Griffith Pleased with Pink Balls

DUBAI — The experiment of using the pink balls in cricket seems to be heading in the right direction. At least that’s what Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) Chairman Mike Griffith feels.

By Jai Prasad V Rai

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Published: Tue 2 Mar 2010, 12:07 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:36 AM

The pink ball was used by the MCC team in the matches they played in Dubai and Sharjah, and Griffith said he was “very pleased” with the pink balls. “We were very pleased with the pink balls in this trip. It keeps the colour for a longer period than the white ball,” said the former Sussex captain.

The team will head to Oman where they will further continue to experiment with the pink ball in different conditions. “We have been experimenting the ball in different situations and backgrounds. We used the white and black backgrounds. So far it has been a very interesting experience. The experimenting will happen all around the world.”

The MCC played against Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, the Emirates Cricket Board, Sharjah Invitation XI and ECB Development Squad and won all their matches. “We used it for all the matches here. We will be experimenting it for another two or three months here and then probably have a meeting in regard to this. We would be happy to use the pink ball and white clothing which would best suit Test cricket. We also have tried it with coloured clothing,” Griffith said.

The players, most of whom were experiencing the pink ball for the first time, have also given a positive response to the new coloured balls used during the matches. “Players are favourable to this experiment and they feel its easier to see than the white ball. They want to see further how it responds and since we have balls from different manufacturers including the Kookaburras and Dukes. We have to try all the companies and experiment them under different conditions and figure out which would best suit for our plans.”

The experiment of using pink balls would be implemented across the world and for now the ball is being experimented in India and Australia in the University matches.

“We will be trying out the ball in many countries and probably only then we can come to a decision on this experiement,” he added.

Griffith had a word of praise to the grounds in the UAE. Appreciating the organisers efforts, he said he was very impressed with the Al Dhaid grounds, where the MCC played a match. “The Al Dhaid ground was really lovely, especially the wicket. It was excellent and very different. It’s a small ground but we were very pleased with the way the wicket played. It makes an ideal place for club cricket,” he added.

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