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Date Published: 2017-10-12 

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Pink Ball Cricket - The Evolution

Pink Ball Cricket - The Evolution

Cricket's red ball has been traditionally used since 1877, however, under floodlights the disparity of the brownish colour and the pitch made it difficult for some players during Day-Night Matches. It was then in the 2000’s the cricket world was introduced to the “Pink Ball”.

According to the 3 main manufacturers, the Pink Ball is similarly made to the red and white balls however, unlike the red ball, grease is not applied as it would dull the ball making it harder to see. Additionally, the Pink Ball deteriorates more slowly than the white ball so in satisfactorily compromising both issues of visibility and having a ball that can withstand the mandatory 80 overs, the demand for the Pink Ball is becoming greater.

In bringing back the crowds to relish in the Day-Night Cricket, the game’s decision makers believe it is a new and more innovative step in the right direction to creating new interest in the game, calling it a radical move in cricket.

However, much to the demand of the Pink Ball, players have deemed it “difficult”. In contrast to what the ball was created to do, many players have expressed it is not that much different from the red ball in terms of seeing it better at night or under the lights.

Based on research, the Pink Ball goes against depth perception making it hard to see when the sunshine goes down and the artificial lights come on. It is then difficult to decipher where the ball is, thus favouring the bowler due to the batsman being unable to see when it is coming.

Furthermore, it is said the swing of the ball is much different. Although there has been quite the debate about the “swing” and how it dips more, manufacturers have said that the ball behaves the same as the red and white balls.

Barbados Pride player opener and right-hand off spinner, Anthony Alleyne who has played in Pink Ball matches in the PCL 4 Day tournament, said out of the three balls the Pink Ball is the most difficult to face. According to Anthony it doesn’t swing as much as the others during the day, but seams and does a lot more at night. Additionally, he said it is not easy to pick up and takes some getting used to. When asked some of the challenges faced, he said, “when batting it does a lot more under the lights resulting in having to change bats to suit the toughness of the ball stating it doesn’t feel the same as the white or red ball”.

Kemar Roach who recently returned from the English Tour with the West Indies also had the same sentiments about the Pink Ball saying it’s slightly harder to pick up. When asked about his experience going in to the Test Matches, he said, “I’ve played a couple games with it, but not enough experience to know everything I need to know about the ball”.

Although creative thinking and innovations are welcomed, what is the stance on the Pink Ball? Can it withstand the controversial topic or will its use slowly diminish, given the challenges communicated by players?

Come to Kensington October 26 – 29, 2017 as the Barbados Pride hosts the T&T Red Force in a Pink Ball day/night match. Play starts at 3 p.m. each day.

Come see first-hand and make a determination on the future of the Pink Ball.

Document Author bcacricket.org
Date Published 2017-10-12
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