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May 20

Cricket’s Pink!

In a desperate bid to reinvigorate cricket’s Test game, pink balls were launched into the cricketing world in order to play day-night matches and attract many more spectators. Pink balls debuted for the first time in the long history of Test matches in November 2015 when Australia took on New Zealand in the first day-night match at the Adelaide Oval.

Pink balls

The cricket balls are a bright pink hue, which increases visibility when floodlights shine upon them as day turns to night. This revolutionary match saw Australia and New Zealand compete under new and exciting conditions, eliciting a much-needed spark to boost the Test game. With a worldwide audience, this new development has brought about a fresh interest in the game.

The pink cricket balls are the result of years of research and development for the sole purpose of producing a day-night match ball. The pink ball is deemed as the fresh face of cricketing, and its introduction in 2015 drew huge crowds to the first day-night Test match.

Changes to tradition

For a sport that is steeped in tradition and history, cricket purists may be appalled at this development and the playing of a Test match under floodlights. For 148 years, the classic five-day game has been a daytime-only affair. However, shorter versions such as the 50-over matches and Twenty20 contests finish in an evening and have been played on floodlit pitches for decades.

Not everyone is happy with the pink ball, and players have voiced their concerns over its visibility. Other concerns for playing day-night matches are the evening dew and lighting quality at other venues. While Adelaide had favourable conditions, other venues may not, and this is of concern to cricketers who play on the global scene.

Further developments continue with the pink ball, and with the right tweaking, we will see the perfect day-night ball evolve, allowing for more flexible fixtures and scheduling plans for the game of cricket in the future. Hopefully this flexibility will revive the sport and see a rise in levels of spectators not only in the grounds themselves but all around the world.

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