The Eden Gardens curator has confirmed that the pink ball behaved perfectly when it was tried on the practice pitches. As per the BCCI rules, there can not be any testing on the main pitch and thus the pink ball went through the testing process on adjacent wickets.
It would be interesting to note how will the ball behave and how the players will make the adjustment. The lacquer of the pink ball lasts longer and thus the seam will also last longer. Consequently, there will be more help for the seamers.
Speaking to the News18, Sujan Mukherjee, Eden Gardens Curator said, “For me, this Pink ball is perfectly alright for this match. It has met all the criteria required to be used for such a mega Test match. I don’t know about the other experts but to me it’s alright.”
It is going to be interesting.
However, as dew is expected in Kolkata, it would be difficult for the seamers to get a good hold on the ball. Furthermore, as Kolkata is in farthest east, the sunset will be early and the players will need to play most of the day in artificial lights.
Sujan added, “As per BCCI rule we cannot use the main pitch for any trial 15 days ahead of the match. But yes, the ball was tried on the adjacent pitch (near the main pitch) and it behaved perfectly. Everything was alright and I believe that everybody is certainly going to enjoy the match as Eden wicket has always been sporting”.
On the other hand, Sujan Mukherjee revealed the testing of the pink ball was delayed due to Cyclone Bulbul.
“The cyclone delayed our job by 10 days. The pitch was full of rainwater. It took a lot of effort to prepare the pitch in a short time. Now the outfield and the pitch both are ready for the mega show on November 22,” he added.
The historic Test match between India and Bangladesh will take place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from November 22