'We are happy that it's a sellout for the first three days,' BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said about the India-Bangladesh day/night Test in Kolkata
Kolkata: India’s historic day/night Test against Bangladesh has received a huge response from the fans with the tickets for the opening three days of the game sold out, according to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
“We are happy that it's a sellout for the first three days,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in the media.
India are set to play their first-ever day/night Test at Eden Gardens from November 22. This is the second and final Test of the ongoing series against the visitors.
Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) secretary Avishek Dalmiya said, “All the sellable tickets were already sold out online. We are now left with limited number quota tickets. Now it remains to be seen if they will take them or not. We will only be able to evaluate on November 19.”
Also, Army paratroopers will fly into the ground to deliver pink balls to both captains, according to Avishek.
“The paratroopers will fly into the wicket with two pink balls. We have discussed the plans with the Army (Eastern Command),” he said.
This will be followed by the ringing of the customary Eden Bell by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Then at the 20-minute tea break, former captains and the galaxy of sport stars from other disciplines will be taken out on carts for a round of the ground along the boundary lines.
During the 40-minute supper break, the CAB has also organised a talk show featuring the ‘Fabulous Five’ of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman who will walk down the memory lane, delving on the epic 2001 Test win against Australia here.
“This will be showed on the giant screen. It will be clearly audible to the spectators,” Avishek said.
Following the first day’s play, players who played the first Test between India and Bangladesh will be felicitated followed by speeches given by the dignitaries including Sheikh Hasina.
(With inputs from PTI)
Last Updated 11:45 AM IST