'It should be implemented': Mohammad Azharuddin backs BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, bats for Day-Night Tests
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has received the backing from Mohammad Azharuddin for letting India embrace pink-ball cricket as the former Indian skipper has supported the idea of playing Day-Night Tests matches on the international circuit. Ganguly has been vocal about India playing Day-Night Test cricket and on Friday the serving BCCI president revealed that skipper Virat Kohli has also agreed to a certain extent. The newly crowned chief of the apex cricket board in India said that the BCCI is thinking about the exciting prospect and called himself a big believer of Day and Night Test format.
Ganguly went on to add that the Indian skipper has also agreed to be a part of it. Speaking at his felicitation ceremony, the 39th president of the BCCI dismissed reports speculating about the Indian skipper where he was earlier believed to be against the idea of playing Day and Night Tests. Ganguly said that Kohli is 'agreeable' to it and Day/Night Test cricket is the only way forward to save the oldest format of the game from a possible decline.
'It is good if the captain is agreeable like Dada'
Azhar, who once shared the Indian lockerroom with Ganguly during his playing days was recognised as a special guest at the latter's felicitation by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) at Eden Gardens on Friday. Supporting his former teammate, Azhar welcomed the decision by labelling it as a good experiment for the game. "It is good if the captain is agreeable like Dada said it is good to experiment. You will get to know if the public will like it or not. It should be implemented," Azhar told reporters.
Hailed as the god of offside - Ganguly has been a crowd-puller during his playing days and strongly believes the concept of playing Test matches under floodlights can help the oldest format in terms of competition with the shorter formats. Test cricket has seemingly lost its charm which also triggered the ICC to form the Test Championship in order to safeguard the legacy of the oldest format.
"We all are thinking about this. We will do something about this. I am a big believer of Day-Night Tests. Kohli is agreeable to it. I see a lot of reports in newspapers that he is not, but that is not true," Ganguly said.