How pink ball maker SG plans to meet BCCI's deadline ahead of India's day and night Test meet with Bangladesh
With the unpredictability of pink balls expected to get tested in India's first-ever day and night Test match to a certain extent, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has demanded the same match balls to be deployed in the Indian domestic circuit. Sanspareils Greenlands (SG), the makers of pink balls that will be used in India's second Test match against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens has been insisted at least 72 balls for the historic encounter in Kolkata.
Pink balls to act like traditional red ball?
Virat Kohli-led Team India will explore an unfamiliar cricketing zone when they host Mominul Haque's men in the second Test of the two-match series beginning from 22nd November. For the record, the historic Test match will also mark the arrival of pink balls used by India on the international channel. The Indian team management expects the match balls to have a similar expression of the traditional red balls that are used in India for the longest format of the game on the international circuit.
What are the problems pink ball makers are dealing with?
According to a report by The Times of India, director of SG - Paras Anand has said that the official match balls makers have taken inputs from the Indian players on pink balls. "We have taken feedback from the players. Our thought process is to make the pink ball as similar to red ball as possible."Anand told TOI. Retaining the match ball colour and reverse swing conundrum is one of the major problems the makers are expected to deal with ahead of presenting the final lot of the official match balls.
Prior to announcing that the match balls will endorse traditional seam position, Anand asserted that SG is working on balancing the colour of the pink balls. "The red ball has a dark colour. That allows the players to shine the ball to help it swing all day. Pink ball already starts with a bright colour. Balancing that is something that we are working on," Anand said.