Eden Gardens ready to host India’s first pink ball match


Mumbai : Eden Gardens will host India’s first-ever pink ball cricket match. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Super League final from June 17 to 20. The game will be played under lights with a pink Kookaburra ball and will be telecast by Star Sports live across India. The Super League, featuring top eight teams in local cricket, has been introduced by the CAB this season, to streamline Bengal’s Ranji Trophy team selection.

"Pink-ball cricket indeed is the way forward. Test cricket's popularity has been steadily declining and we must do something to arrest the slide. The pink-ball Test in Australia last year received an overwhelmingly positive response and we must embrace the change. The Super League final under lights is an experiment with an eye to hosting day-night Tests in the near future. I think it would be a very good experience," said Ganguly, who also heads the BCCI technical committee that recommended that the Duleep Trophy be played with pink balls.

Avishek Dalmiya, the CAB secretary, was quoted as saying that the manufacturers of the Kookaburra ball had been contacted to discuss the conditions required for usage of the pink ball under lights.