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Pink balls and day/night matches: Boon or bane?
With the International Cricket Council giving the go-ahead for day/night Test matches, one is not guaranteed about its success, but it definitely has some pros as well as cons.

DAY/NIGHT TEST matches were on the ICC cards for some time now, and they have been given the green signal. Pretty soon, we would witness Test matches being played during the night, is the two respective teams' boards agree to play. Before a match commences the colour of the ball also needs to be decided. But it is a good move by the ICC, especially with Test matches' popularity on the decline.

The ICC has always attached great importance to the longest format of the game, Test cricket, and are eager to revive interest among fans, who are getting carried away by the shorter format, T20. International Test matches have always been played in the light of the day, never ever has it been tried during the night. But, that day is going to come soon, when history books would be re-written - two Test playing nations engaging themselves for the first official day/night Test match.

But, one may say it is an experiment by the ICC, which may or may not go well. If it does not help in the overall development of the game, it would not be surprising if such matches are scrapped. One of the major problems that the players would have is encountering and coping with the dew factor that sets in during the night. As seen from day/night ODIs it is the bowlers who face a difficult task to grip the ball, primarily in the sub continent. On the other hand, the batsmen have an edge, where the ball starts to skid off the surface and makes it easier for the batsmen to score freely. The game is no fun if either the bowler or batsman is handicapped.

Test matches has always been played with the red cherry, but there are more chance that the ball to be used for the contest would be either white or pink. It is the latter, which has been experimented with good results, so it might be pink balls, but it all depends upon the cricket boards of the two teams, who are playing that particular series and match. One has to understand that the white ball swings more than any other ball, so it could be a real test for openers with three to four slip fielders waiting to pounce on the catch, if it comes their way.

Suresh Raina, an Indian cricketer also put it across clearly that playing a day/night Test match in India is not going to be an easy task, especially due to the foggy weather conditions during the night. With the ICC taking this decision, the Indian team also has to take a call as to when they would like to host their first day/night Test match. But, it is the Indian cricket fans, who might make it for such matches, as most of the Test matches(at present) are played during the office working hours, but avid cricket fans can still go after their office hours and enjoy the game, which is expected to run till 9-10 pm. This day/night chould play a major role in bringing some section of the crowd back to the game and who knows if pink balls and day/night games are the way forward.

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