Ahmedabad pink ball Test is completely sold out, will take decision on groups in IPL in no time: Ganguly

A delighted BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday reported that all tickets for the pink ball Day/Night Test among India and England in Ahmedabad have been “sold out”, including that a call passage of onlookers in the forthcoming IPL will likewise be taken right away.

The pink ball Test among India and England is scheduled to start at the Motera, the world’s greatest cricket arena, in Ahmedabad from February 24 and the specialists have chosen to permit 50% spectators.

“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. Happy to see normalcy back,” Ganguly told Star Sports in an interview.

“I spoke to Jay Shah and he’s very keen on these Test matches. Just for him also cricket is coming back to Ahmedabad after six-seven years because they built the new stadium,” former India captain said.

The apparatus will be the second time India have a Day/Night Test. The initially was played in Kolkata against Bangladesh in 2019.

“I have told him we have set an example with the 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 said.

The second Test among India and England in Chennai denoted the arrival of onlookers for a worldwide match in India after COVID-19 flare-up constrained a total closure of brandishing action in March a year ago.

The BCCI is additionally thinking about permitting observers in the IPL, which is scheduled to start in the second seven day stretch of April.

“This year is going to be big as well because of what it is. We’ll see whether we can get the crowd back into the IPL, it’s a decision we’ll have to take very shortly. But it’s going to be another great tournament,” Ganguly said.

Discussing the IPL scaled down sale, to be hung on Thursday, Ganguly said: “It’s anything but a major sale however a ton of groups will have a ton to fill. Extraordinarily Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings will have a ton of work to do in the bartering.

The previous Indian captain added that a pink ball Test will be a lasting installation in each home arrangement.

“Absolutely. One pink-ball Test in a series is ideal. Every generation goes through changes, pink ball is one of the main changes for Test match cricket, and to keep Test match cricket alive.

“I think the packed Ahmedabad stadium next week will be another great sight for everyone.”

On the individual front, Ganguly, who went through two rounds of angioplasty a month ago, said he is feeling ‘fit and fine.’

“I’m feeling absolutely fine. Yes, there was a bit of scare but luckily it wasn’t as scary as everyone thought. I’m fit and fine and I’m back to work.”

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..