Sachin Tendulkar concerned about dew factor in pink ball test

Written by Abhishek Patil

Sachin Tendulkar is all for the buzz and eyeballs that India’s first ever day-night Test has generated but at the same time would like the stakeholders to ensure that quality of cricket is not compromised at any level. India are the last among top Test playing nations to join the “pink ball bandwagon” as they take on Bangladesh in Kolkata from Friday but the cricket icon would like to wait and watch how things pan out. “The whole thing is to bring in more people in the stadium adds a new element to Test cricket,” he said.

“That is important but at the same time, I feel we should also evaluate after the game, how much dew was there and whether cricket — the standard of play — was compromised there,” the cricket legend told PTI in an exclusive interview.

Tendulkar, who had earlier voiced his concern about tackling the dew factor, said the Indian cricket think-tank should do a postmortem after the match gets over.

“I think there are two sides to it. One is to bring more spectators, but also at the same time, not compromising the standard of play. If the ball starts getting wet and if the game starts getting affected, then I think we need to sit back and decide what we want to do. If both these things come together then I think it’s a win-win story,” the maestro said.

“But if there’s going to be some dew and if those elements don’t allow you to produce good cricket, then there could be a meeting where they can discuss and do a post-mortem on how the event was.”


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