India Ready To Play First Day-Night Test At Eden Gardens, Bangladesh Yet To Decide
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official, on Sunday (October 27), confirmed that the BCCI have given them the proposal of playing a day-night Test at the Eden Gardens. India will host Bangladesh for three T20Is and a couple of Tests next month. And it looks like BCCI are interested in making the Eden Gardens Test a day-night affair.
India are yet to play a day-night Test with the team-management not showing much interest in it. However, newly-elected BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has been a big fan of the pink ball Test and has already said that Tests under lights are the way ahead. The BCB, nonetheless, is yet to take a final call on the matter.
“They [BCCI] have proposed [Day-Night Test] us and we will let them know after thinking a while,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told reporters on Sunday. We have received the letter two or three days and we will take a decision in this regard but we have not discussed about it. We will let them know about our decision within one or two days,” BCB’s cricket operations chairman Akram Khan confirmed.
On the other hand, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they cannot guarantee anything. He made it clear that the final the decision depends on the players and team management.
“At first we have to take the consent of the players and members of the team managements about it. It is totally a technical matter [playing day-night Test from skill perspective] and we have to consider that there is preparation required to play a Test with a pink ball,” Chouwdhury said.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, will start their India tour with the three T20Is, starting on November 3, before starting their ICC World Test Championship in Indore. The first Test will start on November 14 while the second one will be held at the Eden Gardens from November 22. The second Test is now very much likely to become the venue of India’s first day-night Test.