The BCB has agreed to the BCCI’s request for the second Test between India and Bangladesh to be played with pink ball under lights at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo confirmed the development at a press conference in Mirpur on Tuesday, a day before the side was scheduled to depart to India. Bangladesh, who find themselves in the middle of chaos – their Test and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for two years and last week the players went on strike against the board – haven’t named their Test squad yet.
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“As a coach and some players, we think it’s a great opportunity and I don’t think India have played a pink-ball Test before, Domingo said at a press conference. “We haven’t played a pink-ball Test and it’s a great occasion at Eden Gardens and it will be a new experience for both teams. So, we’re excited and it’s going to be a great occasion under lights at Kolkata against probably the best team in the world. We’re really looking forward to the challenge. We’re not going to have a lot of time to prepare with the pink ball but it’s the same for India.”
India and Bangladesh are the only Full Members apart from Afghanistan and Ireland to have not played a day-night Test yet.
The Eden Gardens Test is scheduled to begin on November 22, with the series of three T20Is (Delhi – November 3, Rajkot – November 7, and Nagpur – November 10] and the first Test, in Indore from November 14, preceding it.
More to follow…