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September 10, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Taufel gives backing to pink ball

Cricinfo staff
May 13, 2009

The Australian Test umpire, Simon Taufel, believes the pink ball being trialled by MCC could have a future in the game after watching it in action during a match at Lord's on Wednesday.

Taufel stood for ten overs of the contest between MCC and MCC Young Cricketers before flying back to Johannesburg where he will be umpiring in the final stages of the IPL.

"It looked pretty good." Taufel told the lords.org website. "There was a little bit of a comet trail to it but it certainly gave me a lot more information off the pitch and off the seam. My view was you could probably see it better than a white ball.

"Now we have to look at the duration of that ball. Will it last the 80, 90, 100 overs?" he asked. "What's it going to change [for] a swing bowler; or someone who uses shine as a method of competing in the game? Spinners - how do they feel about it? Can they grip the ball because it's not a dye, it's still a lacquer. Does that change the way we'd play Test cricket? That's something I'm conscious of."

Under the current regulations for one-day internationals, there is a mandatory ball-change after 34 overs, mainly due to the discoloration it suffers in the course of an innings. "With this [pink] ball we don't see that problem," said Taufel. "I've seen a ball that's 40 overs, 50 overs old - you don't get the same sort of discoloration. From that perspective, it's certainly a better colour."

Full article from Cricinfo (http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/404204.html)

Used pink and white cricket balls

September 10, 2009, 04:02 PM
From http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/cricket/shine-taken-off-bid-for-daynight-tests/2009/09/10/1252519592671.html
Researchers have been working on balls that could be used for day-night Tests, although testing on a pink version has uncovered excessive movement and grip issues that have made prototypes too dangerous to trial in matches, while the colour also wears off quickly.

September 10, 2009, 04:32 PM
NEXT IS WHAT: Pink cricket balls!

http://cricket.zeenews.com/fullstory.aspx?nid=22275The idea was tested at an indoor school at Lord’s two years ago to see whether a fluorescent ball can be spotted a fraction of a second earlier. Not surprisingly, the idea doesn’t find favour with the bowlers, who as it is, have a long standing feud with the administrators for making the game so heavily loaded in favour of the batsman!

John Stephenson, the MCC`s head of cricket, says: "We have tested pink balls in all forms of the game and our experiments show they are more durable than the white ball and they stand up to the scrutiny of television.”

"And with coloured clothing such an emotive issue, pink balls are also compatible with white clothing and black sightscreens. It`s worth trying."

While arguing the case for pink balls, Stephenson says: “Paint tends to flake off white balls and we have asked Kookaburra to produce a batch of pink ones because these show up so much better.”

“The challenge is to produce a ball which retains its colour. We shall start by trying them in fixtures such as MCC v Europe and in the university matches we sponsor.”

But as with every new initiative, here too, there have been a few false starts. Ball manufacturer Kookaburra recently developed a batch of pink balls for Australia to be used in women’s cricket. Even though the properties are same as the traditional balls, its initial tests have shown that they deteriorate too quickly.

Prior to pink, Orange balls were tested, but rejected as the televised images seem to be leaving a comet trail in the dark. Experiments with orange balls had begun in the Refuge Assurance Cup in domestic cricket in England in 1989.

Even a blue ball was once designed for women’s cricket, but was discontinued.

The latest on pink balls is that a high-profile MCC delegation comprising former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, Aussie legend Steve Waugh and our very own Rahul Dravid (all batsmen mind you!), have pushed the case for implementation of pink balls at a recent meeting at Lord`s.

And the buzz is that the idea could be implemented by next year itself when England are likely to play the first ever day-night Test in history against Bangladesh next year… under floodlights…and yeah, with pink balls!

September 10, 2009, 04:39 PM
Pink cricket ball trial succeeds

By Derek Pringle
Published: 12:01AM BST 22 Apr 2008

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00695/sport-graphics-2008_695213a.jpg A bright future? The pink ball was used at Lord's

The pink cricket ball experiment (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/04/21/scpink121.xml) went without obvious hitch at Lord's yesterday but it is the proscription of chuckers and superbats that the MCC are really out to nail with the research and development programme they are undertaking with Imperial College, London.

more (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/derekpringle/2297992/Pink-cricket-ball-trial-succeeds.html)

September 10, 2009, 05:28 PM
Adams not convinced by pink ball


<!-- E IIMA --> <!-- S SF --> Hampshire batsman Jimmy Adams believes players will need some time to get used to using the new pink ball.

The Hawks were victorious over Essex in a special Twenty20 challenge match on Wednesday night in which a pink ball was used with inconclusive results.

Adams told BBC Radio Solent: "It's hard to judge from just 40 overs whether it's more visible."

"It will take more time to get used to. Guys had trouble when white balls were first introduced." <!-- E SF -->

The pink cricket ball is the brainchild of former Hampshire captain John Stephenson who is now the head of cricket at the MCC.

The game's lawmakers are concerned that the white ball deteriorates too quickly - it is now replaced after 34 overs in one-day internationals - and its visibility to fielders and batsmen is also an issue in certain light conditions.

"It sounds silly but it just felt like a darkish version of the white ball," added Adams.

"Quite possibly the more we play with it the easier it will get, but when we fielded we all thought it was OK.

"To be honest I've always found the white ball can be hard to judge in the field under lights."<!-- E BO -->

September 10, 2009, 05:33 PM
From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/5084747/Angus-Fraser-against-floodlit-Lords-Test.html
MCC conducted trial matches at Lord's with a high-visibility pink ball last summer to try and solve the problem of durability. The 50-over contest against Scotland was considered a qualified success, though some players reported problems picking the ball up against the grass.

The MCC's plan appeared to reach a dead end in October, when the ECB rejected their proposals to use pink balls in domestic limited-overs matches this summer.

September 10, 2009, 06:01 PM
I dont understand the hubub with the color of the ball. I thought that the color is just a dye.
I am probably wrong but someone please explain to me how the color changes how the ball reacts to the ground and moves.

BTW it is kind of homo

September 11, 2009, 07:14 AM
We need to switch to orange balls, not as feminine as pink, whilst very easy to see, and wont fade in dye.


September 11, 2009, 01:23 PM
Orange ball has been ruled out as it's hard to detect in TV.

September 11, 2009, 02:06 PM
I dont understand the hubub with the color of the ball. I thought that the color is just a dye.
I am probably wrong but someone please explain to me how the color changes how the ball reacts to the ground and moves.

BTW it is kind of homo

The color has to do with visibility : Under floodlights, tv camera, against the jerseys/uniform etc.

The type of dye used fo the color can also impact the duration of the shine before its starts chipping away, the grip and slipperyness once that happens etc.

September 12, 2009, 10:57 AM
How hard would the red ball be to see in the night sky / in floodlights?

If you see a pink ball okay, why wouldn't the red ball be okay too?

September 12, 2009, 08:39 PM
If you see a pink ball okay, why wouldn't the red ball be okay too?
Pink is a brighter shade of red, so it should be more visible against night sky than red is. However, I don't think pink has been yet trialed well in day-night matches, so no one can say it will be okay at night.

September 12, 2009, 09:01 PM
Pink is a brighter shade of red, so it should be more visible against night sky than red is. However, I don't think pink has been yet trialed well in day-night matches, so no one can say it will be okay at night.

I saw a trial on Sky TV few days back when a Pro40 match finished early in Sussex. Initially they wanted to do a 5 over trial in Lords but that game rained off so they could not.
Seen about 3 overs bowl at slow medium pace. It leaves slight comet trail but not as much as orange ball which was trialled few years back.

September 13, 2009, 12:02 AM
BTW it is kind of homo

i don't get why people say that, i love rocking my pink shirts, and ami shoja pothe choli.

September 13, 2009, 01:28 AM
nah see the ball knows wat colour it is. it chooses to be visible or not. and since the ball knows wat colour it is, it chooses to move more n etc wen its pink than red.

and yah it is hard for batsmen to get used to it...cos changing the sticker on ur bat or washing ur jersey with different detergent etc can also affect ur batting.

September 13, 2009, 08:26 AM
If it is true than thanks for the information. Good to Know.

September 18, 2009, 01:12 AM
seen the pink ball. looks cute

December 12, 2009, 01:10 AM
MCC and Durham to play season's opener with pink balls in Abu Dhabi (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/dec/11/mcc-durham-abu-dhabi-pink-balls)

The MCC recently signed a three-year partnership with Abu Dhabi CC to share facilities at the Zayed Stadium and promote cricket in the region. But it is the desire to advance research into pink balls, which would allow Tests to be played at night in traditional white clothing, that is at the heart of the move. Indian Premier League franchises received a presentation from the MCC last month and are said to be enthusiastic about using pink balls in at least some of their games next season.