South Africa shows concerns about day-night test
The Head of SA Cricketers Association has shown some concerns about playing the day-night tests in Australia later in the year.
According to the SA Head of Cricketers Association, there are still some serious questions about the day-night tests despite of the fact that the first day-night test played between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide was a huge success.
The first test played with the pink ball was attended by 123,736 spectators, the game was exciting and around 3.10 million viewers tuned into witness the close contest.
The game was a huge success, but, still players reported some difficulties in seeing the pink ball in the dark and conditions were altered to preserve the condition of the ball.
Although, the schedule 2016-17 has not been announced yet, but, there are reports that two day-night tests are scheduled in the international summer against South Africa and Pakistan in Adelaide and Brisbane respectively.
According to Tony Irish, none of Proteas players have played with the pink ball at any level yet, they would not risk a series decider of an important series in a completely unknown game.
Tony said, “Not a single one of our players has played with the pink ball under lights at any level of cricket and, despite the fairly widespread praise of the concept in Australia, player feedback from Australia and New Zealand indicates that there are still significant on field concerns,”
“A number of players from both teams said they had trouble seeing the ball in the evening and that conditions had to be doctored to preserve the condition of the ball.
“The players are not totally against the concept or anti innovation but feel that this is still very experimental and this is obviously an important series for them.
“They don’t want to be out there not knowing what to expect in what could be a match which decides the series. More work needs to be done on making the ball more durable.
“From a South African point of view the players feel it would be extremely disadvantageous to agree to playing a day-nighter at this stage and in such a big series.” He further added, “I think it’s highly unlikely that CSA (Cricket South Africa) will agree.”
Pink ball is not very much durable, over the past few years, some changes in the ball have made. To make the pink ball last longer, extra grass was left on the pitch and the seam is stitched with green and white thread instead of the black thread that was used in the Sheffield Shield tournament.