Sanspareils Greenlands, official cricket ball suppliers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, is ready to provide the desired number of “quality” pink balls if the Kolkata Test were to be played under lights.
Sanspareils Greenlands has laid to rest all doubts about quality and durability of the ST Test balls as Indian seamers wreaked havoc and batsmen slammed record for the highest number of sixes in a Test innings in the just-concluded home series against South Africa. The seam, the hardness, the shape – all were perfect for international cricket as long as the ball stayed in use. The match balls this time were not in news for the simple reason that being good and up to the mark do not make headlines.
The official cricket ball supplier of the BCCI and manufacturer of SG cricket gear, Sanspareils Greenlands has confirmed to insidesport.co that the company is ready to provide pink colored balls of desired quality well in time for the Kolkata Test against Bangladesh. The BCCI though has not approached them with any requirement as yet.
“We are fully prepared to deliver the (pink) balls at any destination in India in ten days’ time. Technically speaking there is not much difference between the red cherry and the pink balls. Seam, hardness, and materials are all similar. Since the pink balls are lighter in shade we have to ensure that the color lasts for eighty overs and there is no glare under the lights so that batsmen can sight the ball properly. We have done enough R&D and finalized the paint needed to produce pink balls for day-night Tests,” Sanspareils Greenlands Managing Director Paras Anand told insidespot.co.
Anand also dismissed concerns about the pink balls’ seam. “We have tried and tested SG pink balls. The color, the hardness, the seam everything will last for 80 overs. Results of the trials have been very satisfactory,” adds Anand, while clarifying the poor seam quality of the balls used during the day-night Duleep Trophy games. “I cannot comment on that. Those were not SG balls,” he said.
An SG pink ball has never been used in the first-class domestic cricket in India. Anand said the ball has passed all the required trials and “BCCI’s technical committee can take a final call after evaluating it”.
Paras though agrees that dew can play its role in a day-night game. “But that is the same for both the teams. As the ball manufacturers, we have little control over playing conditions. Having said it, SG balls with higher and harder seam will offer better grip at any given time,” he adds.
The BCCI is still awaiting the nod from the Bangladesh Cricket Board. If all goes well, then the second Test of the two-match series against Bangladesh will be played under the lights from November 22 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata