Five major hurdles for Ganguly’s day-night cricket plan

Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly means business. If he has said it, he will have the Heavens on his side to do it. He has proven himself as the captain of the Indian cricket team. He is determined to deliver as the captain of Indian cricket.

Captain Sourav has revived Indian cricket from the turmoil in the aftermath of the ugly match-fixing saga. As the captain of Indian cricket he has taken upon himself among other things to revive Test and the Indian domestic cricket.

Tests under bright lights is Ganguly’s vision to brighten prospects of Test cricket. Sourav has always advocated for the day-night cricket with pink ball. He batted for the format firmly even as the formula has failed with the Ranji Trophy finals for several years.

A major hurdle in implementing day-night Tests is cleared with Virat Kohli being on Ganguly’s side to implement the idea. He is getting support from the fraternity. However, the way forward still is not easy.

There are talks about the day-night Test happening as early as against the visiting Bangladesh next month. Here are the five major challenges for the day-night cricket to see the light of the day.

Little Time for Kolkata Test: There is an assumption that if all goes well, the second Test of the two-match series against Bangladesh may be played under flood lights at the Eden Gardens. Easier said than done. With less than four weeks for the Test to start on November 22, there is little chance of getting a nod from the BCCI apex council and Bangladesh Cricket Board as well as mandatory clearances from the authorities. Getting the right quality pink balls will be another concern.

Not enough time for Ganguly: Unless there is an amendment in the tenure and cooling off period clause for the Indian cricket administrators, Ganguly has got only ten months in the office of the BCCI President. His present term will expire in August next year. After the Bangladesh series, India does not have a home Test series until December-January 2020-2021. If doesn’t happen in the upcoming series against Bangladesh, it remains to be seen what stand Ganguly’s successor is going to change if there is a change of the guard in BCCI president’s office.

Quality of Pink Balls: So far, the pink balls used in day-night first class games have not been up to the mark to last for 80 overs before the second new ball become due. There have also been complaints during the experimental phase when Ranji Trophy finals were played under floodlights during late nineties.

Dew factor during winters: Dew, coupled with the ball that softens sooner than expected and accepted, has been another major concern with the bowlers. If a Test is played after dusk in northern India during winters, dew will be a major cause of concern. This forces spinners virtually out of equation and upsets the balance of bowling attack.

Global acceptance: It remains to be seen how the global fraternity accepts the change. It is important to get the nod of the boards of the visiting teams for an agreement on the day-night Test matches.