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Ganguly bats for day-and-night Tests

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Friday said that since India captain Virat Kohli favoured day-and-night Tests it would be easier to host the new avatar of the longer version of the game.

Speaking at a function organised by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to felicitate him, Ganguly said the impression that Kohli didn’t like day-and-night Test was not correct.

“I am a big believer in day-and-night Tests. Virat Kohli is agreeable to it. The game needs to go forward,” said Ganguly.

The former India captain, who was instrumental in hosting the first-ever day-and-night pink ball cricket at the Eden Gardens here in 2016 during his tenure as CAB president, said the five-day format needed support to survive.

“Nobody thought T20 cricket would be like this. I am a firm believer in day-and-night Tests. Test cricket is seriously challenged by T20 and 50-over cricket… I don’t know when it will happen but I hope it happens.”

While touching upon various issues, Ganguly said the conflict of interest issue needed to be “more realistic.”

Ganguly stressed that he wanted the BCCI to be “credible and clean.”

V.V.S. Laxman, who played for India under Ganguly’s captaincy and then worked with him as a batting consultant at CAB, advised the BCCI chief to upgrade the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“Recently I saw the most-depleted South African side. That’s because their domestic structure is not strong. Indian cricket is flourishing because our domestic structure is doing well. I want to know how NCA can be a centre of excellence so that we can have future champions?”

Mohammed Azharuddin, who was Ganguly’s first captain in the Indian side and the current Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president, expected the BCCI president to excel.

“I want Sourav, the BCCI president, to achieve more than what he has achieved as a player and a captain,” said Azharuddin, while thanking people of West Bengal for their support to him all the while.

Source: thehindu.com

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