The BCCI is not keen to host Pink-Ball Test matches after the day-night fixture at Ahmedabad ended inside two days. A report in The Indian Express claims that some of the Indian team members were not so optimistic as far as the future of the Day Night Test is concerned. Well, now the BCCI is taking these feedback ‘seriously.’
“What the players say is important. We will take a call soon on whether we should host pink-ball Tests in the future,” a BCCI official told the newspaper.
The Pink ball which has extra coats of lacquer, skids off the surface and this is causing a lot of problem. Earlier also the inaugural Pink Ball Test in Eden Gardens in 2019 didn’t last the full five days.
After Thursday’s 10-wicket win, a member of the Indian team management told The Indian Express: “The problem when facing the pink ball is that it skids much faster compared to the red ball. Muscle memory makes batsmen believe that the ball will come at a particular speed after pitching, like they are used to when playing with the red ball. But the pink ball comes much faster. This is a major issue. Also, our players are not keen to play Day-Night Tests because the pink ball has too many variables, including difficulty in sighting the ball.”
Earlier India were shot out for 36 in Adelaide Test which was also played with pink ball. The game lasted four days. With games not going the distance, the advertisers and the broadcasters will not be keen to do the bidding for Day Night Test on BCCI’s behalf.
Earlier in Motera, India beat England in the final session of the second day by 10 wickets to end a game which was nothing short of nightmare for the batsmen. England were bundled out for 112. In reply, India could post a score of 145. The visitors were awful in the second essay after they were shot out for just 81. India knocked off the winning runs with ease to win a game which didn’t even last for two full days.