Kathy Leslie, Cape Town asked:
Hi, while watching my son (8yrs) and his friends play cricket, I was wondering how boys with colour-blindness cope with learning to play cricket. They all start off with a red ball similar to, but harder than, a tennis ball before progressing to either a red or white hard ball. Mostly they are playing on grass fields with green astro-type pitches.
Do you think a potentially brilliant cricketer may be missed due to colour blindness?
Kat - I think you would still see the motion of the ball and you’d still see the ball. You just might not see the colour of it.
Ben - It has a very different texture to grass, of course.
Kat - Yeah.
Ben - And on the forum, there was quite a bit of a chat about this Lyner, RD and Bored Chemist all making very good points about it and Bored Chemist pointed out of course that blind people also play cricket. So whether or not you can actually see the ball may not necessarily be a hindrance when playing cricket. But if you are colour blind and if you’d like to let us know how you cope with playing cricket then please do get in touch. You can drop us an email to email@example.com.
Kathy Leslie asked the Naked Scientists: Hi, while watching my son (8yrs) and his friends play cricket, I was wondering how boys with colour-blindness cope with learning to play cricket. They all start off with a red ball similar to, but harder than, a tennis ball before progressing to either a red or white hard ball. Mostly they are playing on grass fields with green astro-type pitches. Do you think a potentially brilliant cricketer may be missed due to colour blindness? Why don't they change the ball colour (I understand most colour blindness is in males and is a red/green confusion)? Why are cricket balls red? And white for ODIs? If you are good at tennis or other ball sports and weak at cricket, could you be colour-blind? Can you wear glasses to compensate for colour-blindness? Thanks Kathy Leslie Cape Town, South Africa Ps: I have checked my son for colourblindness and must accept that his average cricket ability is due to genes not eyes! What do you think? Kathy Leslie , Mon, 3rd Aug 2009
There are different types of colour blindness : a "yellow-blue" colourblind person (tritanopia) would not have a problem playing cricket, (although most colour blindness is "red-green" for whom playing cricket with a red ball would be unusually hazardous).
I don't know if this game
I hear that pink balls could be used for T20s and ODIs
Pink cricket balls? How very dare they! In women's cricket, or in New Zealand, maybe. Mind you, the Aussies would fall about laughing so much, maybe they'd actually lose. DoctorBeaver, Sun, 9th Aug 2009
Which would make a change from them laughing at our team's efforts. Bored chemist, Sun, 9th Aug 2009
Unfortunately it has gotten worse.
Beaking news..."English batsmen found to be colourblind" graham.d, Sun, 9th Aug 2009
Beaking news? Was Dicky Bird playing? Or were they out for a duck? DoctorBeaver, Sun, 9th Aug 2009
I am told (by an Aussie mate) it is a quacking match, but I think it is a matter of opinion. graham.d, Sun, 9th Aug 2009
Fortunately, it's only a game. Bored chemist, Sun, 9th Aug 2009
I followed the test, thanks to the internet... the first innings was horrid, England was batting like a pub team! And they bowled even worse. In their second turn at batting they redeemed themselves somewhat, but not enough to make Australia bat again.
Question for the moderators: Can I slap a fellow poster? Can I? Can I? Pretty please! Can I? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease, can I? MonikaS, Thu, 17th Sep 2009
What about snooker ? neilep, Sat, 19th Sep 2009
Ian Botham is colour blind. So I guess that answers your question. Hels, Sat, 31st Jul 2010