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India’s first ever day-night Test to be against Bangladesh in Kolkata

A view of the Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata. File

A view of the Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

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The Test is scheduled to be held at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26 and will be the second game of a two-match series.

The Indian cricket team will play its first-ever Day/Night Test match here against Bangladesh next month, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told PTI on Tuesday, taking a path-breaking decision within a week into his nine-month tenure.

 The Test is scheduled to be held at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26 and will be the second game of a two-match series. 

Speculation ends

 The development ended days of speculation after Ganguly first proposed the idea to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which faced resistance from its players and sat for multiple meetings to convince them.

 “The BCB has confirmed and we are having a pink-ball Test. 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 said.

“It’s just my job, that’s what I’m here for... Because I’ve played this game for so long. It’s great. I think common sense is important. And I think it’s a great move for Test cricket and hopefully it will bring back crowds to the ground,” Ganguly said just after the landmark development.

Exploring new avenues

 Bangladesh’s South African coach Russell Domingo conceded in Dhaka that there are concerns about how the match will pan out but the team has decided to accept the change and explore new avenues. The match will start at 2 p.m. (IST) and will comprise a tea and dinner break.

 “We think it’s a great opportunity. I don’t think India has played a pink ball Test before. It’s a massive occasion at Eden Gardens against one of the best teams in the world,” Domingo said.

Same for both teams

 “We are looking forward to that challenge. There are some challenges as we will not have a lot of time to prepare but it’s same for India. I don’t think they have had a day/night Test match. So it will be same for both teams,” he added 

 “Since it’s pink ball, both teams will be close to each other. Sometime change is the best,” the former Proteas coach said.

 It was Ganguly, who was instrumental in organising the first-ever pink ball match in India although it was a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Super League final between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore under lights in June, 2016. Ganguly headed the CAB at the time.

 Two players, who played that match — Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami — are expected to play the Test.

 The BCCI had introduced the pink ball in Duleep Trophy that same year and it continued for three seasons before the Board scrapped it this year due to lack of broadcast coverage.

 Mayank Agarwal, R. Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma have also played pink ball Duleep games among the current India players.

 The spinners have expressed concerns about the dew factor, which they believe, puts them out of equation.

Ganguly’s assurance

 Ganguly, however, assured that conditions won’t be a problem.

 “We will sort this out and there would be no dew. We have day/night one-dayers after all and dew spray is used,” he said. 

 There are plans to invite India’s legendary Olympians like Abhinav Bindra, M.C. Mary Kom and P.V. Sindhu and felicitate them for their contribution to the country’s Olympic movement during the match.

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