Darren Bravo, will be expected to fire on all cylinders in upcoming Test series vs Pakistan    Getty Images (File Photo)
Darren Bravo will be expected to fire on all cylinders in upcoming Tests vs Pakistan Getty Images (File Photo)

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo vowed to give his best shot on the challenge of facing a newly introduced pink ball in the day-night Test against Pakistan starting in Dubai on October 13. The 27-year-old left-hander smashed an attractive 91 in the West Indies’ drawn three-day practice game against Pakistan Cricket Board Patron’s XI in Sharjah and also played with the pink ball as a day-night affair. Bravo admitted batsmen could not pick up the seam of the pink ball but said the challenge was exciting. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test match

“Most of the guys were complaining that they were not able to pick up the seam that well. We need to accept the challenge as quickly as possible and go out and give it our best shot.”

The day-night Test with a pink ball will only be the second in Test cricket’s 140-year-old history, following the Australia-New Zealand encounter under the same conditions at Adelaide in November 2015.

The manufacturers of the Kookaburra ball admitted they have changed the seam of the pink ball from dark green and white — on the balls used in Adelaide — to a black that was subsequently trialed in First-Class cricket with improved visibility. ALSO READ: Pakistan vs West Indies, Day-Night Test: Devendra Bishoo says, pink-ball can help bamboozle hosts

Bravo pointed out that batting under lights on a pink ball is difficult. He stated, “I think when we play in the lights the ball turns more than in the sunshine and that’s the difficult time to bat. But it’s a good experience and the more time you spend in the middle it becomes easier,” said Bravo, who backed day-night Tests. “They (administrators) are trying the day-night Tests to encourage people to come, they can come after their work and have time to bring their families and that’s a positive. Let’s hope people come and support Test cricket once more.”

Bravo admitted West Indies were poor in the preceding Twenty20 (T20Is) and One-Day International (ODI) series where they were whitewashed by Pakistan 3-0.

On the debacle, he replied, “Quite honestly, by all means we didn’t really perform well in the shorter formats of the game and we are disappointed about that but in the Tests we will try our best to put in much better performance. The guys have worked hard and we are very excited about this Test with the pink ball and then the last two with the normal red ball,” said Bravo.

The remaining two Tests of the three-Test series will be played in Abu Dhabi from October 21-25 and Sharjah from October 30 to November 3.