The BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly has said that one pink ball test should be included in every Test Series in order to attract crowds in huge numbers for test cricket.
India & England will play a pink ball test staring from February 24 at the Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad. Fans would be allowed for that test match & Ganguly has said that the tickets for the pink ball test has already been sold out. Both India & England will face each other in the pink ball test with the four match test series level at 1-1.
“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. I speak to Jay Shah and he’s very keen on these Test matches,” Ganguly told Star Sports.
“Just for him also cricket is coming back to Ahmedabad after six-seven years because they built the new stadium, and I have told him we have set an example with pink-ball Test last year in Kolkata, so it cannot go beyond that and we want to see every seat and stand full.
“And that’s what it is, the tickets have gone, as well as for the T20s which will follow the Tests.
“We wanted the fans back. We could have had them in the first Test in Chennai but we decided to go with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, who said let’s see how it goes for the first one because it’s our first game after a long time and we’ll open it up for the second Test.
“I know the Gujarat Cricket Association will add a bit more to the cricket, not just with the game but a lot of other things around the game. It’s going to be a great Test match for everyone.”
Highlighting more about the aspects of Pink Ball tests, Ganguly said, “One pink-ball Test in a series is ideal.
“Every generation goes through changes. Pink ball is one of the main changes for Test match cricket, and to keep Test match cricket alive.”
IPL 2021 is set to be played from April this year. The BCCI would be looking forward to have fans in attendance for the much awaited T20I tournament & Ganguly revealed that the decision regarding fans would be taken very soon.
Before the T20 tournament a small auction will be held in Chennai on February 18 & it will have 292 players available for the auction. Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Alex Hales, Shakib Al Hasan, and Moeen Ali are some of the players who have registered for this year’s auction.
“This year is going to be big as well because of what it is. We’ll see whether we can get the crowd back into the IPL, it’s a decision we’ll have to take very shortly. But it’s going to be another great tournament,” said Ganguly.