Chris Rogers, Australia's 37-year-old opener, has revealed that he may have to call time on his Test career if Cricket Australia go ahead with their plans to introduce day/night Test cricket next year.
The left-handed Rogers has played 14 Tests for Australia scoring over a thousand runs with four centuries and five half-centuries. However, any extension to his international career could now be in doubt.
Cricket Australia have earmarked next year's series against New Zealand in November as the possible launch of day/night Test cricket, something which has been on their agenda for a while now.
Rogers' concerns are around the pink ball that has been selected for use. He believes that he and fellow colour blind cricketers will not be able to see the ball properly therefore hampering their effectiveness.
Due to the playing conditions it was concluded that a red ball was not suitable for cricket under lights, and on television, as it creates a comet-like tail, whilst a white ball was never considered due to the white clothing used in Tests.
“I cannot play with it (the pink ball). It is pointless,” the 37-year-old told cricket.com.au.
“Night Test cricket would be amazing in many respects.
“We still have to look at ways to make sure the popularity of the sport stays the way it is or improves.
“That’s one way definitely it can happen but from a personal point of view it’s not viable because I can’t see the ball.
“I think there’s a round of Shield cricket early this year and if I was available I’d have to rule myself out.
“That’s disappointing and I’ve spoken to other colour blind cricketers and they feel the same way.
“Is that just bad luck? I don’t know.”
Cricket Australia are keen to push ahead with their idea and after trial matches earlier in the year they will also use the second round of Sheffield Shield matches in November to trial a new, harder pink ball after feedback suggested the original pink ball was prone to stop swinging earlier than the normal red Kookaburra ball. The trials will take place in Perth, Hobart and Adelaide.
Will day/night Test matches be a hit with audiences around the World? Yes it may be better for television audiences but will it affect attendances at the games? Is it possible to play day/night matches all over the world given the dew that is experienced in some countries?
Certainly any innovations that will help the future of Test match cricket are welcome but should that be to the detriment of a players International future? After all do Cricket Australia actually know how many cricketers will be affected by the use of a pink ball due to their colour blindness. They could end the career of a young promising player before it starts.
Rogers, a late comer to Test match cricket, is nearing the end of his career but no cricketer should have their career ended in these circumstances.