PM Modi will be invited to watch the second Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata.  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the 2nd Test between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens
- PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee will also be invited for the match
- The second Test will get underway from November 22
Bangladesh had played their first Test against India and the former skipper further revealed that he will invite players from both those teams for the game and felicitation will be done at the end of play on the opening day of the Test. Former Indian captain and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president-elect Sourav Ganguly on Monday said that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accepted the invitation to watch the second Test between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens starting from November 22. Ganguly also confirmed that invitations will be sent out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to watch the game.
However, the team’s tour of India looks uncertain at the moment with several Bangladeshi players protesting against the country’s board. Bangladesh players, including a host of senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal, have threatened to boycott all cricketing activities if their demands are not met.
However, Ganguly is confident that Bangladesh will travel to India for the series which is scheduled to start from November 3. India and Bangladesh will play three T20Is and two Tests in the series. Bangladesh PM Hasina has been invited to be the part of the proceedings on Day 1 of the second Test between the two sides in Kolkata.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has confirmed she will come. We will now send the invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It will be for the first day of the second Test,” Ganguly, who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
Ganguly further revealed that all Bangladeshi players who were a part of their first-ever Test match against India in 2000, will be invited for the second Test at Eden Gardens. He added that all the players will be felicitated after the end of the first day’s play at the iconic stadium.
“We will write to the Bangladesh board now to also invite the Bangladesh players of their first Test match who played against India. I will write as BCCI president after I get elected to the players of that team (Indian as well). We will do a felicitation at the end of the first day’s play,” he said.