Tigers get over pink ball syndrome

Saif ruled out

Sports Correspondent

21 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Tigers get over pink ball syndrome

Bangladesh look to have got over the pink-ball syndrome as they coming into terms with it at nets of Eden Gardens ahead of their day and night Test match, scheduled in Kolkata from November 22.

 Bangladesh will end their campaign against India at Eden with the historic day-night game and it looked like they are now more comfortable with the pink ball than before as earlier they looked to have gone under their shell after the loss in the opening Test inside three days.

Their mindset was translated in their practice session during their two-day long stint at Indore stadium where they were too much focus on trying to analyse the modus operandi of the pink ball.

At Indore, the batsmen were too cautious in the nets while the bowlers looked to be working on how to cope with the new ball that is expected to have lateral movement.

However, at Eden it was not the case as both batsmen and bowlers looked has come into terms with pink ball.

“They all enjoy the SG ball for a start. So it has been enjoyable to bowl with,” said Bangladesh spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori.

Batsmen looked to have gradually developed their footwork against the pink ball and played shots to such an extent it was relevant that they had gone over the pink ball syndrome.

The pace bowlers were a lot more livelily in the nets as they were bowling their heart out and according to Vettori that was a pleasant sight for him as that are not the cases very common for Bangladeshi pacers.

“The four fast bowlers are excited. That’s a nice thing. Bangladesh fast bowlers don’t get to be excited too often. I think there is coming to grips with the ball. The SG pink ball is slightly different. Most guys’ limited experience has been around the kookaburra one. But I think there is excitement around it,” said Vettori.

“The seamers did a great job in the last Test so they will come to the fore. The re-laid wicket here has more bounce. It was watered today and is now covered. The seamers, because of the pink ball and under lights, will play a big part in this Test match,” he said.

Head coach Russell Domingo spent a lot of trying to make his batsmen understand that they need to play the dead defense instead of keeping their body weight on the back trying to defend the ball as that will have more chance for picking up an edge.

Naeem Hasan got a blow in the head while batting and was called back but the injury is not serious he had city scan at woodland but nothing alarming was found and he returned while the only bad news for Bangladesh was that they will miss the service of Saif Hasan as he is ruled of the series due to finger injury

“Opening batsman Saif Hassan had split his finger webbing while on 12th man fielding duty during the 1st test. The injury has not yet healed and the Medical Team believes that he will benefit from being rested to full recovery. Taking the state of injury into consideration, Saif has been ruled out of the second Test,” said BCB official.