The November 22-26 India vs Bangladesh day night Test match at the Eden Gardens will be played with the SG pink ball instead of a red ball. About 6 dozen or 72 pink balls have been ordered to be delivered for the Test. This is the first time India will be playing a day night Test match. Pink as a colour was settled upon after several trial and error experiments with yellow and fluorescent orange.
It was found that TV cameras found it difficult to pick up the ball in those colours and it was jarring to the eye. 16 different shades of pink were tried before the exact shade was finalized. The pink ball is made in the same way the red or white ball is made i.e cork, rubber and wool. The major difference is that the pink ball is not dipped in grease like the red ball which stops water from seeping in. Grease on the pink colour was thought to affect visibility. The pink ball swings more in the first 10 or 15 overs, but then once the seam gets soft, it becomes very easy for the batsmen. Extra layer of lacquer on the pink ball means the ball doesn’t get scuffed up easily therefore negating reverse swing.