India vs England pink ball test: The president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly was delighted to announce that the tickets for the pink ball Test between India and England have been sold out. He also added that the decision on the entry of the spectators in the upcoming Indian Premier League will be taken shortly.
The third test between India and England will be played at newly refurbished Motera Stadium (Sardar Patel Stadium) Ahmedabad. This will be the first international game hosted by the stadium. The game will begin on 24th February.
BCCI has decided to allow at least 50 per-cent crowd to the stadium which has the capacity of 110,000 spectators at one go.
“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.
India will host its second Day/Night test game at Ahmedabad between India and England while the first Day/Night fixture was hosted in Kolkata’s Eden Garden back in 2019 against Bangladesh.
The BCCI and IPL GC are planning to allow spectators back to IPL which is slated to take place from the second week 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.
Ganguly added that BCCI will conduct one pink ball test in every home series.
“Absolutely. One pink-ball Test in a series is ideal. Every generation goes through changes, the pink ball is one of the main changes for Test match cricket, and to keep Test match cricket alive.“