New BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Friday said skipper Virat Kohli is agreeable to play Day-Night Tests and that they could be a reality in the near future.
On Thursday, Ganguly met Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in Mumbai during the selection meeting for the Bangladesh series and it is reported that he spoke to them about the Day-Night Tests.
“We all are thinking about this. We will do something about this. I am a big believer in Day-Night Tests. Kohli is agreeable to it. I see a lot of reports in newspapers that he is not, but that is not true. The game needs to go forward and that is the way forward. People should finish work and come to watch champions play. I don’t know when that will happen, but it will,” Ganguly said.
“The team has done well, we might not have won big tournaments. So roadmap will happen with time. Indian cricket has a good structure and it has money.” – Ganguly added.
Ganguly also compared the Indian Premier League (IPL) with English Premier League in football.
“The IPL is the biggest league in the world, like EPL. It is in no way inferior to EPL in terms of eyeballs and the way it’s run.
“My job is to help cricketers at all levels, first-class cricketers. My ambition is to make sure players who don’t get to play for India, get the facilities. One of my ambitions is also to make cricket credible and clean. I don’t know about my time frame, but by the time I leave all those who take over will be able to say he has left a healthy system behind,” – Ganguly said.
Ganguly spoke out of not getting the best players to work with him at BCCI due to Conflict of Interest issues.
“I can’t change that. We have to request the Supreme Court to do that. It’s being done, a status report has been filed and they said it needs to be relooked. The conflict has to be sensible. We need to keep that simple and I will take that forward. I don’t want to lose big players.” – he told.
Speaking on the relationship with Kohli, Ganguly said it has to be always smooth for the betterment of the game.
“It has to be a very good one. People don’t see what happens inside,” – he pointed.
“Since the time I finished as a cricketer, I wore too many fashionable stuff. I am happy I could get the opportunity to wear that blazer on the big stage since leaving the game. That crest on the left side will always be special,” – he smiled.