India could play its maiden Day/Night Test soon at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata against Bangladesh, if all goes to plan for the BCCI.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI has requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to make the second and final Test in Kolkata a day/night affair. Should the BCB give its nod to the request, it will make India and Bangladesh the eighth and ninth Test playing nations to participate in a day/night Test.
“We are having this discussion but we haven’t decided yet. We will only decide after speaking to the players and team management,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters when queried on the same.
Bangladesh are slated to play three T20Is and two Tests in their upcoming visit to India, with the uncertainty hanging over the tour now cleared after their top players called off an indefinite strike.
Newly elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has long been an advocate of day/night Tests with the former India skipper emphasising its value upon taking on his new charge.
“We all are thinking about this. We will do something about this,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I am a big believer in day-night Tests. (Virat) Kohli is agreeable to it. I see a lot of reports in newspapers that he is not, but that is not true.
“The game needs to go forward and that is the way forward. People should finish work and come to watch champions play. I don’t know when that will happen, but it will.”
The first Test between India and Bangladesh in Indore is slated to begin on November 14 while the Eden Gardens Test is scheduled to get underway on November 22.
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