From early birds to Rs 50 per day tickets: Sourav Ganguly's historic move to turn Eden Gardens into full house
Less than a week into his debut run as the 39th president of the apex Indian cricket board, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly made a landmark move on Tuesday by convincing the Bangladesh cricket team to be part of history at the monumental Eden Gardens. Ganguly, who is expected to remain at the helm for roughly nine months on paper has vowed to change the Indian cricket for good.
Come November and it already feels like the God of the Offside has smashed the winning six out of the park. Ganguly has managed to break the resistance of the apex board by letting the Indian cricket team and its legion of fans to embrace pink ball cricket for the first time on the international circuit.
Virat Kohli-led Team India is scheduled to host Bangladesh in an unprecedented day and night Test encounter at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Ganguly-led BCCI has made the biggest announcement after both nations agreed to play the historic second Test match under floodlights from November 22 to 26.
Credit where it's 'dew'?
With Ganguly already making the pink ball cricket a reality on the international platform for Team India, the onus is on Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), who will be working in tandems to make sure the five days of the first-ever day and night Test combine to sum up a historic chapter in India's rich cricket history.
Though Ganguly is at the wheel as the newly crowned BCCI chief, the Prince of Kolkata can expect his previous board - CAB to make his home stadium a mandatory full house when Kohli and Co. welcome the Bangla Tigers inside the 68,000-capacity stadium. It will interesting to know how the CAB can cope up with the dew factor along with the hospitality of the spectators.
Eary start at the Eden Gardens
For starters, the CAB is keen on giving the match an early start by shifting the day's proceedings from 2:30 pm to 1:30 pm on November 22. Thus, the day's play can be ended latest by 8:30 PM which benefits the fans to reach home early. "One can expect an early start than the usual day/night encounters. It will not be a 2:30pm start. 1:30pm start would mean the match would get over by 8.30pm and the spectators will return home early," CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya told news agency PTI.
Rs 50, 100, 150: Ticket denominations on a daily basis!
"We will send the tickets for printing as we get the timing confirmation from BCCI and broadcasters. We are planning to bring in school children from the districts and local schools and we don't want any inconvenience," he said. Dalmiya also confirmed that the ticket domination of the day and night Test will start from Rs 50 on a daily basis.
The Bengal board wants the five-day cricket affair to be a memorable one as they want a jampacked Eden Gardens to script history. "Ticket denominations will be of Rs 50, 100, 150 on daily basis. We will try our best to pull in as many crowd as possible. We hope it will be a success," Dalmiya added.