Why has India continued to oppose pink-ball Tests so far?
Two players in the Indian squad which will play the first Day/Night Test on Indian soil against Bangladesh next month have prior experience of playing under lights with pink balls. Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha, the two Bengal boys, had been part of an experimental pink ball match in 2016, and their inputs will be vital as India prepare for a historic encounter at the Eden from November 22.
“I’ll prefer the pink ball any day, hope this pink-ball match prospers. The best thing is you get to bowl only one session under the sun. Then the ball starts talking once the lights are on,” Shami was quoted as saying by PTI.
“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,” he had further added.
The CAB Super League final – between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore – had been played with a pink ball in 2016. Shami had taken figures of 5/42 – the first fifer with the pink ball in the longer format in India. Wriddhiman Saha, however, had fallen for a golden duck.
“This will be a new challenge in front of us. We have not played Tests with the pink ball. I have been part of a domestic pink ball multi-day game. Challenge is there in every sport. The more you are challenged as a team, you get better and I am sure we will do that,” Saha was quoted by India TV on Wednesday.
The CAB is trying its best to make it a full house in the 68,000-capacity stadium on all the five days of the Test by offering a daily ticket starting as low as Rs 50.
“We will send the tickets for printing as we get the timing confirmation from BCCI and broadcasters. We are planning to bring in school children from the districts and local schools and we don’t want any inconvenience.Ticket denominations will be of Rs 50, 100, 150 on daily basis. We will try our best to pull in as many crowd as possible. We hope it will be a success,” CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya said.