The second test match between India and Lanka, which will be held at Chinnaswamy Stadium under floodlights from March 12, will have maximum spectators inside the stadium, KSCA Secretary Santosh Menon believes. This will be India’s second pink ball test at home, having played one against Bangladesh in 2019.
Menon, in conversation with Times of India, said: “As an association, we are delighted to be hosting a pink ball day/night test match. We want to make it a memorable experience for players and fans alike. We will approach the state government to discuss mob capacity. Hopefully Covid-19 cases will recede and normality will return. Then we can have a maximum of spectators at the M Chinnaswamy stadium”.
Bengaluru is set to host the third D/N test match in India. The very first was played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata between India and Bangladesh in 2019. Then the second game was against England at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad last year in February.
Regarding the preparations, Menon said: “Having recently installed the high mast single pole floodlight towers, we are well prepared. The new lighting system provides much higher lumens suitable for HD broadcasting and also provides more even illumination across the playing area, making the match a good experience for players and spectators. We have already tested the lights in KSCA league games and they work well”.
Menon also revealed that KNCA will be promoting social causes during the match, “We view this match as an opportunity to give back to society and would like to have CSR activities during the match for public school students, jawans and children from orphanages”.
India will first play a three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka, starting February 24 in Lucknow. Then, they will start the two-game Test series starting March 4 at Mohali. The first test is planned for Virat Kohli100th test match.
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