BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirms Team India skipper Virat Kohli 'agreeable' to playing Day-Night Tests
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has hinted that Team India under skipper Virat Kohli is upbeat on playing their first-ever Day-Night Test match in the near future. The speculations about India embracing pink ball cricket first surfaced ahead of the upcoming Bangladesh Test series which is scheduled for a start next month. Ganguly himself has backed the idea of playing the longest format of the day under floodlights and his appointment as the 39th president of the apex cricket board in India could not have come at a better time.
The BCCI chief had the chance to hold a formal meeting with skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma following the announcement of the Indian squad for the Bangladesh series. Ganguly had discussed the roadmap of the Indian cricket team in his first selection meeting with the Indian skipper and his deputy Rohit, who will lead the Men In Blue in Kohli's absence against Bangladesh. Kohli has been rested for the three-match T20I series with Bangladesh.
According to a report filed by news agency IANS, the Indian think tank is believed to have held talks about the impending Day-Night Test prospect during the selection meeting. Speaking at the felicitation ceremony by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) at his ground - Eden Gardens, Ganguly revealed that India are thinking about playing Day and Night Tests and skipper Kohli is also 'agreeable' to the concept.
"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 was quoted as saying at his felicitation ceremony. The game needs to go forward and that is the way forward. People should finish work and come to watch champions play. I don't know when that will happen, but it will," the BCCI chief added.