Pink ball part of testing for day-night Test
The historic use of the experimental pink ball in the Regional First-class Championship will be part of an upcoming worldwide testing plan as the International Cricket Council (ICC) moves towards playing day-night Tests within a few years.
This was revealed by the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) chief executive, Ernest Hilaire, while speaking at the launch of the first day-night four day game, which bowls off on Friday between Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago, at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
He says there are concerns over the wear-and-tear of the white ball, pointing out that it has had to be changed a few times during a One Day International.
Hilaire says once the ICC endorsed the use of the pink ball for trial, it was incumbent on the WICB to follow suit.
This weekend’s match will be the first of four such fixtures with the second day-nighter scheduled for Kensington Oval in Barbados, for the fourth round clash between Barbados and Windward Islands.
The third game is set for the National Stadium in Guyana, for the fifth round game between Combined Campuses and Colleges and Jamaica.
The final day-night match will be played at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, where Combined Campuses and Colleges take on Leeward Islands in a final-round fixture.