The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) finally gave a glimpse of the pink balls that would be used for India’s historic day/night Test against Bangladesh which starts from November 22 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. In a video shared by BCCI on Twitter, a member of the Indian team opens the box which contains the SG pink balls that will be used for the Test. He then picks up the pink cherry as the camera zooms in closer to give a clearer look at it.
The Indian cricket team in Indore had a session in the nets with the pink ball as well. BCCI captioned the video: “Looks who’s here – unboxing the Pink cherry. #TeamIndia had a stint with the Pink Ball at the nets today in Indore.”
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According to a report in IANS on Tuesday, a BCCI official confirmed the development and said that sessions have been re-planned keeping in mind the need to call stumps by 8 pm as the ball would get really wet if play carried on post 8 pm in Kolkata in late November.
“Keeping in mind the dew factor, the BCCI approved CAB’s request to change the playing hours in the second Test. While play will start at 1 pm, the first session will end at 3 pm. The second session will start from 3:40 pm and continue till 5:40 pm. The final session will be played from 6 pm till 8 pm,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Eden Gardens curator Sujan Mukherjee reckoned that starting the match earlier would help in fighting the dew factor.