BCCI in talks for pink ball with Dukes: Shirke

“We are still deliberating on a lot of issues. The conditions, the ball used and it’s longevity. Also whether it is fair to have only one Test with pink ball and other two with red ball. Whether it will be fair on the two teams,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke told PTI during an interaction.

Among the cricket balls used, India at home uses ‘SG Test’, ‘Dukes’ is used in England and West Indies while the rest of the Test playing nations use Kookaburra. It was learnt the chairman of BCCI’s technical committee Sourav Ganguly had suggested that at the experimental phase, even ‘Dukes’ should be tried as it has a better and thicker seam, helpful for Indian bowlers.

“According to Sourav’s observations, he feels that the kookaburra seam could be a problem in Indian conditions. He suggested that we should also check out with Duke Company if they can manufacture pink balls with pronounced seam. 

We are expecting a consignment from Dukes,” Shirke added.“Pink Dukes has been used during last edition of Karnataka Premier League T20 tournament. But since it was T20, BCCI top brass feels that it won’t be possible to use its feedback as a data for longer version of the game.

 It is important for the administrators to get assurance from manufacturers that a standard pink ball would have the ability to last 100 overs in sub-continental conditions,” said Shirke. There is every possibility that BCCI will use all the three pink balls -- Kookaburra, Dukes and SG Test during the Duleep Trophy to get feedback from the senior Indian players, who will take part in the event.

Interestingly, Shirke said that he has “no knowledge” of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) snubbing the Day/Night Test match with India as the discussions have not even reached that stage. “I have no knowledge about NZC snubbing us. I have never heard anything from them. There is a meeting with NZC to discuss details of the series,” Shirke added. 

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