It has been already known that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to host a day and night test match against New Zealand in November. To study the challenges of hosting a day and night test match, the BCCI has officially started its preparations and as part of it the Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the first day and night test match in a domestic tournament final.
As per the sources, the final match of the Super League will be held from June 17 to June 20, would be a day and night test match. Super League, is a domestic tournament which identifies the talented youngsters in the country.
Speaking on the match, the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and former Indian Captain Mr Saurav Ganguly said “This is a different game as every one knew. Pink-ball will be used here in place of the regular SG cricket balls. This is the way forward for us, especially at a time when the shine of test cricket is declining. We hope that the new format will again bring back the lost audience”.
Ganguly also observed the huge success of the earlier day and night test match played between Australia and New Zealand. He said that he is expecting much more success in the subcontinent.
When asked about the impact of Pink-ball on the sub-continent pitches he said, “Yes, that has been the issue so far. There are complaints that after some time Pink balls are difficult to sight while playing under the lights. These balls are manufactured by Kookaburra and we have approached them regarding its impact in sub-continent conditions, they do have some suggestions for us. We look forward to implement them and wait for the result”.
The BCCI plans to play at least one pink-ball game in each of its domestic tournaments so as to observe its impact and challenges before hosting the match on the big day.