Melbourne – During their tour of Australia, South Africa are unwilling to play day and night test match. According to the Proteas’ Player Association, “The South African players have no experience playing with pink ball”.
South Africa is going to tour Australia in which they have to play a three match test series and the Cricket Australia announced, last year, that they are looking forward to have one of the three test matches as a day & night test.
In November 2015, Cricket Australia hosted the first day & night test match against New Zealand that brought a huge crowd in the ground and as well as on the television screens, but the players on both sides had their concerns over the visibility of the pink ball as it was hard to see at times.
The traditional red ball was replaced by the new pink ball for the day & night test cricket, but it becomes too hard to see the ball after the dark for the batsmen.
Tony Irish, the Chief Executive of South African Players Association, told an Australian newspaper that our players are reluctant to play the match under these conditions. The main reason why we are unwilling to play day & night test cricket is that none of our players, that are a part of Australia’s tour, has played cricket with the pink ball, he further added.
Last year, the New Zealand players had the same uncertainties about the fixture at Adelaide, but they were offered a handsome A$1 million by the Cricket Australia for their commitment. In that fixture, the organizers marked the test as a success despite the fact that Australia won that match in just three days.
Usually, the matches played at Adelaide are always well supported by the local fans and brings a lot of visitors, but there was a record attendance, 123,000, that was recorded in that match even that was not an Ashes fixture.
Cricket Australia will make an announcement on their summer schedule on upcoming Wednesday, but for now they are not commenting on the reservations of South Africa about the pink ball.