Should the traditional red cricket ball be changed to yellow?

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On Saturday 17th October the English cricket team were denied victory in their test game against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi because the umpire decided that the light was too bad to keep playing and the ball could no longer be seen. This was in spite of the floodlights at the cricket ground being switched on.

Some people in the cricket world are now advocating using yellow balls that can be used to play under floodlights or in poor light conditions. Limited-overs cricket is already played with a white ball as many batsmen find it difficult to see the traditional red balls when the light is poor.

Cricket is a very traditional game and many do not want to see changes especially the use of different coloured balls. Traditionally, players wore ‘whites’ when playing cricket, and now multicoloured sports clothing is worn in International games.  The colour of tennis balls was changed in 1972 to fluorescent yellow (known as “optic yellow”)  following research demonstrating they were more visible on colour television than the traditional white balls.

What’s your view? Are our sporting traditions in danger of eroding? Should the game move on and use brighter coloured balls or is the tradition and use of a red leather ball part of the game? 


Should the traditional red cricket ball be changed to yellow?

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21st Nov 2015
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What on earth are we doing paying cricket in Abu Dhabi?
20th Nov 2015
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Stick with red until the light gets bad...common sense I think.
30th Oct 2015
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RED .. keep them red and save tradition!!!
29th Oct 2015
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You cannot beat a classic English village green, on a hot June Sunday afternoon, a pint of spitfire, a mature Cheddar ploughmans with extra crusty bread, whilst watching a classic cricket match played with a traditional red ball - yellow ball Nooooooooooo
20th Nov 2015
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On a hot June Sunday afternoon there wouldn't be a need for a yellow ball...similiter in proposito
24th Oct 2015
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Why do people always want to mess about with things? ''New and improved recipe' usually means it doesn't taste anything like as good as it did, and that's just one example. Get rid of the red ball? For heavens sake, whatever next? I come from a cricketing family, where my father, once trialled for Yorkshire way back in the last century, used to play at weekends and Mum helped with the teas. I don't like the fact that not everyone plays in whites any more either. Yes, an old stick in the mud, that's me....
23rd Oct 2015
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It is a case of where do you draw the line. In this case we lost as per the current rules of cricket that everyone has to abide by and we should stop crying over spilt milk!

I agree that some things are crying out for change in certain sports to ensure that mistakes that cost, games, championships, trophy winning opportunities can be avoided - goal line technology for example.

If it 'aint broke don't fix it!
23rd Oct 2015
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Totally agree with you. A change would be the ability for the ref to relook at games like the Scotland, South Africa where the Scottish actually should have won the game! If they can do it in tennis it should be done in other sports as well.
Pete H
20th Oct 2015
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Does anyone really care about the colour of balls used in this, the most dull and boring of British games!! Anything to liven it all up a bit would be very welcome.
20th Oct 2015
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I think it does matter! I for one do not think they should change the colour of the ball. What next? Striped balls? Wickets with flags on? A stand has to be made for tradition! That is the problem with this country we are forgetting all that made us Great Britain.
Jo Kingham
19th Oct 2015
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We may be silversurfers but surely we can move with the times!
If it means games can be completed then why would you not use yellow balls. They use bright orange balls in football when there's snow on the ground so games can go ahead, same principle applies here doesn't it?
19th Oct 2015
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Why not? They play cricket wearing all sorts of different colour outfits in the 20/20 games. Let's make cricket trendy!!
19th Oct 2015
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Brilliant idea as at my age when I even watch our local cricket team I sometimes cannot see the ball. A yellow ball would be perfect. Can I even suggest a blue ball as it would be so much easier to see on the green grass and I am sure better for the batsmen and fielders. As in everything in life, evolution and change is the key to progress.
19th Oct 2015
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This is just another example of the traditions of Great Britain being eroded! Keep the whites to play in and keep the red ball. We have been using red balls for 400 years why change it now? I am sure that 100 years ago our forefathers played without artificial lights and with red balls and what's good enough for them should be good enough for us. If its poor light stops play, stop the game and have a pint of bitter!

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