Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who now wears the administrator’s hat as president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), remains optimistic about Eden Gardens hosting the country’s first-ever day-night Test, against New Zealand, and is awaiting directives from the BCCI.
There were reports which had claimed that New Zealand Cricket does not want to play a day-night Test in India during their three-match series, tentatively scheduled for October.
“I have not heard this. They have played against Australia (in the first and only day-night Test) at the Adelaide Oval in November last year,” Ganguly said.
“I would like to see what directives come from the BCCI. It’s happening all around the world. It’s a matter of time before it happens in India.”
Ganguly is the first in the country to take the initiative as the CAB has planned the Super League final (June 18-21) under lights using a pink kookaburra ball.
The technical committee chairman of the Board also recommended using a pink ball in the upcoming Duleep Trophy on an experimental basis ahead of the proposed day-night Test against New Zealand.
The three-match Test series against New Zealand will be played at Indore, Kanpur and Kolkata with the Eden Gardens expected to host the country’s first international five-day day/night match.