Pink ball test India vs Bangladesh: Everything you need to know

Pink ball test India vs Bangladesh: Pink ball test match is a day and night test match, which is partly played under floodlights.

Nov 22, 2019 13:18 IST
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Pink ball test India vs Bangladesh: India is set to play its first-ever pink ball test match today against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

India will be the last major cricket playing nation to enter the pink-ball Test era with this match. Though the format was introduced in 2015, India was reluctant to join it until former captain Sourav Ganguly became the new BCCI Chairman.

The new regime under Sourav Ganguly decided to play pink ball test in India’s second and final test match in the two-series against Bangladesh. Ganguly managed to convince the Bangladesh Cricket Board to agree to the day and night test match.

Pink ball test: All you need to know

Pink ball test: India vs Bangladesh (second test)

Pink ball test timing: 1pm  IST

Pink ball test venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkatta

What is a pink ball test?

Pink ball test match is a day and night test match, which is partly played under floodlights. The ball used in the match is a pink ball instead of the usual red to enable better visibility under the lights.

Why is India playing a pink ball test match?

The pink ball test matches were introduced to make the five-day format more interesting and viewer friendly. It is aimed at increasing the crowd and audience.

When was the first-ever day/ night test match played?

The first-ever day and night test match was played between Australia and New Zealand at the Oval in Adelaide, Australia from November 27 to December 1, 2019.

Which countries have played day and night test matches?

The countries that have played D/N test matches include England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Which countries are yet to play D/N test matches?

Among the major cricket playing nations, only India is yet to play a D/N test match. The other nations include Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Ireland.

Why is a pink ball being used in day/ night test matches?

The pink-coloured ball for day/ night test matches was agreed upon, as it would be easily visible under the floodlights. It was decided upon after several failed experiments with yellow and orange balls. The main objective is for the ball to be clearly visible under the night conditions.

Why is the red ball not being used in day/ night test matches?

The red ball looks brownish under yellow floodlights, almost the same colour as the pitch. Hence it is difficult to spot.

How is the pink ball different from the red ball?

The pink ball has a better visibility under the floodlights than the red balls. While it is made up of the same material as the red ball, it is not dipped in grease, as it could affect visibility. It has a black outer seam for better grip.


India finally agreed to play day/night tests after resisting the format for long. The decision is aimed at increasing the popularity of the long-format.

The ICC had given its go ahead to the day/ night test matches on October 30, 2012.  Overall, 11 day/ night test matches have been played till now.

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