The concept of the day-night Test cricket with pink balls has been an instant hit with the Kolkata fans. The idea to revive Test cricket is well accepted and a packed house is on the cards as India and Bangladesh play the first day-night Test in India.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said that the tickets for the first four days of India’s first Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata have been sold out and he was extremely happy about it.
The second and last Test of the India-Bangladesh series will go down the history as the first Day-Night Test in India. The teams have reached Kolkata to prepare for the test with the pink ball at the Eden Gardens from November 22.
“It’s sold out and I’m extremely happy (about it),” said Ganguly here after visiting the BCCI headquarters.
Asked for how many days it was sold out, Ganguly informed four.
The countdown of the historic Test began in Kolkata on Sunday with the City of Joy turning pink.
Earlier, Ganguly had unveiled ‘Pinku-Tinku’, the event’s official mascots.
The Eden Gardens, one of the biggest stadiums in India, has a capacity of 67,000.
The teams are in Kolkata to prepare for the challenges of the pink ball, which is being tipped to behave differently than the conventional cherry.
Experts have opined the pink ball would not have much assistance for the spinners. It might also not aid reverse swing. The batsman too might have their share of difficulties it won’t be easy to see the black seam on a pink surface.