Test cricket will be the top priority for Sourav Ganguly and his team of administrators in the forthcoming season. Ganguly, as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), finalised a series of measures to attract spectators to watch Test cricket with the sole motive to protect the interests of the five-day format.
“We will play one day-night Test in each series beginning with the one against Australia (later this year),” Ganguly told Sportstar. He confirmed Adelaide as the venue for the day-night Test, one of four listed for the series where India will also play three ODIs and three T20Is.
“I am convinced that day-night Test matches are the way forward. We saw a huge turnout at the Eden Gardens (last November) against Bangladesh and I know all countries are looking to encourage this idea. We are all for it,” he stressed. Ahmedabad will be the venue to host the second day-night Test in India during England’s visit next year.
Ganguly revealed the Board’s plans to “market” Test cricket. “We have formed a committee to market Test cricket. The committee will reach out to various stakeholders and sell Test cricket to the fans. There is a huge marketing potential waiting to be tapped,” he added.
Ganguly insisted the Board had decided to do away with the zonal system in the selection committee. “There won’t be any zonal representation in the National selection committee. You can have two or even three from one zone” said Ganguly. The CAC will meet this week to conduct the interviews for two slots in the senior and the junior committee.