India recently hosted its first-ever pink ball day-night Test against Bangladesh in front of a sell-out crowd at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The current BCCI president and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that the pink ball Tests are here to stay and the Indian team should play at least one such match in every series.
While talking to The Week magazine about day-night Tests, Ganguly said, “I am pretty upbeat about it. I feel this is the way forward. Not every Test, but at least one Test in a series.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which is the richest cricket board at the moment marketed this pink-ball Test match really aggressively. The prominent city landmarks were all illuminated in pink and overall a buzz was created around the match.
As a result of this marketing, fans turned up in large numbers and it was a houseful at Eden Gardens. The 47-year-old was really encouraged by the fans in Kolkata which made him believe that other Indian venues are also now ready to host day-night tests.
“I will share my experiences with the board and we will try and implement it in other places. After this, everyone is ready. Nobody wants to play Test cricket in front of 5,000 people,” said the former India batsman.
On the other hand, the current team India skipper Virat Kohli who welcomed this innovation felt that pink-ball Tests should be an exception and not the rule as he said, “I think (day-night Tests) can be a one-off thing, it should not be a regular scenario.”
(With Reuters inputs)