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IPL to trial pink balls in practice matches

The MCC's attempts to find a solution to the deterioration of white balls in one day games took a step forward with the IPL agreeing to use the new style pink ball in all practice matches.

The eight IPL franchises will trial the balls into the lead up to next years IPL and provide the MCC with feedback about the balls behavior. The trial was agreed during the IPL winter meetings in Bangkok, Thailand.

The MCC have spent the last two years looking at replacement to the old style white ball which is required to be changed after 35 over's.The MCC started trialing pink balls during the summer of 2008.

MCC Assistant Secretary John Stephenson was pleased that the IPL will trial the ball during the Spring.

"The concept of using pink balls in the IPL received a very positive reception from the franchise owners. The successful use of pink balls in the IPL would be a major step towards their acceptance in international cricket, as it would expose most of the world’s top Test players to the ball. It would also add further weight to the IPL’s standing as a progressive force in the game." said Stephenson.

"Pink balls are suitable for use with white or coloured clothing, during the day or at night. They are easily visible to spectators, they work well on television and are innovative and marketable."

"Importantly, the balls behave as cricket balls should and have already received backing from top players and umpires, such as Shaun Pollock and Steve Waugh. It is a compelling case to take forward for international cricket."

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