Bangladesh Cricket League 2012-13 February 21, 2013

Pink ball to make Bangladesh debut


The pink ball will make its Bangladeshi debut when the Bangladesh Cricket League final begins on Friday. The BCB's decision to experiment with the ball will be, quite literally, under the spotlight, as the first-class match between Central Zone and North Zone is a day-night fixture - another first for the country - at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Both teams, however, have been given very little time to get acquainted with the ball, as they were each given a set of three pink balls to train with on the eve of the match.

The initial report after the centre-wicket net session from both teams has been cautiously encouraging. Central Zone's Marshall Ayub, who is the tournament's leading run-scorer, was wary of how much the ball would swing, but said he had no trouble sighting the ball.

"The ball moved sideways, so I think how much it swings tomorrow will be in the back of everyone's mind," Marshall said. "Everyone is talking about the pink ball in the dressing room, but I have done some catching and fielding. It seemed visible enough under artificial lights."

North Zone batsman Farhad Hossain found it quite easy to deal with the new pink ball, though he believed what happens in a competitive match will be far more important. "We played with a new ball mostly, so wear and tear wasn't an issue," Farhad said. "I think we have to find out what happens tomorrow when the ball gets old. So far I think it has been okay sighting the ball. I also found it easy catching the ball, even though one of the light towers wasn't used.

"It is a very different experience for us, but we want to see how it goes tomorrow. The only issue [is] it becoming discoloured [as it gets older], [which may] trouble the batsman because the ball will [need to] be changed. A newer ball under lights can swing around."

The BCB have set aside 30 balls for the five-day match as a precautionary measure, after concerns about its longevity had been raised. A domestic match in South Africa held in September last year was the last occasion when a pink ball was used in a competitive match. But concerns over its ability to hold colour, especially given how easily the sheen goes away, remained. It had to be changed roughly every 25 overs during the match

The other hurdle for many of the players will be to switch between the formats in such a short space of time. The BPL final was on February 19, ending four weeks of continuous Twenty20 cricket, and three days later it is a first-class final. But Marshall said it is hardly an issue. "I think we will manage between the formats quite well."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Mohammad on February 24, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    is it will be use in international match?if it will be owesome to see.welcome intitation.

  • sakib on February 23, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    why not use 2 different balls from both ends.

  • adeel on February 22, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    in the mid 90s i think, in australia domestic ODI torunament, orange balls were used. i thought they were quite good to use. even if the colour gets dull, orange is still visible.

    @GlobalCricketLover - the reason they are want the ball to last 80s overs in tests is if it didn't then sides will get out lot sooner. now with 80s overs before new ball is due, sides can score runs from say 30 overs on wards when the ball gets old. if they change after 50overs then it will be difficult for batsman under test conditions.

  • Chris on February 21, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    What Bangladeshi channel will this be televised the final? Also if this goes well then Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should play a day/night test match since ICC now allows this to happen and a good way to see if this will work.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    good because ICC also said that if they want play tests under lights, they will be allowed...................... good decision by BCB

  • MOHAMMAD on February 21, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Why not try with a Yellow Ball???

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    We used to play with red and double colored tennis balls as a teenager. Hope these guys are following the same.

  • g on February 21, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    never understood what's the issue with using a white ball. Why should it last 80 overs in the first place? Why not have the ball replaced every 50 overs? spinners come in to play a lot earlier with white ball than red its' not that we are putting spinners at disadvantage by changing ball after 50 overs..

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    New revolution in Cricket. Good see Pink ball under light.