BCCI has asked SG, The makers of the red balls used in first-class cricket in India, to provide 72 new balls for the Test match against Bangladesh that is scheduled to be played at Eden Gardens from November 22.
TOI has learned that the BCCI Indian team management has asked for balls that behave similar to how the red balls do in India. Confirming the development, SG’s director Paras Anand told TOI: “We have taken feedback from the players. Our thought process is to make the pink ball as similar to the red ball as possible.”
The major problem with the pink ball is retaining the color and shape of the ball. In this case, retaining reverse swing – a phenomenon which is an intricate part of how Test cricket is played in this part of the world – is a huge challenge.
“The red ball has a dark color. That allows the players to shine the ball to help it swing all day. Pink ball already starts with a bright color. Balancing that is something that we are working on,” Anand revealed, adding that the balls would be sporting the traditionally pronounced seam.
The balls are expected to be delivered to the board by next week which will give plenty of time to the Test specialists in Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Pujara to get used to the balls.
Interestingly, the Indian team had complained about the quality of red balls last year. However, Anand believes that they have resolved the issue. “We have made the balls harder and the Indian team gave positive feedback. We have tried to replicate the hardness in the pink balls as well,” Anand claimed.