The Indian cricket group will play its first ever Day-Evening Take a look at match right here towards Bangladesh subsequent month, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly informed PTI on Tuesday, taking a path-breaking determination inside every week into his nine-month tenure.
The Take a look at is scheduled to be held on the Eden Gardens from November 22-26 and would be the second sport of a two-match sequence.
The event ended days of hypothesis after Ganguly first proposed the concept to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which confronted resistance from its gamers and sat for a number of conferences to persuade them.
“The BCB has confirmed and we’re having a pink-ball Take a look at. It’s an excellent growth. Take a look at cricket wants this push. Me and my group have been bent on it and because of Virat (Kohli) additionally, he agreed,” Ganguly informed PTI.
2 p.m. begin
Bangladesh’s South African coach Russell Domingo conceded in Dhaka that there are issues about how the match will pan out however the group has determined to just accept the change and discover new avenues. The match will begin at 2pm (IST) and can comprise a Tea and Dinner break.
“We expect it’s a fantastic alternative. I don’t assume India has performed a pink ball Take a look at earlier than. It’s a large event at Eden Gardens towards top-of-the-line groups on this planet,” Domingo stated.
“We’re trying ahead to that problem. There are some challenges as we is not going to have a variety of time to organize nevertheless it’s identical for India. I don’t assume they’ve had a day-night Take a look at match. So it will likely be identical for each groups,” he added
“Because it’s pink ball, each groups shall be shut to one another. Someday change is the perfect,” the previous Proteas coach stated.
It was Ganguly, who was instrumental in organising the primary ever pink ball match in India though it was a Cricket Affiliation of Bengal (CAB) Tremendous League ultimate between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore underneath lights in June, 2016. Ganguly headed the CAB on the time.
Two gamers, who performed that match — Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami — are anticipated to play the primary ever pink Take a look at.
Pink ball in Duleep trophy
The BCCI had launched the pink ball in Duleep Trophy that very same 12 months and it continued for 3 seasons earlier than the Board scrapped it this 12 months as a result of lack of broadcast protection.
Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma have additionally performed pink ball Duleep video games among the many present India gamers.
The spinners have expressed issues in regards to the dew issue, which they imagine, places them out of equation.
Ganguly, nonetheless, assured that situations gained’t be an issue.
“We are going to kind this out and there could be no dew. We’ve day-night one-dayers in any case and dew spray is used,” he stated.
There are plans to ask India’s legendary Olympians like Abhinav Bindra, M C Mary Kom and P V Sindhu and felicitate them for his or her contribution to the nation’s Olympic motion through the match.
Ganguly, a former India captain and an advocate of the innovation to revive curiosity in Take a look at cricket, needs to make it an annual affair like Australia’s Pink Take a look at during which the nationwide group wears pink caps to boost breast most cancers consciousness.
Sheikh Hasina to attend
Additionally, with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set to witness the primary day’s proceedings, it’s anticipated to be a carnival on the Eden.
Ganguly, inside every week of taking on as Board chief, has created a long-lasting legacy.
“It’s simply my job, that’s what I’m right here for… As a result of I’ve performed this sport for thus lengthy. I believe it’s a fantastic transfer for Take a look at cricket and hopefully it would convey crowds again to the bottom,” he stated.
Internationally, there have been 11 day-night Checks thus far because the first between Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The newest day-night Take a look at came about in January this 12 months between Australia and Sri Lanka in Brisbane.
India have been approached to play a day-night Take a look at throughout their tour of Australia final 12 months however the nation declined the supply at the moment, asserting that sighting the ball turns into an issue after it will get previous underneath floodlights.