PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, 4 September
In a first of its kind in India, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will be organising the four-day final of pre-season S K Acharya Memorial Trophy (Ranji Pre-season tourney) where pink balls will be used and the match will be played under floodlights.
The final match of four-team tournament will be played at the Eden Gardens from October 1-4. Bengal A, Bengal B, Odisha and Jharkhand are the four participating teams in the tournament that begins on 15 September. Pink balls have been used in Australian domestic circuit strictly on experimental basis while one of the opening games in an English County few years back was also played with pink balls.
CAB treasurer and member of the BCCI’s NCA sub-committee member Biswarup Dey revealed the elaborate plans.
“Day/Night first-class matches are way forward and we wanted to be the first in India to try it out on an experimental basis. The players will be wearing white clothing and pink balls will be used. The sightscreen will be black,” Dey said over phone from Kolkata.
Dey informed that he has already placed an order for pink balls with noted Australian ball manufacturing company — Kookaburra.
“We have ordered for four dozens of pink balls. Each ball will cost us approximately INR 6500.”