The iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata is set to host what will be the first day-night match in India. The final of the Super League, to be held from June 17 to 20, is expected to be played under lights. Super League is a domestic tournament in the state that allows them to identify potential players for their Ranji team.
“Pink-ball cricket indeed is the way forward. Test cricket’s popularity has been steadily declining and we must do something to arrest the slide. The pink-ball Test in Australia last year received an overwhelmingly positive response and we must embrace the change. The Super League final under lights is an experiment with an eye to hosting day-night Tests in the near future. I think it would be a very good experience,” Sourav Ganguly, the president of Cricket Association of Bengal told.
Taking to pink-ball cricket might signal the evolution of the sport and the administrators, the process is seldom straightforward. In India, cricket is played using SG balls but a pink Kookaburra ball will have to be used in the upcoming Super League final. When they were trialed in the Sheffield Shield in Australia, the biggest complaint was that they deteriorated swiftly and became difficult to sight.
Abhishek Dalmiya, the CAB secretary, acknowledged the issues and said: “Certain conditions are required for the pink ball to hold up for a substantial period. We have spoken to Kookaburra’s subcontinent head and will follow the advice.”