Right after it was finalised that the second of the two-match Test series between India and Bangladesh will be a Day-Night outing, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has started working extra hours in their bid to make the momentous occasion a grand and memorable one.
India and Bangladesh are the only two teams among the top-10 Test-playing nations to have never played with the pink-ball. And, keeping in mind the historic relevance of the game, the Bengal board is leaving no stone unturned in their preparation.
If one of their plans succeeds, the first day of the match could see a helicopter revolving around the Eden Gardens from which a skydiver will come flying into the ground with the trophy in his hand. Pink colours might also be showered from the sky.
According to a report in Bengali news portal EiSamay.Com, the CAB has already asked for permission from a colonel in Indian Army. The Army’s response is yet to be known.
The board officials held meetings till late on Wednesday and the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is also expected to join them on Thursday. The design of the ticket was finalised at the meeting and was sent to BCCI.
Reportedly, even the ticket will carry a pink theme, in sync with the ball. “We want to make tickets which people can keep with themselves as memorabilia,” CAB Secretary Abhishek Dalmiya said.
Also, pink shirts and special ties are being made for all the officials. The ties would be handed over to the Bangladesh officials as well. Meanwhile, a special gold coin would also be created for the toss for which the board has already written an application to the BCCI.
While all the Test-playing nations played with the pink ball, one reason that the Indian players and the management cited for not playing was their lack of confidence about how the SG-manufactured pink balls would function in Indian condition. No experience at home took away the chances of playing it outside as well.
However, news has emerged from CAB that the board is planning to hold a few day-night matches with the pink ball to understand its behaviour. This, the CAB pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee felt, would also be helpful in preparing the ground for the second Test.
The cricket governing body of Bengal has already asked the manufacturers to send 72 balls by next week.
Notably, this would not be the first time Eden Gardens would host a pink-ball match. In 2016, the iconic Kolkata ground had the distinction to hold the first-ever day-night game in India. Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore Club had played the four-day CAB Super League final with pink ball.