visible etc. So as to get answers to all these unanswered doubts the Duleep trophy match will be crucial. It is expected that most international players will also be part of the game if there are no international commitments. A decision regarding the pink ball test will be taken after consulting the players.


“Let us wait for the players to decide on that, Let us take the feedback during the upcoming Duleep Trophy. There have been experiments going on all over the world with the pink ball. We are not in a hurry. We want to take a decision once the BCCI is sure that they want to go with the pink ball.” Pronounced Thakur after the BCCI’s working committee meeting on Thursday.

This is a wise statement given by the BCCI head as there is a lot of difference between a red and a pink ball. Indian players have no past experience of playing with a pink ball, so they may find it difficult to adjust with the new cherry. A hurry shown in this direction can backfire as players have never had a pink ball experience in past. So it is the responsibility of the board to first prepare the players for the clash so as to produce the desired results.


Last week the Cricket Association of Bengal registered their name in history books as they decided to schedule the league cup final with a pink ball. Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore club took on each other at Eden gardens. Few weeks before the match CAB announced that they will put the pink ball to the test in the league cup final. This turned out to be successful move as the match got support from everyone. Live telecast and commentary were a cherry on the cake. This move from C.A.B. made them front runner up for hosting the pink ball test later this year.

Mohammed Shami and Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha were also part of the historical tie. Shami was successful and seemed to be quite amused after the pink ball match.

“I’ll prefer pink ball any day, hope this pink ball match prospers. The best thing is you got to bowl only one session under the sun. Then the ball starts doing the talk once the lights are on,”

“I got reverse swing in the first innings. I think if the condition is dry, the ball will reverse. The seam usually does not remain intact after 40 overs, but it’s not the case with the pink ball,” quoted Shami

It was seen that Pink ball had everything for the pacers but a little for the spinners, this may be another matter of concern as Indian pitches are known to be spinner friendly and a hurry to play with the pink ball can cost Indian team. So, it will be wise on the part of BCCI to take into consideration all the pros and cons before putting a step forward in this direction.

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