In India Today Conclave East, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has given the reason behind pushing for the day-night test against Bangladesh.
Sourav Ganguly at India Today Conclave East 2019 (Image Credit: Vikram Sharma / India Today)
Kolkata, 06 December 2019, updated 16:03 IST
- Board President Ganguly spoke in India Today Conclave East
- Ganguly said – marketing of Test cricket is necessary
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has given the reason behind pushing for the day-night test against Bangladesh. He said that the only reason for this is ‘timing’. Cricket fans will be able to watch Test cricket after settling their work. On Friday in India Today Conclave East, Sourav Ganguly said that he had sought Virat Kohli’s opinion before urging Bangladesh to play the Pink Ball Test at the Eden Gardens.
India was the last cricket ‘super power’ to play the day-night test. Sourav Ganguly took command of the BCCI and only after this was possible. Former Indian captain Ganguly decided that the time had come that Virat Brigade also played the day-night test like the rest of the world. Ganguly said in India Today Conclave East, ‘I think getting feedback from Virat Kohli on the day-night test was not a problem at all. He immediately agreed. He was fully prepared for the day-night test.
Ganguly said, ‘Good marketing of Test cricket is important. I too feel that this is the need of the hour. People do not have time to watch Test cricket in the morning, it is a matter of ‘common sense’. Sourav Ganguly said that he did not expect an audience-filled stand against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens everyday. Ganguly said that there will be more enthusiasm for Test matches against strong teams like Australia, England and New Zealand.
He also said, ‘Pink ball tests cannot replace traditional test matches, which start at 9.30 am.’ He also reacted to the report that Australia wants to play 2 day-night Test matches in the series against India. He said that 2 pink ball test matches are ‘a bit much’. Ganguly said that he has not heard anything from Cricket Australia about this.