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Dravid urges more pink ball trials

Rahul Dravid has called for more national boards to have the “courage” to trial pink ball, day-night cricket.

Speaking to in Dubai, where he was representing MCC in the Emirates Airline T20 Trophy, the recently-retired Indian great said more cricket bodies need to follow MCC’s lead in playing with the ball in order to ascertain its suitability in different conditions.

“I would like to see a lot more trials in different parts of the world. MCC does its bit by playing the Champion County match, but other bodies need to have the courage to trial it.

"At least if there are more trials, we can get a better view of how it works in different conditions and in different countries.”

Dravid played for the Club in the floodlit Champion County match in Abu Dhabi in 2011, when the ball agreed with him to the extent he scored 106 in a victory over Durham.

MCC play the fixture in Abu Dhabi for a third successive season in 2012, starting on March 27.


Dravid is a member of MCC’s World Cricket committee, which carries out research with the aim of finding a suitable ball for use in day/night Test matches.

“It seemed to work well in the Champion County match last year," added the 39-year-old.

"I would just like to see more people trial it because I think, if it does work, it’s a great way of bringing more people to the ground for Test cricket.”

Dravid described being part of the committee, which meets biannually, as “one of the highlights of what I do” and said he wants to continue to be fully involved now he has retired from international and first-class cricket.

“It is fantastic to be involved with such an eminent group of people, and I really enjoy the meetings. I want to come to as many meetings as possible and play my part.”

For now though, his focus turns to the IPL and the captaincy of the Rajasthan Royals team featuring another member of MCC’s team in Dubai, Shaun Tait.

“The IPL is a great tournament to be part of – it’s a lot of travelling, but it should be good fun. After that I’ll have a break to reassess. I’ve played the game for my whole life so it will be difficult to get away from it completely.”

Tait, the former Australia bowler, himself expressed his hope that Dravid decides to play on in the IPL beyond 2012, in an exclusive interview with Lord's TV.

He said: "Hopefully Rahul will play another couple of seasons in the IPL, but whatever he decides to do, I'll look back at my career and to play under him as captain will be one of the highlights."

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