Former Indian captain and the current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI], Sourav Ganguly, has said that one pink-ball Test per series is ideal to help maintain the interest among fans in Test match cricket.
India will host its second day-night Test at the revamped Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad when the Virat Kohli-led side locks horns with England in the third Test of the four-match series from February 24. The series is currently locked 1-1 with England winning the first Test by 227 runs and India making a resounding comeback in the following match to inflict a 317-run defeat on the visitors.
”Absolutely. One pink-ball Test in a series is ideal. Every generation goes through changes, pink ball is one of the main changes for Test match cricket, and to keep Test match cricket alive. I think with Ahmedabad packed stadium in the next week will be another great sight for everyone.” Sourav Ganguly told Star Sports.
‘Ahmedabad is completely sold out’- Sourav Ganguly
The third Test will be a momentous occasion, not only because it will be played under lights but also because of the fact that this will be the first international fixture that will be played at the newly revamped Motera stadium.
The newly revamped stadium boasts a capacity of 1,10,000 spectators, but due to Covid-19 enforced restrictions, only 50% of spectators will be allowed at the venue.
Nevertheless, even a 50 percent capacity will mean around 50-60000 spectators will be present to witness the marquee clash and according to Sourav Ganguly, all the tickets have been completely sold out.
“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. I speak to Jay Shah and he’s very keen on these Test matches. Just for him also cricket is coming back to Ahmedabad after six-seven years because they built the new stadium, and I have told him we have set an example with pink-ball Test last year in Kolkata, so it cannot go beyond that and we want to see every seat and stand full. And that’s what it is, the tickets have gone, as well as for the T20s which will follow the Tests,” Sourav Ganguly revealed.
“We wanted the fans back. We could have had them in the first Test in Chennai but we decided to go with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, who said let’s see how it goes for the first one because it’s our first game after a long time and we’ll open it up for the second Test. I know the Gujarat Cricket Association will add a bit more to the cricket, not just with the game but a lot of other things around the game. It’s going to be a great Test match for everyone,” Sourav Ganguly added.