Pink ball not sole solution to rejuvenate Test: Rahul Dravid

Dravid urged for good maintenance so that fans can plan their visits anytime

New Delhi: Ahead of the day-night Test in Kolkata, Former India captain and National Cricket Academy chief Rahul Dravid has voiced his support for the usage of pink balls, but still believes that it won’t be enough to bring the crowd back into the stadiums to watch Test cricket.

“It is not the only solution to rejuvenate Test cricket, but it is one of the things we need to do. If only we are able to control dew, the pink ball Test can become an annual feature in India,” said Dravid.

“You make it tough for the bowlers when the ball gets wet and takes the swing away. It (pink ball) is a novelty that will attract people to the stadium and must be tried. But basic things like toilets, seating, car parking need to be looked into too, as these are things that will draw,” said Dravid.

Ground reality: “Things are different & it is important we accept ground reality. Yes, you can argue that the Ashes are always full and is in good health, as they have a Test cricket calendar & we don’t. People can plan for a Boxing Day in December and a Lord’s Test in July a year ahead. We need this to happen in Indian cricket.”