Ahmedabad to have pink ball Test against England: Ganguly

Ahmedabad will have the day-night pink ball Test during England’s expensive visit through India right on time one year from now, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said here on Tuesday. Britain are scheduled to visit India from January-March for five Tests and a restricted overs arrangement.

“Ahmedabad will hold the day-night Test,” Ganguly said at the Kolkata Press Club while dispatching a book by CPI(M) MLA Ashok Bhattacharya. Inferable from a flood in COVID-19 case load in India in the ongoing past, there had been theories that the arrangement could be moved to the UAE, where the IPL 2020 is in progress.

Be that as it may, the BCCI is resolved to have England in the nation and is now investigating all potential alternatives, including making bio-secure air pockets. Ahmedabad, Dharamsala and Kolkata are probably going to be the three settings for the Test arrangement, yet Ganguly said they are yet to accept a last call.

“We have made some tentative plans but nothing has been decided as of now. We still have four months’ time,” said Ganguly. The BCCI president said their need is the up and coming Australia visit, the group determination for which will occur in a couple of days.

“Before England, we have Australia series coming up. There will be team selection happening in a few days.” Ganguly said switching to the Test format immediately after the IPL won’t be a problem for the players. “They are all quality players, they will be fine.” As for the homegrown season, the BCCI has chosen to begin the Ranji Trophy from January 1, and Ganguly said the subtleties will be worked out in the up and coming Annual General Meeting (AGM).

“The AGM will happen soon and there we will decide about the Ranji Trophy.” Ganguly disclosed a Bengali book on COVID-19 pandemic – ‘Crown, Purba O Uttar, Nagarayan O Arthaniti’ – wrote by Bhattacharya. A COVID-19 survivor, the 71-year-old Bhattacharya has described his experience of defeating the destructive infection, in the book.

Bhattacharya is likewise the executive of Board of Administrators of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation..

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