'If all goes as planned, she will ring the bell at the stadium to signal the start of the game. We will also send an invitation to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and West Bengal chief minister (Mamata Banerjee),' Sourav Ganguly said on India-Bangladesh Test in Kolkata
Kolkata: BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the second India-Bangladesh Test match at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
India will host Bangladesh in a two-Test series. The first match is in Indore from November 14 to 18. The second and final contest is in Kolkata from November 22 to 26.
“If all goes as planned, she will ring the bell at the stadium to signal the start of the game. We will also send an invitation to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and West Bengal chief minister (Mamata Banerjee),” Ganguly said.
On the Bangladesh cricketers' strike issue, Ganguly said that the matter will be sorted out by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and expressed optimism that the players will come to India for the tour.
The Bangladeshi players have decided not to take part in any cricket activity until their 11 demands are met. These include the reversal of the BCB's decision last month to abandon the Bangladesh Premier League's (BPL) franchise-based model.
The decision made on BPL resulted in the reduction of the average professional cricketer's earning to an all-time low. The cricket governing body also did not raise match fees in the first-class competition that began earlier this month.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmadullah were some of the prominent players who announced their demands during the press conference at National Cricket Academy in Dhaka on Monday.
Bangladesh is scheduled to tour India for three-match T20I and two-match Test match series, starting from November 3.
India vs Bangladesh series schedule
T20Is (7 pm IST start)
1st match (November 3) – Delhi
2nd match (November 7) – Rajkot
3rd match (November 10) – Nagpur
Tests (9.30 am IST start)
1st match (November 14-18) – Indore
2nd match (November 22-26) – Kolkata
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