Day-Night Test: More than 50,000 spectators expected on first three days at Eden

The Eden Gardens is expected to witness a turnout of more than 50,000 on the first three days of India’s first-ever Day-Night Test, against Bangladesh, from November 22-26.

Eden Gardens will host the first ever day-night Test match with a pink ball.   -  FILE PHOTO/K.R. DEEPAK

The Eden Gardens is expected to witness a turnout of more than 50,000 on the first three days of India’s first-ever Day-Night Test, against Bangladesh, here from November 22-26.

“More than 50,000 people to witness India’s first Pink Ball D/N Test at Eden Gardens each day for first three days as demand for tickets shoots through the roof,” the Cricket Association of Bengal tweeted on Saturday.

Giving a breakup, a CAB official said 50,000 tickets include about 17,000 were sold online, while the remaining were distributed among affiliated members.

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“It’s for the first three days and the demands are high. Rest 16,000-odd will go for counter sales after November 14. We are expecting a full house,” the official said.

Both India and Bangladesh will be playing their first-ever pink-ball Test and Hasina will be among a starry gathering which will also include Union home minister Amit Shah, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar.

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“Specially designed mementoes will be given to the dignitaries while they will also make a round of the stadium aboard golf carts,” the source added.

The CAB will also felicitate the team members of Bangladesh-India first-ever Test in 2000, a game where Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, made his debut as Test captain.