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PCB okays day-night First class games in Pakistan

The PCB is set to introduce 10 day-night matches, to be played with the pink ball, in its forthcoming domestic first-class season starting September. 

The idea will be implemented in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches, including the semi-final and final, to ensure every top team is acquainted with the new conditions. 

The governing board of the PCB approved the idea recommended by the domestic cricket committee as Pakistan are set to play their first pink-ball Test against Australia in Brisbane in December.

The domestic season will kick-off with the National Super Eight T20 Cup in the last week of August.

The day-night first-class schedule has been designed with a focus on the top teams, to give ample exposure to national cricketers ahead of the Brisbane Test.

The PCB has been encouraging the pink-ball trial for the last six years, though they never extended the experiment beyond a few games. 

In 2010-11, the final of the QEA Trophy was played with orange ball in Karachi and the 2011-12 final was played with the pink ball. 

Although the PCB was pleased with the trial, the major concern among the players was the visibility of the ball and its quality once it got older.

Most of the players backed having more games with the pink ball to get familiar with its behaviour.

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