Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel excited about playing day/night matches with the pink ball

Irfan Pathan in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Irfan Pathan in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The pink ball and day/night matches made its India debut with the final of the Super League between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore Club at the Eden Gardens. Bagan won the game on the back of a superb bowling performance led by Indian pacer Mohammad Shami. The players were excited about playing with the pink ball and following the match there has been a positive wave about it in the country among players and administrators. Joining the list are Baroda T20 skipper Irfan Pathan and Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel.

The BCCI has also decided to induce the pink ball in the domestic circuit. India’s premier first-class competition the Duleep Trophy this year will be played under lights and with the pink ball. Its going to be huge for the bowlers considering the fact that the pink ball assists swing and domestic cricket is full of bowlers who are at their best when there is lateral movement on offer.


One among those is Irfan Pathan, on being asked for his thoughts on the introduction of the pink ball in Duleep Trophy Irfan said, “Its going to be an exciting time ahead for this season. The Indian team is playing a lot of Test cricket so a lot of focus this season is going to be on domestic cricket, on four-day and five-day cricket. A lot of people are talking about it and even the BCCI is looking forward to the use of pink ball in the day/night Duleep Trophy is going to be fantastic, I think it’s really going to be a crowd puller the day/night games and that’s one thing I am looking forward to this season.”

Parthiv who was there at the first BCCI conclave in Dharamshala also sounded excited for the introduction of day/night games in domestic cricket and said, “Its very exciting to play with the pink ball and especially under lights. Everyone is looking forward to it. We saw one game which was played in Kolkata. It felt really good watching it on the TV, the world is evolving and we all as players are looking forward to playing the Duleep Trophy with the pink ball.

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