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5 difficulties Pakistani players faced with the pink ball

The pink balls didn’t retain their shine
Modified 08 Jan 2016, 15:56 IST
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The Pakistan Cricket Board opted to use the pink ball in Pakistan domestic cricket, in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. It was played between United Bank Limited, captained by Younis Khan, and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, captained by Misbah-ul-Haq. SNGPL won the match with a score of 238 runs against 208 runs of UBL. The resulting feedback on the use of the pink ball was far from positive, as the players found it difficult to acclimate themselves to it. Misbah-ul-Haq was supportive of the idea of day-night matches. He said "These day-night Test matches are required, as cricket has become commercial now like other sports. What is important is to keep on evolving and it's important for the public interest and as a professional player we also have to get used to it." "Considering the future with day-night cricket, I think everyone should be playing it and in Pakistan domestic cricket every team should get at least two or three matches every season and not just the final.” Here are five difficulties both sides had with the pink ball.

#1 Pink ball losing its shine

The pink ball is designed to be shiny. But the shine doesn't remain uniform while being thrown and smashed all around the field. It is normal for a ball to change its characteristics as play progresses, but the pink ball added a new wrinkle of losing its sheen. 
Taufeeq Umar, SNGPL opening batsman said "Probably it's more about the ball being old. The ball started to get rough, darker and starting mixing up with the light. The time when the floodlights came on and sunlight went down, that was a tricky time and by then if the ball is old and rough, the visibility is the problem for a batsman and fielder as well."
"As soon as the lacquer came off, the pinkish colour started to fade out and you really have to push hard to concentrate."
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Published 08 Jan 2016, 13:17 IST
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