It took Virat three seconds to accept the Day-Night Test: Ganguly
KOLKATA: Cricket Control Board in India ( BCCI ) President Sourav Ganguly on Saturday he criticized those behind India for not agreeing to play a test match under the lights in Adelaide last year against Australia, saying he took a patron virat Kohli Three seconds to say yes to day and night games.
Ganguly met Kohli on October 24, a day after he was formally announced as the president of BCCI, and the first thing he said was the need to play pink ball Tests
I don't know what the reason was that they didn't want to play (Adelaide Day-night test ) I met Virat on the 24th, I met him for an hour and the first question was that we need to have a D/N test cricket. The answer in three seconds was yes, let's go ahead and let's do it, Ganguly said in the book launch of former international referee Simon Taufel entitled Finding The Gaps here.
So I really don't know what happened in the past. What is the reason and who was involved in the decision. But I found it absolutely acceptable to play DN test matches. He realizes that I think empty seats in the test matches are not the right way, said the former captain of India.
India will take on Bangladesh in their first ever Day-night test at Eden Gardens from November 22-26.
India had refused to play a D-N Test at Adelaide in 2018 and has since not been very keen on the idea until newly-elected BCCI president Ganguly underlined the need to play Test cricket under lights to pull crowds.
When India went to Australia, my 100th match was a Boxing Day Test at MCG. There were 70,000 people watching the game. You should see the ashes when Australia plays against England, not an empty seat. When India played Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens, there were 1,50,000 people watching. Now people's lives have changed. The society has changed. You cannot leave the offices to watch the test matches, so adaptability is the most important thing. Most of the time, change is good. Sometimes when you are forced to change and leave your comfort zone, it is better, Ganguly said.
Ganguly added that the test cricket must be marketed in the right way so he can stand up again, and with the D-N test here, he hopes he will return to where he was in India.
In the recently concluded local series in South Africa, empty positions were a common feature as India bleached Proteas 3-0.
Some of the teams I've played with, all the best players. I was disappointed to see the South African team this time. The test cricket must be marketed much more than we do at this time. I couldn't believe that Australia was host to India in a test match in Adelaide, and Big Bash was happening in another part of the country at that time. It is a poor organization. I know that T20 cricket attracts crowds, you see the IPL. But I think the proper management of the test cricket will. Take him back to where he was, Ganguly said.
I hope it is a start for India. It is the place to play the game in the world. With the attention and love of fans and with this, I think Test Cricket will be back on its feet, he added.
Former umpire Simon Taufel had also backed Ganguly's views regarding pink ball Tests being the way forward.
The modern high performance business is about going to the limit. It's about going to places where we haven't been before and taking informed risks. We take that based on research and what customers want, Taufel said.
"We know if we don't do anything about Test cricket, it's under threat. It is facing some challenges. We could be doing a lot more to promote Test cricket. We need to explore pink ball in that aspect," Taufel said.
Sometimes you have to try things to know if they work or not. Pink cricket is something to explore before getting it off the table, said the 48-year-old Australian, widely regarded as one. of the best cricket referees.
Taufel was present when the first pink ball Test was played in 2015 between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide.
It works in some countries and some environments. In Adelaide, for example, it has been a great success, he said.