No pink-ball Test this home season: Anurag Thakur


BCCI president Anurag Thakur said more experiments are needed before BCCI takes the final call on introducing pink ball in Tests.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has ruled out the use of pink ball in India’s long home Test season. Pink ball made its international debut last year when Australia hosted New Zealand in the first-ever day-night Test.
Thakur said more experiments are needed before BCCI takes the final call on introducing pink ball in Tests. He, however, termed its use in the Duleep Trophy as successful.
“It is too early to say anything (about pink ball). As far as trying it in Duleep Trophy under lights is concerned, it was a big success. But you need to look at overall picture before you take the final call,” Thakur told PTI. (Also Read: Gambhir not in favour of pink ball Tests)I think we need to look into many areas before we take the final call. I would like to go into details in a scientific manner to take the final call,” he said, adding “As of now, we are not ready to implement pink ball this season.”
Pink ball was expected to be used in the ongoing Test series with New Zealand but the decision was put off amid speculation that it could be done in the upcoming home series against England and Australia. The home team is also scheduled to play a one-off Test against Bangladesh. (India Blue win Duleep Trophy)

The cricket board chief explained why more time is needed before venturing into the world of pink ball.
“I think we need to take the final call after keeping a few things in mind. First, how to make it more interesting (for fans) and result-oriented. If you have matches like the one in Kanpur (which lasted five days), well done.
“Then we don’t need to do anything. Second, how do you involve more fans who come to the ground or watch it on TV? Third, you really need to look into areas as to how (pink ball) is impacting Test cricket at a time when enough people are not coming to watch Test cricket. What are the real reasons behind it?” (Pujara not impressed with pink ball, says batting is difficult)
One more factor to be considered, he said, is the role of pink ball or red ball in terms of seam, shine, turn, swing and late swing.
“With the red ball, you can have reverse swing after 20-25 overs, but with pink you can’t. So the challenge for batsman goes away,” Thakur said.
Though Duleep Trophy with pink ball was a success, it attracted mixed response from the current and former players.
There was no reverse swing on offer in the recently-held tournament as the ball held its shine for longer periods and vicious turn was also not on offer.

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