DUBAI: West Indian batsman Darren Bravo promised to give his best shot on the pink ball game challenge of facing a recently introduced pink ball in the day-night Test against Pakistan starting in Dubai on Thursday.
The 27-year-old left-hander damaged an attractive 91 in the West Indies’ drawn three-day game against Pakistan Cricket Board Patron’s XI in Sharjah on Sunday, too played with the pink ball game as a day-night affair.
Bravo admitted batsmen could not unplanned the closure of the pink ball game but said the challenge was moving.
“Most of the guys were bad tempered that they were not able to pick up the seam that well,” Bravo said on Tuesday. “We need to believe the challenge as fast as possible and go out and give it our best shot.”
The manufacturers of the Kookaburra ball admitted they have altered the joint of the pink ball game from dark green and white — on the balls used in Adelaide — to a black that was then trialled in first class cricket with better visibility.
Bravo pointed out that batting under lights on a pink ball is difficult.
“I think when we play in the lights the ball turns more than in the sunlight and that’s the difficult time to bat.
“But it’s a good knowledge and the more time you spend in the center it becomes easier,” said Bravo, who backed day-night Tests.
“They [administrators] are trying the day-night Tests to give confidence people to come, they can come after their work and have time to bring their families and that’s a positive. Let’s hope people come and support Test cricket once more.”
Bravo admitted West Indies were poor in the previous Twenty and one-day series where they were whitewashed by Pakistan 3-0.
“Quite truthfully, by all means we didn’t really do well in the shorter formats of the game and we are dissatisfied about that but in the Tests we will try our best to put in much better performance.
“The guys have worked hard and we are very excited about this Test with the pink ball and then the last two with the normal red ball,” said Bravo.
The lingering two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi from October 21-25 and Sharjah from October 30 to November 3.