Cricket South Africa’s convenor of selectors, Linda Zondi, has issued a call to introduce the pink ball to the domestic game.
Zondi feels that the Proteas will benefit if more players get experience from playing day-night games domestically.
‘From a selection point of view it only makes sense, as we move on, that players familiarise themselves with the process’, Zondi told ESPNCricinfo.com.
‘You cannot be in a position where at international level, you play with a particular ball but then at franchise level, where you are selecting players from, are not.’
South Africa has yet to introduce the pink ball to its domestic game having allowed just one day-night first-class fixture in 2012.
Australia, India, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh and West Indies have all used the pink ball to some extent. The first round of Sheffield Shield matches were played using the pink ball in Australia this season.
CSA conducted a trial of the pink ball in the Africa T20 Cup in 2015 but did not repeat it this year.
Zondi was unclear when the pink ball would be introduced but felt it is inevitable.
‘The key is that within the franchise, within our structure, we make sure all the players we pick are using the pink ball,’ Zondi said.
‘I’m not quite sure when it will happen because that’s a different pipeline in terms of the guys who are dealing with it, but we hope it will happen.’
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