Eden Gardens to host India’s first pink-ball cricket match

The historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the country’s first pink-ball day-night match later this month. The final of the Super League, to be held from June 17 to 20, is expected to be played under lights. The Super League, featuring top eight teams in local cricket, has been introduced by the Cricket Association of Bengal this season, to streamline Bengal’s Ranji Trophy team selection.

A day-night final is CAB president Sourav Ganguly’s idea as he thinks pink-ball cricket is the “way forward” as far as the longest format is concerned. Also, with the BCCI seriously mulling hosting a couple of Test matches under lights in the coming season, the CAB is sniffing an opportunity possibly against Australia in March next year. – Indianexpress reported.

Though cricket in India is usually played with the SG ball, the Super League final will be played with a pink Kookaburra, which requires a specific set of conditions to last.

CAB secretary Abhishek Dalmiya said, “Certain conditions are required for the pink ball to hold up for a substantial period. We have spoken to Kookaburra’s subcontinent head and will follow the advice.”