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Kolkata could host India's first-ever day-night Test

Last updated on: October 28, 2019 18:59 IST

IMAGE: The Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Photograph: BCCI

The second Test between India and Bangladesh will be played under lights if the Bangladesh Cricket Board approves the Board of Control for Cricket in India's request.

 

The BCCI moved a step closer to hosting a day-night Test with a request going across to its counterparts at the BCB for the second and final match of the upcoming India-Bangladesh series, scheduled to be played at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, ESPNcricinfo reported.

"We are having this discussion but we haven't decided yet. We will only decide after speaking to the players and team management," BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

A response is awaited from Bangladesh, but preparations at Eden Gardens are underway.

"We are waiting for the final go-ahead now; but, yeah, we are expecting it to happen," he said. "As such, there is nothing different for us to do. A pitch is a pitch; we are hoping to make it a sporting one, with some pace." Sujan Mukherjee, the chief curator at Eden Gardens, said.

"It has been raining intermittently for the past many days, and non-stop for the last three days. I am sure we will have time to do a good job, but we haven't been able to do much," he added.

After becoming the BCCI's 39th president, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly emphasised the need for playing day/night Tests to attract more spectators to stadiums.

His remarks came during a felicitation by the Cricket Association of Bengal on his new appointment.

"We all are thinking about this. We will do something about it. I am a big believer of day-night Test matches. I do not know when will that happen. Till the time I am around, I will keep pushing about it. I must say, Virat Kohli, is agreeable to it. Once the captain of India agrees to it, life will become easier," Ganguly said at the felicitation.

"Yes, you need to maintain the history of Test cricket, but you need to take the game forward. I am a firm believer of day/night Test matches; it can attract the audience to the stadiums. T20 cricket is seriously challenging the Test cricket, steps need to be taken," he added.

India and Bangladesh are yet to play a day-night Test. Afghanistan and Ireland, the two newest full member countries of the International Cricket Council, also have not featured in a day-night Test.

Bangladesh's tour of India begins on November 3 with a three-match T20I series, followed by two Tests.

Source: ANI
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