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The Pink Test

by No Frills Sports Tech LLP on November 23, 2019

The article is written by Shikhar Nehru, CEO of NFSporTech.

The nation is gearing up for the first Day Night test match to be played in India at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh.

Pink ball has taken all the attention and I bet half of the nation doesn’t know who India is playing against. We hear that a full-house is expected at the game.

These are exciting times for Test cricket. But a lot is at stake too. 

Dada as BCCI Chief

The start of the Test match would mark Saurav Ganguly’s completion of 1 month as BCCI Chief. This is his first project since he assumed office and he would be very keen to score big during Powerplay. 

Fate of Test cricket

With the popularity of shorter formats of the game rising swiftly, test cricket was in dire need of a new lease of life. With almost all test playing nations embracing Pink ball, India has yet to do so. Though, Pink ball has been in use in domestic cricket (Duleep Trophy), the 2019 edition saw the tournament moving back to Red ball - Day format because of lack of viewership.

Test of the Pink Ball

The Pink ball is made slightly differently; with extra lacquer and a black seam-stitch in place of the conventional white thread.

The ground is prepared with an extra coat of grass. The pitch is told to be covered with about 6mm-8mm grass coat as against a usual 4mm.

The reason for these modifications is obvious; to support longevity of the ball.

The Pink Ball has been made by SG (Mr. Paras Anand) and the Curator is Sujan Mukherjee. The REAL TEST is about how these two gentlemen have fared.

(that's me with Mr. Paras Anand at an airport and with Mr. Sujan Mukherjee at Eden Gardens)

Shikhar Nehru & Paras Ananad

Shikhar Nehru with Sujan Mukherjee