The Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal is really quite serious in turning the things for the state association and is leaving no stone unturned to get the first mover advantage. In the recent move, the Sourav Ganguly-led CAB has decided to introduce a ‘Bell’ ringing tradition before the start of the match. Currently, the system is followed by the oldest ground in the cricket history, Lords cricket ground.
According to this tradition, a special guest is invited and he rings Lord’s bell 5 minutes prior to the start of the match which marks the start of the match. Former cricketers are invited to get this job done. In past, Indian players too had the pleasure of ringing the bell.
Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid are few of the players who have rung the bell in past. Ganguly last ranged the bell during India tour of England 2014.
Speaking at the start of this tradition Dada said,
“Yes, we are getting such a bell which will be installed at the Eden Gardens. Every morning it will be rung by a cricketer from either side or ex-players. The bell is being imported and should be in place by September,”
CAB is also planning to create a ‘Fan Zone’ where kids will be able to play and spend time with their families during the matches.
Along with this, the Cricket Association of Bengal is also thinking to provide 10 percent of tickets to the school children for free. The move was quite a success in Delhi where the association decided to provide free tickets for school children. More than 6000-7000 school children turned up for the game.