Day-Night Test at Eden Gardens
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is confident that the second and final India versus Bangladesh Test at the Eden will be played under lights and with the pink ball.
Sourav Ganguly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, has been pushing for Day-Night Tests in order to attract more crowd. On Friday, he revealed that India captain Virat Kohli was “agreeable” to the D-N Test concept.
According to sources, there is a possibility of the Eden Test, which begins on November 22, to be a day-night affair.
“At present, the situation is 80-20 in favour of a D-N Test at Eden Gardens. Nothing is close to being official yet, but it certainly cannot be ruled out,” a well-placed source told The Telegraph.
Sourav, during his felicitation by the CAB, had said: “I am a firm believer in D-N Tests. Kohli is agreeable to it… 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. We all are thinking about this and we will do something about it… Till the time I am around, I will be pushing for it.”
After the two-Test series against Bangladesh, India’s next home series is unlikely to be during Sourav’s tenure as president, which is scheduled to end next July.
However, there’s a school of thought that since the series versus Bangladesh is part of the World Test Championship, Virat is unwilling to take the risk of playing a D-N Test now.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board hasn’t been told anything about it so far and their consent will also be important before the Test gets underway.
India’s next Test series is in New Zealand.