Dada batting on front foot, approves first day-night test against Bangladesh
"The match will be played with a pink SG ball at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from November 22"
While the world was playing day-night version of the longest format, the BCCI held India back. The conservationist approach was keeping India away from a revolution in the game. However, now that Sourav Ganguly is at the helm, the decision was only a matter of time. On Tuesday, he approved India’s first ever day-night test to be played against Bangladesh when they tour India in November.
The match will be played with a pink SG ball at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from November 22. With the series due in under a month, it was quite a task to convince Virat Kohli and Bangladesh Cricket Board to agree for the sudden change of plan but Dada went the extra mile and ensured both parties agreed to the proposal. The recently concluded series against South Africa raised several doubts over the future of test cricket in India. The crowd was always scarce, even on final days of play. However, it seems the new BCCI president is determined to bring life back into test matches.
He has also announced plans to implement contract system for domestic players, another revolutionary step that should have been taken long ago by the money-heavy cricket board. When Dada was crowned the boss at BCCI, the expectations from fans shot up. And at the pace he is taking decisions, it appears he is going to live up to it.