The BCCI and host broadcaster Star is looking to create as much hype as possible before the launch of the inaugural day-night test match. The BCCI’s new president Sourav Ganguly surprised everyone as he did a U-turn on the BCCI’s previous policy of saying no to day-night test matches.
Ganguly got the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to change the second test match at Eden Gardens from a day match to a day-night test match. The second test will take place from November 22 to 26.
Star Invites Former Test Captains
Star which is the host broadcaster for cricket in India sent out a letter to the BCCI outlining its special plans for the Eden Gardens test and requested approval from the BCCI. The plan is to invite former test captains and veteran players to the test match.
Star wants a number of ex-captains to take the field with the Indian national team when the national anthem is played. Ex-captains like Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni will be invited to do guest commentary working during the first 3 days of the test match.
The broadcaster will also ask these former captains to share their fondest memories and will share these short clips on the big screens in the stadium as well as on TV. These clips will be played throughout the test match. Star will also have veterans H Singh and V.V.S Laxman share their views on the famous 2001 Eden Garden test against Australia.
Training Session Will Be Broadcasted
Star has also confirmed that it will be broadcasting the training session of the Indian team to show viewers who the squad is training with the pink ball and what preparations they are making for the day-night test. The public has also been invited to attend this training session which takes place on the eve of the test match. They can attend the training session free of charge.
MS Dhoni Induction To TV Commentary
MS Dhoni has been out of the limelight after the 2019 ICC World Cup. The former Indian captain who still plays ODI and T20 cricket has asked for a leave of absence and has not played any cricket since.
Fans will be delighted to see MSD step into the commentary box for the first time and will also be interested to know whether he plans to be around for the T20 World Cup next year.