Pink-ball Test prep pleases Sourav

Samsul Arefin Khan . Kolkata | Published: 23:09, Nov 20,2019


BCCI president Sourav Ganguly (C) inspects the pitch at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday. — AFP photo

As Eden Gardens in Kolkata is getting prepared to host the first ever day-night Test between Bangladesh and India, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India, Sourav Ganguly expressed his satisfaction with the overall work process ahead of the match.

The former Indian skipper on Wednesday afternoon visited the venue and took a look at the centre wicket and other venue activities before going into his office.

‘There is a lot of arrangement, first day will be full of cricket and functions,’ Sourav told reporters at the stadium premises.

‘The army will come down from the plane to hand over both balls to prime minister and chief minister and the captains. There is the bell ringing ceremony,’ he said.

Sourav, who was at the helm of Cricket Association of Bengal before he took over the BCCI role, also informed that Star Sports will be doing a show with Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and  Rahul Dravid  on  the opening day.

At tea time a cart will take along the former cricketers, the former captains around the ground.

‘There will also be music performance. There will be felicitations of everyone with both the team’s former captains, prime minister, chief minister. Runa Laila will be performing, Jeet Ganguly will be performing. So whole lot of functions,’ he added.

Saurav was also happy with the overall hype about the match tickets as the first four-day tickets have already been sold out.

‘All the tickets for the first four days of the Kolkata Test have been sold out. I am really happy for it,’ he said.

Cricket Association of Bengal took various measures in order to make the first ever pink-ball Test in the Indian subcontinent a memorable one.

Bangladesh are currently trailing the two-match Test series 0-1 after conceding a massive innings and 130-run defeat in the first Test in Indore.

More about:

Want stories like this in your inbox?

Sign up to exclusive daily email