NATIONAL SELECTORS Vikram Rathour and Saba Karim have expressed delight at the pink ball experiment being conducted in the ongoing Duleep Trophy, and said it should be extended in the upcoming Ranji season. “I think this is a good initiative and it should be implemented for the Ranji games as well. That’s my personal opinion. Either they play one game in every round or just the knock-out stage. There are a few things that are being discussed at this stage,” Rathour said.
Positive feedback from players and a sizeable turnout because of the night games are some of the reasons cited by them. “I have never seen such a large turnout for a Duleep Trophy final. Have you?…I think this is the way forward. I think it is to do with the night games. It gives people an opportunity to come to the ground and watch the game after work,” Rathour added.
Saba Karim said having day-night games was the way forward, as it would be the perfect exhibition for the game. “I think we have to look at the larger perspective. Low attendance has been an issue, and having a day/night game will make it more exciting and draw more crowds,” Saba said.
Both Karim and Rathour, however, reckoned it was a little too early to conduct pink ball Tests at the international level. Instead, the way forward was to use this in a more holistic manner across formats at the domestic level. “The ultimate thing is to have day/night Tests with the pink ball at the international level. But before that a lot of factors needs to addressed. Firstly, all the players must get acclamatised with the pink ball. Secondly, the ball must be used in all different surfaces and conditions to see how it behaves,” Rathour explained.
Open to changes
The selector’s comments comes after BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said at a press conference earlier in the day that the board will decide on the future course of action at the end of the Duleep Trophy final, after taking into account the feedback of players. “A game of soccer is popular because its rules don’t change often. We are open to changes. We are having pink ball Duleep Trophy and we are in no hurry. We will experiment in Ranji Trophy and then I will seek a detailed report,” Thakur said.