Sourav Ganguly poses with the pink ball at Eden Gardens © AFP
Sourav Ganguly poses with the pink ball at Eden Gardens © AFP

Since 2015, cricket has already witnessed seven day-night Tests with the latest being the Adelaide thriller in the 2017-18 Ashes. Adelaide, Dubai, Brisbane and Birmingham have been the venues so far. Port Elizabeth and Auckland are soon to join the bandwagon. Isn’t it surprising that no Indian venue features in the list? Keeping all the moolahs and power aside, India are yet to play the new concept. However, the cricket powerhouse have experimented with the pink ball in two editions of Duleep Trophy. Considering the dwindling crowd for Tests in the country, Sourav Ganguly believes day-night Tests are inevitable.

“It is inevitable, it has to happen someday. It is very simple, a pink ball will be used instead of the red cherry and people will come and watch in the evening,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI.

Ganguly-presided Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) managed to pocket just over INR 40 lakhs from gate money during the India-Sri Lanka first Test last month.

Ganguly believes that pink-ball cricket is needed for the survival of the longer version from poor turnouts and will make things more exciting for the spectators. It was Ganguly who first brought pink-ball cricket to India with Bengal’s club cricket final. The venue was Eden Gardens, Kolkata and Ganguly got a local cricket match televised.