Cricket Australia has met another hurdle in their way to play two back to back test matches in the summer later this year. This time Australian Cricketers’ Association has raised questions about playing two pink ball test matches as they feel a single test of this nature will be sufficient.
The final test against South Africa in Adelaide and the first test against Pakistan at Gabba are supposed to be day/night tests. However, South African cricketers have shown some serious concerns about the new form of the test match.
Alistair Nicholson, the ACA CEO had a brief meeting with James Sutherland, the CEO of CA on Thursday and discussed the matter. A more detailed meeting is likely to take place after the ongoing IPL and the fate of day/night test matches of this summer will be decided.
Nicholson said, “The recent media regarding whether South Africa will or won’t play a day-night Test is only one part of the equation,” he further added, “There are many other factors to be considered. The feedback we are receiving from our playing group is that there still remain concerns over day-night Tests and whilst there is acknowledgement that this format may grow the game, at this stage the players would prefer to only play one day-night Test in 2016-17.”
He went on to say, “Pink-ball Tests are a fundamentally different game to traditional red-ball Test matches. We continue to be concerned about the durability and visibility of the pink ball, both the changing light conditions and the specifically prepared pitches are altering the conditions that the players are used to at each venue.”
Pink balls’ durability is still questionable as the playing conditions are altered to make this ball to last longer. These alterations in conditions affects the outcome of the game and the first day/night test match between New Zealand and Australia was over in three days due to extra grass left on the wicket.
Nicholson believes that board must listen to the legitimate concerns of players. However, they believe that it will be a great contest to watch under lights if CSA agrees to play a pink ball test.