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.


Ahhh, Lords on test match morning. The highlight of the English sporting calendar. Thousands of excited fans flocking to St John’s Wood for a day of cricket at the most wonderful ground in the world. Well thousands of fans plus members of the MCC. The MCC is a fine institution, lots of middle-aged to elderly chaps dressing in the bacon and eggs, getting smashed on Pimms, G&Ts and Port in the morning, followed by a good lunch and a long sleep (misses the afternoon session), only waking up in time for tea. What a life… one for the privileged, the wealthy and the well connected. ‘Tis not for the hoi polloi or the Village Cricketers of the world! Did you know that the beer in the members’ bars at Lords is a good 50p a pint cheaper than in the public bars? Hmmm, and it comes in a glass!

Sleeping like a baby