Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly has said that testing the pink ball is the norm in every series and it will help bring in huge crowds for the longest format of the game.
Fans will also appear for that test and Ganguly has already said that the stadium has been sold for the upcoming Test. Both India and England completed the series of Test matches 1–1 with the pink ball.
“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. I talk to Jai Shah and he is looking forward to these Test matches. For him too, cricket is coming back to Ahmedabad after six-seven years because they have built a 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,” Ganguly told Star sports.
“We wanted the fans back. We could have given 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 time because it is long after we have our first game and we will open it 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.”
Talking about the possibilities of pink-ball tests, Ganguly said: ” Absolutely. One pink-ball Test in a series is ideal. Every generation goes through changes, the pink ball is one of the main changes for Test match cricket, and to keep Test match cricket alive. I think with Ahmedabad packed stadium in the next week will be another great sight for everyone.”
India and England will next play the Horns in a pink ball test, which will begin on February 24 at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.