Eden Gardens to host India’s First Day Night Test Match

First day night test match in India

There is a lot of buzz among the Indian and Bangladeshi cricket fans as both teams will play their first Day Night Test Match. Both BCCI and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the news that the second test in this Bangladesh tour will be host by the iconic Eden Gardens and will be a Day-Night Test Match.

Another Chapter in the history of both Teams!

India and Bangladesh share a lot of cricketing history. India helped Bangladesh to gain the status of a Test-playing nation. Plus, we were one of the few teams that initially toured and hosted test matches for them. Now another piece of history in the making as both sides play their first day night test match. Eden Gardens, which has seen many memorable events in the past, is now to witness another special moment.

Drama before the Bangladesh Tour of India

There was a lot of argument before the arrival of the Bangladeshi players. The players were at strike and wanted their board to fulfill their agenda. There were speculations that the tour might get canceled, and BCCI Head Saurav Ganguly had to step in to clear the smog. However, BCB accepted most of the player’s demand, and the team was set to leave.

However, another news tore Bangladeshi fans apart. One of the world’s best all-rounder, Shakib Al-Hasan, was given a one-year ban by the ICC after failing to report fixing offer. This news is not only bad for the Bangladesh team, but also for the fans who were waiting for a contest. Leaving this on the side, Bangladesh will play three T20s and two Tests on this tour. The second of which is the 1st Day Night Test Match in India, hosted by the Eden Garden.

Day-Night Test Matches

The 1st ever Day-Night test match was played between Australia and New Zealand on Nov 2015 at Adelaide. Since then, 10 more day-night test matches have been played. It is the first Day-Night Test Match in the Indian Subcontinent. Stats show that more people visit a day-night test match than a regular one. Hence, such tests will rekindle the excitement among fans in a time when test matches are losing interest.

BCCI demands for specific Pink Balls

Yes, the match will be played with a pink ball. It was expected that BCCI would ask Kookaburra or Dukes for pink balls. But Ganguly confirmed that SG would supply the Pink balls. In the past, SG pink balls have been used in the domestic circuit. However, it had a poor showing as it lost its shape and shine. So no spin or reverse swing. BCCI has demanded specific Pink Balls this time, so the match doesn’t end as a dead rubber.

How to get tickets for the match?

If you are looking for the Day night test match tickets, then you have to reach early to the country. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is planning to sell tickets in the denomination of Rs 50, 100, 150 on a daily basis. It is done to pull in as many people as possible. The tickets will have a tinge of pink to mark the occasion.

The match is scheduled to start between 1 and 1:30 in the afternoon and get over by 8:30. The match will have a 20 min tea break and then a 40 min supper break. So only one and half hour is scheduled to be played in lights.

Final thoughts

The match won’t be easy for both sides due as many players are playing their First day night test match. Moreover, the dew will be a big factor with the pink ball. Add to this the controversy leading to the test and the historic moment for both teams. All of which is a recipe for an exciting game of test match for fans.

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