BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday mentioned the historic choice to organise India’s first-ever Day-Evening Check relies on “frequent sense” as it’s the solely option to revive falling crowd curiosity within the conventional format.
India’s maiden Day-Evening Check in opposition to Bangladesh, the second sport of a two-match sequence, shall be held on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from November 22-26 and shall be a primary for the visiting aspect as properly.
Ganguly mentioned he’s completely satisfied that India skipper Virat Kohli in addition to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have agreed on a historic first at such a brief discover.
“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. It’s nice. I believe frequent sense is vital. And I believe it’s an ideal transfer for Check cricket and hopefully it should deliver crowds again to the bottom,” Ganguly advised PTI in an unique interview simply after the landmark improvement.
It’s been lower than every week in workplace as BCCI chief and Ganguly had created one thing that shall be his legacy even when his time period ends within the subsequent 10 months.
“Check cricket wants this push. Me and secretary Jay (Shah) and our new group have been fairly hell bent on it. Because of Virat (Kohli) additionally, he agreed straightaway. And much more to Bangladesh Cricket Board that they agreed at such a brief discover. It’s a great way ahead,” Ganguly mentioned.
It wasn’t a simple job however Ganguly managed to persuade BCB mandarins after a whole lot of again channel talks.
“Issues change like this. I believe it’s an ideal begin for Check cricket within the subcontinent. Our intentions have been good. It’s going to be no downside in any respect. All the pieces shall be effective don’t fear,” the previous captain mentioned in an assured tone.
Within the Duleep Trophy video games that have been held within the previous years (2016, 2017 and 2018), when Ganguly was the technical committee chairman, dew was one challenge that turned problematic for the spinners.
“We’ll be sure that there’s no dew. In spite of everything day/evening one-dayers are performed right here. There’s this dew remedy spray and all. Nothing will occur,” Ganguly mentioned.
Ganguly additionally knowledgeable that BCCI will stick with ‘SG Check’ pink balls as a substitute of Dukes or Kookaburra.
“Hopefully SG…As a result of the primary match shall be with SG so the second Check may even should be with SG.”
Requested why Kookaburra balls can’t be used, Ganguly mentioned that two completely different balls (completely different firms) can’t be utilized in the identical sequence.
“No, it may well’t be as a result of the sequence must be performed with similar ball. It could’t be two completely different balls in the identical sequence.”
With no Shakib Al Hasan, banned for 2 years (one 12 months suspended sentence) for breaching ICC Anti-Corruption code, Bangladesh may discover it problematic to cope with pink ball beneath lights.
“I don’t suppose it’s going to be an issue. They’ve such high quality gamers they’d regulate simply,” Ganguly sounded assured that the match wont lose its aggressive flavour with out Shakib.
Was there a sense of deja vu when Bangladesh agreed similar to CAB hosted the Indo-Pak sport in World T20 after being shifted from Dharmasala at quick discover in 2016, he replied: “This was scheduled. We simply made it a day/evening in contrast to that sport.” Now that the match shall be a day-night one, Ganguly mentioned he would now get on with the association half.
“We’ve got not determined something but as a result of we weren’t confirmed whether or not it’s going to be a day/evening or day. As soon as that is confirmed we are going to take it from there,” he concluded.