It's official! Team India to play first-ever day & night Test match at Eden Gardens, confirms Sourav Ganguly
Team India under skipper Virat Kohli will play their first-ever Day and Night Test match against Bangladesh at the monumental Eden Gardens in November, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed on Tuesday. Ending days of speculations ahead of the series opener on Sunday, the newly crowned BCCI chief haled the decision of playing the Test match between India and Bangladesh as a good development and added that the longest format of the game needed this kind of upliftment. "It's a good development. Test cricket needs this push. Me and my team were bent on it and thanks to Virat (Kohli) also, he agreed," Ganguly told news agency PTI.
India led by skipper Kohli are scheduled to play the second Test match against a Shakib Al Hasan-led side from November 22 to 26 at Ganguly's home ground - the Eden Gardens. Ganguly, who was recently appointed the 39th president of the apex board in Indian cricket was recently in talks with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) about making the second a day-night encounter between the two sides.
The former cricketer-turned BCCI chief had hinted that India are likely to host Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens under floodlights on Monday. Ganguly assured that Team India will embrace day and night concept in the whites when they play Bangdlesh in the 2nd Test match. The former Indian skipper asserted that the BCB is keen on accepting the BCCI's pink ball proposal and he is sure that the game will be a day/night encounter in Kolkata.
"I spoke to the BCB president (Nazmul Hassan). They are agreeable, they wanted to speak to the players. I'm sure it will be a day/night match. They will also officially announce it soon. Hopefully, by 10-10:30 pm tonight, we will get a confirmation," Ganguly had said.