Mantri KPL Season II Goes Pink
T20 Cricket is all about innovation. We have seen batsmen playing improvised shots like the Dilscoop and bowlers bowling the slow bouncer. We have seen commentators on the field of play as opposed to being confined to the studio. We now have players in dug-outs on the field as opposed to sitting in the dressing rooms. And now ……. We Have The Pink Ball!
The KSCA has decided to use the pink ball for the upcoming Mantri KPL T20 tournament. This will be the first time that the pink ball will be used in an official cricket match in India. The KSCA in its endeavour to innovate will be assisting the cricket regulatory authority by providing a fair assessment of the pink ball.
On the decision to introduce Pink Ball, Mr. Brijesh Patel, Honorary Secretary, KSCA, says, “We are happy to take a pioneering step to use and test the Pink Ball in Mantri KPL II. The teams have started practicing with it and are now geared up for a challenging tournament.”
For the Mantri KPL Season II , KSCA has specially imported Dukes balls from England.
Syed Kirmani, former Indian wicketkeeper, is all for experimentation: “It is a good idea to experiment with the pink ball this KPL. There is no harm in trying it out to see how it performs.”
Stuart Binny, Bijapur Bulls, who bowled with the pink ball during the IPL practice sessions for Mumbai Indians this year, says “It is a good idea to use the pink ball in Mantri KPL this year. If it works well and the players are satisfied with it then they could even start using it in IPL.”
The pink ball may provide an option of playing Test Cricket on a Day-Night basis and thereby encourage more spectators to watch Test matches. The pink ball will also retain the visibility longer than the white ball as players constantly complain about the white ball getting dirty and difficult to sight in the latter stages of a one-day game.
According to Roger Binny, former India medium-pacer, the pink ball will be a welcome change. He says, "It is a step in the right direction. We have to make changes that will make the game more comfortable for the players. The pink ball doesn't pick up much dirt unlike the white ball which gets difficult to sight. It is the ball of the future."
As the excitement for the use of Pink Ball is building up for players, it is certain that this year the competition is much stiffer, making it an exciting season of cricket gaming .
Cricket commentator Charu Sharma says. “The pink ball experiment has been necessitated by seeking better visibility as the white ball tends to get dirty very soon while trials with the pink ball have shown that the effects of wear and tear tend to show much slower on the pink ball”.
The authorities may wish to keep an eye on the proceedings of the tournament to monitor the practicability and performance of the pink ball. It certainly is worth trying and if the ICC is satisfied with the performance of the pink ball, we may soon get to watch Test cricket played under lights, which will provide the much needed revival for the game. With Mantri KPL II , KSCA could very well take credit for pioneering this revival .