Ireland have raised concerns over the visibility of the white ball against the backdrop of empty cream colored seats at Ageas Bowl Stadium ahead of their three match ODI series against England.
The three matches is scheduled to take place behind closed doors in a bio-secure bubble & will be played on July 30, August 1 & 4 respectively. Ireland head coach Graham Ford expressed his concern during the Ireland team’s intra-squad practice where the players found it difficult to spot the white ball due to the light color of the seats in the stadium.
“The thing that’s a little bit of a concern is the background,” Ford told reporter during a virtual press conference on Friday. “The seating is either cream or white, and you’ve got a white ball and an empty stadium, so that background for fielders might be a challenge,” he added.
The first Test match between England & West Indies was also played at the Ageas Bowl earlier in this month. However the red ball doesn’t posed any visibility issue for the players. Ireland’s Captain Andrew Balbirnie said that it is a tricky situation & hopes that after a week practice the players might get comfortable.
“It can be tricky. A white ball on cream and white seats will be tricky, but we’ve got enough time to make sure we can’t use that as an excuse,” he said.
“It does take a bit of getting used to, but we’ve got a week of prep and we can make sure that we hone that, and make sure that guys are comfortable and almost getting their eyes in while fielding,” he added.