Eden offers equal chance: curator

Samsul Arefin Khan . Kolkata | Published: 22:44, Nov 19,2019


Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque leaves Indore hotel for Kolkata on Monday. — BCB photo

Both Bangladesh and India will have equal chances to bring the result in their favour during the day-night Test match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, chief curator of Cricket Association of Bengal Sujan Mukherjee said Tuesday, predicting a sporting pitch.

‘From 2016, the wicket of Eden Gardens has favored both the sides equally. It will not be a different case this time,’ Sujan told New Age.

‘The wicket will be sporting. The bowlers will get help from the wicket. Batsman also can score runs here,’ he added.

India have a decent record at Eden Gardens where they won 12 Tests against nine defeats in 41 matches.

They, however, will start the match against Bangladesh as red-hot favourites after recording an innings and 130-run win in the first Test inside the first three days.

Bangladesh must lift their game by some distance if they are to shock India and prevent the side from a record extending 12 consecutive Test series win at home soil.

With a gulf of difference between the two teams, the biggest hope for Bangladesh now lies in the unusual colour of the ball and on a lively pitch, where one or two bad sessions can make things difficult for anyone. 

‘The wicket will be as good as the Indian Premier League matches,’ said Sujan.

‘I think the pacers will get initial help from the wicket on day one. As the match will progress, the spinners will come into the play and they will also get help from the wicket,’ he added.

Sujan, however, claimed that the pacers might get extra movement from the wicket as the match will be played in pink-ball.

‘As the match will be played in pink ball, the bowlers will get extra movement from the wicket. The wicket will be hard as well as a bouncy track. There will be no difference from the other matches which were hosted by Eden,’ he said.

He also believed Bangladeshi pacer could trouble the Indian batters in such kind of wicket.

‘I was surprised not to see Mustafizur Rahman in the first Test. In the last match, Abu Jayed bowled really well. If they can bowl well I think they can trouble Indian batting line-up here,’ he said.

‘The duration of the match will depend on the players how they play in the wicket. I hope that the match will go on fifth day and from day one to last the wicket will remain much similar,’ he added.

The seasoned curator turned down the dew factor in the pink-ball Test as the only one session would take place in the evening.

‘As I have been looking over the dew matter for last few days, there is not much dew at the evening. Both the teams play a lot of day-night limited over matches and I think it hardly matter for them.

‘I don’t know whether the dew will rise or decrease but I think it is manageable,’ he added.

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