Everyone is excited to see India playing the first day-night Test match. The number also say the same. In 66,000 seated Eden Gardens ground, 65,000 people will come to watch the match at each day of the first three days. Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh disagree with the motive to start the day-night Test match.
ICC introduced the day-night format in Tests to bring more crowd in the stadium. Traditionally, Test matches are made to be played at the day time or can be said in the office hours. The new fashion was introduced so that people can come to watch the match after work. The motive is seen to be accomplished in the first day-night Test match that will be played at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh, starting from 22 November.
Harbhajan Singh’s advice
Though Harbhajan Singh doesn’t agree that people will come to see the Test match if timings are changed, he has another advise to bring more crowds. The people in small cities will be more excited to watch their hero playing the matches and it will bring more crowd in the stadium, he detects.
“I don’t see pink ball bringing a lot of people to the ground it might not be the case. You have to do something about Test cricket. Probably taking the game to the smaller centres where people have not seen their heroes and action,” Harbhajan Singh told reporters.
“For instance, take the game from Mohali to Amristar. Your people will come to watch it. No matter what the format is whether you play with red/pink ball will not matter to them. One of the keys is to take the game to smaller centres,” he opined.
Harbhajan Singh also opined that the infrastructure should also be proper in the stadium.
“If you have two strong teams playing against each other then only people will come to enjoy the game. Also, another big factor which I feel is that there is not much infrastructure for people. There are not good toilets and seats so people prefer to stay back in their home,” he said.