Former cricketers Sourav Ganguly, V. V. S. Laxman, and Dean Jones with Pink Balls during a panel discussion in Kolkata, on June 16, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
KOLKATA: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes cricket can do with a
little bit of innovation and therefore day-night Tests should be played
"It is about enjoying a day out. You are coming in
for entertainment. You have to market this game well and crowds will
come in plenty. Everything needs a bit of innovation, even cricket,"
Ganguly said in a panel discussion where he was flanked by former India
batsman V.V.S. Laxman and former Australia all-rounder Dean Jones.
once again said that pink-ball cricket is the way forward for Test
matches which are losing out on huge crowds. But he also pointed to the
fact that quality cricket will bring in fans and spectators anywhere
around the world.
"The Test series between Sri Lanka and England
witnessed great crowds. In the Lords’ game the stadium was packed to
capacity. I don’t believe when Virat Kohli stands to face Jimmy (James)
Anderson people won’t come in," Ganguly said.
The present Cricket
Association of Bengal (CAB) president has also organised a pink-ball
Super League final which will be played between Kolkata clubs
Bhowanipore and Mohun Bagan from June 18-21 at the Eden Gardens.
have been hearing the test match in Australia finished in three days.
How many times has a red ball Test finished in three days in Australia?
It is because of the quality of the side as well. This is to bring
people back into the ground, as you say innovations. We take time to get
used to changes and after six months and a few games we will see, it is
the way forward," he said.
Ganguly had also played pink ball
cricket when he was captaining MCC in Dubai and he said he had no
problems sighting the ball while batting.
"It was a lot brighter
because of its colour. Sometimes when you are in England it is very hard
to pick the dark duke ball. But with the pink ball there were no
problems," said the 43-year-old who has scored 11,363 runs in One-Day
The CAB chief also had to bring in pink
Kookaburra balls for the four-day Super League game and he said the ball
manufacturers have repeatedly warned him to have more grass on the
wicket and the practice pitches beside it.
"Fifteen days back
when I had with Kookaburra, they told me to get the conditions right.
They told me to have more grass on the wicket and the pitches which are
close to it. Otherwise it might get scuffed up easily," he remarked.
Ganguly opined that all the negativity around the pink ball will go away once the players get used to it.
have to let them play with the ball. Once you know the deficiencies,
you can improve the ball with the technology that is now a days
available. But try it out. Give to someone like Ravichandran Ashwin. If
he gets a six-for with it, he will say it is the best thing they have,"
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