Demand for historic day-night Test grows; CAB planning to make Kolkata Test grand
The hype around India’s first-ever day-night Test match scheduled to be played against Bangladesh from November 22 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata has picked up the pace with the online tickets, released till now, for the first three days selling out in a flash. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has grand plans for the historic Test match which will be played under the lights in the city of joy.
30 per cent of the online tickets made available for the first three days (5,905) have been sold out while over 3,500 tickets for the last two days of the Kolkata Test have been sold thus far, confirmed CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya.
"30% of the online saleable tickets for the first three days (5,905 tickets) have been sold out while over 3,500 tickets for the fourth day of the second test between India and Bangladesh to be played at Eden Gardens from 22-26 November are sold," CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya said.
Around 20 breast cancer survivors are set to be present on the opening day of the Kolkata Test and they all will be greeted by CAB. Furthermore, cancer patients will have the chance to play at the iconic Eden Gardens on Day 3 of the match.
"With the help of Global Cancer Trust around 20 Breast cancer survivors will be present on the first day of the match and will be greeted by CAB. Cancer Patients will have the chance to play at the Eden Gardens on the third day," Dalmiya further said.
The mega plans include some of the prominent names in Indian sports grace the Eden Gardens with their presence. The likes of Sania Mirza, Viswanathan Anand, Mary Kom, PV Sindhu, Abhinav Bindra, Leander Paes and Pullela Gopichand have all been invited and are expected to be present at the venue.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given her consent to come on Day 1 of the Kolkata Test while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also scheduled to be present. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been invited for the special day.
Newly-elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is even trying to pull Sachin Tendulkar towards Eden Gardens as a part of the Indian team which locked horns with Bangladesh for the first time in 2000. Notably, Bangladesh players from the 2000 squad will be present at the Eden Gardens too.
All former skippers of the Indian team are expected to be invited for the first two days of the Test match and CAB has planned to ask them about their favourite memories from India’s Test history.
All former captains of the Indian team are to be invited for the first two days of the Test match and will be asked to share their favourite moments from India's Test history. Furthermore, CAB is reportedly planning a charity match for HIV-positive children during the 40-minute supper break on Day 1 of the pink-ball Test.