Sam Marsh looks at the introduction of pink cricket balls and Day-Night Test matches
On November 27th in Adelaide, Australian cricket takes a step into the unknown, it is the first time a pink Kookaburra ball will be used in Test match cricket, with the Test match continuing after dark.
Usually a day’s play can be stopped if it gets to dark ligh, as it may be hard to detect a dark red cricket ball. A pink ball, however, will be more noticeable in darker conditions. This could allow games to start later which is good in places such as the UAE (where Pakistan currently play all of their matches) as the crowds there are pretty poor at the best of times for test matches so it could allow for more people to attend after their working day is over. It also could help for TV companies and radio stations when it comes to broadcasting the match. Viewers in the UK will want to watch lunchtime/teatime cricket and due to the time difference, a day-night Test match will allow for this.
I really hope this experiment work and becomes more common throughout the cricketing world as it has worked in the past for T20 and ODI matches.