Cricket Australia looks forward to develop the pink ball used in the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide © Getty Images
Cricket Australia looks forward to develop the pink ball used in the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide © Getty Images(Representational Photo)

Cricket Australia (CA) looks forward to develop the pink ball that was used in the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide a month ago and now has become well known for it. Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum, called the historic match as “roaring success”. There were around 123,736 viewers at Adelaide Oval for the three days of that game. The pink ball did not attract any controversy, even though it was subject to lot of debate. No innings lasting more than 73 over, however the ball remained undamaged with the green pitch and grassy outfield helping the ball remain intact. READ: Courtney Walsh expects pink ball cricket to succeed in Caribbean

CA and Kookaburra have taken up an agenda of players feedback, as they were visibility issues and pick ups at certain time. However the possibility remains of changing the seam’s colour to “jet black” and eliminating the “glow” of the pink ball. “We’re already working on potentially the next evolution of the pink ball,” CA head of cricket operations Sean Cary said. “(CA and Kookaburra have) talked about how we can improve the sight of the ball”, as quoted by READ:VVS Laxman, Kapil Dev express delight ahead of day-night Test

“Having said that, I know from a fan and a TV viewer perspective, the pink ball sticks out like a beacon and it is quite surprising to hear the players struggle to pick it up both under lights and in natural daylight. The one thing we’re really trying to work on is that seam, and having spoken to Kookaburra, they think because the pink ball is so bright it actually glows, and if there is any variance of colour on the ball, the glowing nature of the ball actually kills that variance of colour. “So we’re looking at ways we can make that ball not glow as much, and have a bigger contrast in the (colour of the) seam. The next ball we look at will have almost a jet black seam to see if that creates a contrast which provides a better seeing piece for the player,” Sean Cary said.

A feeling of anxiousness was felt by the people to witness the use of the pink ball however, the players group was not yet completely sold, but Cary expects the players group to be normal with time. “As we continue to play more day-night Test cricket, and we continue to evolve the ball and the conditions that we play under, the players will get used to it … maybe in five years’ time they’ll think ‘what was all the fuss about?, we want to have a cricket that is enjoyed by both the people out in the middle and the people watching them play, so it’s very important to get the players’ feedback and react to it if we possibly can.”

The possibility of another day-night Test has already been mooted and Cary said the prospect had already been met with “enormous interest”. Next summer South Africa and Pakistan are expected to take part in the 3-match Test series in Australia. “We’re certainly trying to work with our visiting countries to explore the opportunity of playing day-night Tests, and to be honest there is an enormous amount of interest there,” he says. “I can’t guarantee a day-night Test match against South Africa and Pakistan, (but) we’re hopeful of playing at least one next summer, but we need those two Boards to be able to trial it, practice with the pink ball and play some competitive cricket in their own countries, and once they’ve done that, the players will have a little bit more comfort around wanting to play.”

“But we’re certainly working with our visiting countries to provide the research, the feedback and whatever we can to get them more accustomed to the thought of playing day-night Test cricket,” he signed off.