Were it not reported in a respectable publication, and in mid-November rather than early-April, I wouldn’t believe it. However, it appears as though cricketers may be playing with pink balls before too long.

According to The Times, John Stephenson, MCC’s head of cricket, has been researching different coloured balls for the past year. The hope is that a fluorescent pink ball will be more easily seen by a batsman than the customary dark red one, particularly in poor light.

A load of balls

Scientists at Imperial College in London will be working during the winter on developing this new projectile, which will be used in university and second XI matches at the start of next season and, depending on whether it retains its colour, in county cricket the next summer. The aim is then to use it in one-day internationals.