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India vs Bangladesh | India Await Bangladesh's Consent for Day-Night Test in Kolkata

Bangladesh have confirmed that India have proposed to host a day-night Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata during the upcoming series. Bangladesh are yet to make a decision, and will do so after consulting the team management.

Cricketnext Staff |October 28, 2019, 12:01 PM IST
India vs Bangladesh | India Await Bangladesh's Consent for Day-Night Test in Kolkata

Bangladesh have confirmed that India have proposed to host a day-night Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata during the upcoming series. Bangladesh are yet to make a decision, and will do so after consulting the team management.

BCB's cricket operations chairman Akram Khan confirmed that India showed interest in playing the second game of the series, in Kolkata, under lights. If Bangladesh agree, it would be the first day-night Test in India.

"They (BCCI) have proposed (a day-night Test) us and we will let them know after thinking a while," 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 chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they would leave the decision to the team.

"At first we have to take the consent of the players and members of the team management about it. It is totally a technical matter and we have to consider that there is preparation required to play a Test with a pink ball," Chouwdhury said.

India's proposal comes as a fresh approach under new president Sourav Ganguly, who said he's a firm believer in the concept.

"I am a firm believer in D-N Tests. Kohli is agreeable to it... The game needs to go forward and that is the way forward," he had said recently. "People should finish work and come to watch champions play. I don’t know when that will happen, but it will. We all are thinking about this and we will do something about it… Till the time I am around, I will be pushing for it."

Former India coach Anil Kumble too had supported the idea. Speaking with Cricketnext he had said, “I think day-night Test cricket will certainly bring in the crowds towards the latter half of that game.

"You also need to choose the right time of the year because we’ve seen in day-night ODIs, the ball gets really wet because of due. So, you may have to choose the venue and time of the year.

"Irrespective of what you do with Test match cricket, the general expectations of the spectator to enhance the facilities and make him/her comfortable, is important as well. So, if you create all of that, you need to market it and make sure that you bring in all these measures - ticketing, access, comfort, and then of course if you can come in at 6 in the evening, after work, after you’re done with your routine, to come and watch a few hours of cricket, I think that’s where we’re headed. So, yes, I’m hoping that very soon you’ll see India also experimenting with day-night Test cricket."

India had last year declined an opportunity to play a day-night Test during the tour of Australia as the team management wanted better preparation.

Bangladesh's tour of India has three T20Is and two Tests, with the first T20I on November 3. The Tests begin on November 14 (Indore) and November 22 (Kolkata).

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