India will host New Zealand during September this year as the Kiwis tour the sub-continent for three tests and five ODIs. The third and final test was scheduled to be played at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
But there is a sudden change of plans as the dates seem to clash with Bengal’s most celebrated festival Durga Puja. With this, there is a change in schedule as BCCI shifted the test to Indore and has allocated the dates of second test to Kolkata as the test will be played from September 30.
President of CAB, Sourav Ganguly has called up to BCCI president Anurag Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in order to change the dates of the test match when BCCI allocated the third test match to Eden Gardens.
“We had previously discussed in the working committee that Eden would not host a Test during the Durga Puja. They must have forgotten, but changed the dates as soon as they realised it,” said Sourav Ganguly.
Another challenge that Eden Gardens is set to face is the weather conditions as September is commonly the month when Kolkata will have downpour which had affected the games in the past.
“It is not an easy job to prepare a wicket in September. It’s quite challenging. Since we have been given the responsibility, we will try our best,” said Sujan Mukhopadhyay who is Eden’s current pitch curator.
However, Sourav Ganguly remained confident in hosting the test match as he said: “I don’t think there is going to be a problem. We are going to prepare the wicket as we do normally.”
The champions league matches were moved to anew venue from Eden Gardens in the past but Ganguly said, “It is not a big deal that it did not happen back then. It’s not going to repeat, wait and see for yourselves.”