Sourav Ganguly, who is poised to take over as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has invited Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi to watch the second Test match between the two countries to be held at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata from November 22 to 26.
A senior official of the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi said Ganguly, as the current President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), has sent the separate invites to Hasina and Modi directly to their offices. “Now a decision would be taken by the two PMs keeping in mind their other engagements,” he added.
Bangladesh will play three T20 international matches and two Tests in India. The Cricket Association of Bengal will be hosting the second Test. It is for the first time that the Eden Gardens will host a Test between the two countries.
The last time a cricket match in India saw a high-profile presence was the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup in Mohali in Punjab when India had played Pakistan and it was watched by then India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani among other delegates from both the countries.