More than 50,000 spectators are expected to witness the first three days of India’s first ever Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens, Kolkata on from November 22-26.
The Cricket Association of Bengal tweeted on Saturday (November 9), “More than 50,000 people to witness India’s first Pink Ball D/N Test at Eden Gardens each day for first three days as demand for tickets shoot through the roof.”
More than 50,000 people to witness India's first #PinkBall D/N Test at #EdenGardens each day for first three days as demand for tickets shoot through the roof. #BetheChange @SGanguly99 @BCCI#IndvBanTest
— CABCricket (@CabCricket) November 9, 2019
The 50,000 tickets include about 17,000 sold online and the remaining were distributed among the affiliated members, a CAB official gave the breakup as reported by PTI.
“It’s for the first three days and the demands are really high. Rest 16,000-odd will go for counter sales after November 14. We are expecting a full house,” the official said.
The customary Eden bell to start the proceedings on day one will be rung by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. However, the first ever pink ball Test will be a starry gathering with Union home minister Amit Shah, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar to don the match.
The CAB will also felicitate a galaxy of Indian sports stars including cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, tennis star Sania Mirza, world badminton champion PV Sindhu and six-time boxing world champion MC Mary Kom among others.
“Specially designed mementos will be given to the dignitaries while they will also make round of the stadium aboard golf carts,” the source added.
The CAB will also felicitate the team members of Bangladesh-India first ever Test in 2000, a game where Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, made his debut as Test captain.
(With inputs from agencies)