The GAA looks set to introduce yellow sliotars for the 2020 hurling championship.

The Irish Examiner reports that the traditional white sliotar is set to be replaced by a yellow 'smart' ball ahead of next year’s Championship.

The sliotar will incorporate a microchip in its core and has passed a series of rigorous tests, bringing an end to a process that began eight years ago.

It is expected to get the official approval at Central Council next month.

The last two stagings of the Fenway Classics have trialled a yellow sliotar, and former Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack has repeatedly called for a colour change.

"Tennis used to have a white ball and they changed for really good reasons, some of those being TV," he told RTÉ Sport earlier this year.

"We see now the demographic in Ireland is changing. If someone is watching the game on television and they can’t follow the sliotar it’s a turn off straight away whereas, a luminous ball is much easier to see and it’s scientifically proven that your eye will react faster to it."