The Governing Body of English Cricket, the Marylebone Cricket Club, are to introduce lurid pink balls for county cricket games next year. In 2009 they will be introduced for one day internationals. The MCC argue that they will be more durable than white balls which only last 34 overs are more visable. Those balls traditionally red in colour currently last 80 overs. The new pink balls will be made by Kookaburra who have already produced a sample run. They have already been testing them in women's cricket.
Scientists at Imperial College in London are working on developing the new ball, whilst the man to credit with the unusual idea is John Stephenson, MCC's head of cricket. It is fair to say that blog's and news worldwide are giving the pink balls a very mixed reaction so don't be certain that pink balls will be appearing near you any time soon.
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