In a historic move, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) proposal to host a day-night Test in the upcoming 2-Test series between the two teams. India will thus host their first ever pink-ball Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from November 22.
Newly-appointed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who has been an ardent supporter of day-night Tests, made his intentions clear when he said Virat Kohli was agreeable to India playing day-night Tests.
Ganguly, on Monday, confirmed he had spoken to BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chaudhary about BCCI’s proposal to play the 2nd and final Test of the 2-match series in Kolkata with the pink-ball. He said BCB were agreeable but that the cricket body wanted to discuss with its players and team management before taking the final call.
“I spoke to the BCB president (Nazmul Hassan). They are agreeable, they wanted to speak to the players. I’m sure it will be a day/night match. They will also officially announce it soon,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by the PTI.
Sourav Ganguly also said BCCI would look at making Eden Gardens day-night Test an annual affair.
The announcement of the first ever day-night Test in India comes after BCCI’s continued resistance to the newest experiment in world cricket. The cricket body had argued that India had not played enough first-class cricket under the lights and it would risk losing World Test Championship points.
Notably, India and Bangladesh along with Afghanistan and Ireland are the only teams to have not played a day-night Test yet. Since the 1st-ever day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand in 2015, 11 more have been played.
According to the current ICC Playing Conditions, day-night matches can be held by the host country only with “with the agreement of the Visiting Board. India were expected to play a day-night Test in Adelaide last year but the BCCI were not open to the idea of playing pink-ball Test.
Notably, India had experimented with pink-ball cricket in Duleep Trophy between 2016 and 2018 before the first-class tournament returned to red-ball format for the 2019 season.