BCCI’s charming president, Surav Ganguli, announced on Tuesday that all tickets for the India-UK Day / Night pink ball test in Ahmedabad have been “sold out”, adding that a call for spectators to join the upcoming IPL will also be taken soon.
The pink ball test between India and England is set to begin in Mottera, the world’s largest cricket stadium, in Ahmedabad on February 24th, and authorities have decided to allow 50 per cent of spectators.
“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. I’m glad to see normalcy back,” Ganguli said in an interview with Star Sports.
“I talked to Jay Shah and he is very attached to these test matches. Only for him cricket returns to Ahmedabad in six or seven years because they built the new stadium,” said the former captain of India.
The facility will be the second time India has hosted a day / night test. The first was played in Kolkata against Bangladesh in 2019.
“I told him we gave an example with the pink ball test last year in Calcutta, so I can’t go beyond that and we want to see every place and stay full. And that’s, the tickets also disappeared as far as the T20 is concerned. the tests will follow, “Ganguli said.
The second test between India and England in Chennai marks the return of spectators for an international match in India, after the outbreak of COVID-19 forced a complete cessation of sports activities in March last year.
BCCI also plans to allow viewers in the IPL, which is set to begin in the second week of April.
“This year will also be great because of what it is. We’ll see if we can get the crowd back into the IPL, it’s a decision we’ll have to make very soon. But it will be another great tournament,” Ganguli said.
Speaking at IPL’s mini-auction on Thursday, Ganguly said: “It’s not a big auction, but a lot of teams will have something to fill. Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super King’s in particular will have a lot of work to do in the auction. .
The former Indian skipper added that the pink ball test will be a permanent element in any home series.
“Absolutely. One test with a pink ball in a series is perfect. Every generation goes through changes, the pink ball is one of the main changes for the cricket test match and for keeping the test cricket live.
“I think next week’s crowded Ahmedabad Stadium will be another great sight for everyone.”
As for the personal front, Ganguli, who underwent two rounds of angioplasty last month, said he was feeling “in good shape”.
“I feel absolutely fine. Yes, there was a little fear, but fortunately it wasn’t as scary as everyone thought. I’m in good shape and I’m back at work.”