IN PICS: What they've said about the pink ball

The pink Kookaburra ball used in Dubai for the day-night Test between Pakistan and West Indies has been a hot topic of discussion.

Barnaby Read
by Barnaby Read
17th October 2016

article:17th October 2016

In only its second outing, day-night Test cricket has come to Dubai with a number of question marks over the format.

A great number of the concerns are borne out of the importance placed on day-night Tests as the saving grace of Test match cricket as it bids to fend off dwindling crowds across the globe.


The small crowds in the UAE have been a major talking point in this Test match but the other issue has been how the pink Kookaburra ball has played.

It has had to be replaced on a number of occasions and after just three overs of Pakistan’s second innings as it has failed to hold its shape over the long periods required.

Pakistan have also pointed to the ball’s softness as a reason for its lack of swing, which has taken something away from both sides’ bowling armouries.

Kookaburra has said they will go back to the drawing board with its ball and encourage feedback from this Test which will hopefully benefit its use going forward.


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IN PICTURES: What Pakistan and West Indies have said about the day-night Test’s pink ball

The pink Kookaburra ball used in Dubai for the day-night Test between Pakistan and West Indies has been a hot topic of discussion.

Azhar Ali brought up concerns about the seam in the build-up to the Test.

Azhar Ali brought up concerns about the seam in the build-up to the Test.

Darren Bravo echoed those thoughts.

Darren Bravo echoed those thoughts.

Jason Holder was positive about the ball but said fielders had problems.

Jason Holder was positive about the ball but said fielders had problems.

Marlon Samuels spoke on day three about the visibility.

Marlon Samuels spoke on day three about the visibility.

While Wahab Riaz was frustrated by the ball's softness and lack of swing.

While Wahab Riaz was frustrated by the ball's softness and lack of swing.

Mickey Arthur thinks the pink ball is the biggest issue with day-night Test cricket.

Mickey Arthur thinks the pink ball is the biggest issue with day-night Test cricket.

Devendra Bishoo gives insight into why the new ball was changed after just three overs of Pakistan's second innings.

Devendra Bishoo gives insight into why the new ball was changed after just three overs of Pakistan's second innings.