Australian cricket and hockey equipment brand Kookaburra had unveiled a new cricket ball, specifically developed for the T20 games.
Kookaburra is expecting that the first cricket ball created specifically for Twenty-20 games could be introduced to T20 leagues and international cricket before the 2020 men’s World T20 in Australia.
The ball is designed to stay harder for longer, which Kookaburra believes will “promote balance between bat and ball”. Currently, the same white ball is used for both ODIs and T20Is.
“As Twenty20 cricket evolved, Kookaburra thought there should be a way to create a ball specific to its needs rather than follow the traditional method of ball-making that is used in Test cricket,” Kookaburra spokesman Shannon Gill said.
“A Test ball is designed to gradually deteriorate over 80 overs, this is an integral element to Test cricket. Twenty20 cricket has evolved quite differently; the ball is only needed for 20 overs and the action is more intense and explosive than Test cricket.
“This means gradual deterioration is not as big a factor, instead a ball that meets the demands of the power hitting game has been created.”
The new ‘Turf20’ ball, which has been crafted to better withstand the powerful hitting of the game’s shortest format, was used in a blind test in the Northern Territory Strike competition last weekend.
The trial was the latest step in the development of the new ball, which Kookaburra will continue testing over the next 18 months before offering it to cricket boards by late 2020.