Due to this pandemic, cricket has come to a standstill. Fans have lost interest in going to stadiums and watch cricket due to the fear of COVID-19. So to restore the interest and engagement of the fans Sourav Ganguly, aka. Dada has said that it is crucial to hold at least one day night match in a series.
Ganguly’s 48th Birthday
Sourav Ganguly, also known as the ‘Prince of Kolkata,’ turned 48 this Wednesday on 8th July. His social media handles were flooded with birthday wishes from his fans and former teammates. Having scored over 10000+ runs in ODIs, he is also the most successful Indian test Captain of all time. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1997 and the Padma Shri in 2004.
Insights on last year’s Pink Ball Test match
The current president of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, also cited last year’s India-Bangladesh Pink Ball Test. He highlighted the fact that this particular match grabbed the attention of many and was one of the most successful Test match held in 2019. This test match was played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata and the spectators were delighted to watch such kind of pink ball test match as they had never witnessed such a thing in the past.
Ganguly firmly believes that cricket needs everyone back as it makes the sport more enjoyable and worth watching. Talking about the Pink Ball Test match, Ganguly said that this match was not an ordinary one as it managed to get almost 350000 people in the ground in just three days. The response from the audience was tremendous and Ganguly wishes to arrange such a kind of test match soon. Ganguly was appointed as the president of BCCI in 2019, and since then, he has always tried to bring up innovations in the game.
Ganguly’s take on one day night match
Last year ICC said that they are looking forward to changing some aspects of the most extended format of the game and suggested trying out four days test series. However, Sourav Ganguly has a different perception regarding Test matches. He said that he believes that innovation is vital in every aspect of life, but if 4-day Tests come into play, then most of the games will result in a draw. He believes that the Test format is designed correctly and no changes should be made in such format.
Later this year, India and Australia will face each other in a four-match test series. Out of it, the second test will be a pink ball test contest. The series between India and Australia will begin from 3rd December 2020 in Brisbane, Australia.