Ali and Bravo relishing pink-ball challenge


Azhar Ali and Dwayne Bravo recognise that the pink ball will pose a new set of challenges in Pakistan's day-night Test with West Indies.

The sides begin the first Test of a three-match series in Dubai on Thursday as Asia hosts its maiden day-night clash.

Pakistan batsman Azhar struck a more positive tone than his Windies rival, though both conceded to some concerns over how easy the seam would be to detect on the pink ball.

"Obviously it's different. It's a first game for us with a pink ball and it's a day-night game," said Azhar.

"We played one or two games, players have had experience with the pink ball in the domestic circuit, but internationally it's the first game.

"It's a different challenge, but we're all excited about it and I think it will be very exciting for the crowd as well to come and watch this game.

"I think the game is important, but we had enough time in the middle. We had five to six sessions with the pink ball.

"The seam is different. It's hard to see the seam, especially with the spinners. You can't really spot the seam. It's a different challenge and we will get to know it better as we play more."

Bravo's worries about the seam were not assuaged in the three-day warm-up match that finished on Sunday, with the Windies all-rounder saying: "I think most of the guys have complained about the fact that they're not really able to pick up the seam that well.

"I don't know for whatever reason, but we can't do anything about it. It is what it is and we need to accept the challenge as quickly as possible and just go out there and give it our best shot."