Ganguly hopeful of Eden day-night Test, awaits BCB nod

Indian cricketers have for long objected to playing with the pink ball but BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that skipper Virat Kohli has agreed to the idea.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is also planning to provide free passes to school children for the Eden Gardens Test.   -  FILE PHOTO/AP

 

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Monday remained hopeful that Bangladesh will agree to play the first-ever day-night Test between the two countries, notwithstanding the neighbours’ apprehension about facing the pink ball.

The Test is scheduled to be held at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26.

The final outcome of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) meeting with its senior players will be intimated to the BCCI president by late Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

“I spoke to the BCB president (Nazmul Hassan). They are agreeable, they wanted to speak to the players. I’m sure it will be a day/night match. They will also officially announce it soon,” said Ganguly.

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BCB’s head of cricket operations and former skipper Akram Khan acknowledged that there are practical issues like lack of preparation as far as playing with the pink ball under lights is concerned.

“It’s a great initiative but we need to take the players into confidence. If you look at the itinerary, we would probably get two days (November 20, 21) for training with pink ball under lights. That’s too little time for preparation. The players are meeting the president today. Hopefully, by tonight or tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, a decision will be made,” Khan said.

Ganguly, on his part, wants a final intimation by Monday night only so that preparation starts in full swing with other arrangements.

“If we get to know by tonight and then we will go forward with our plans by tomorrow.”

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There are plans to invite India’s legendary Olympians like Abhinav Bindra, MC Mary Kom and P.V. Sindhu and felicitate them for their contribution to the country’s Olympic movement.

“We are just waiting for the BCB’s confirmation at the moment. There are also plans to bring in school children, providing them free passes for the game,” Ganguly said.

A lot like Cricket Australia’s annual ‘Pink Test’ (players wear pink caps) in association with the Jane McGrath Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer, Ganguly also wants the Eden Test to be an “annual affair”.

Indian cricketers have for long objected to playing with the pink ball but Ganguly recently said that skipper Virat Kohli has agreed to the idea.