‘Ahmedabad is completely sold out’- Sourav Ganguly throws light on excitement around the 3rd Test


The ongoing series between India and Australia has certainly reached at an interesting stage where both teams have won one game each with the third match of the series scheduled in Ahmedabad at new stadium on 24th Feb 2021.

As Ganguly who has been credited a lot for raising voice for conducting pink ball test in India and the moment he became president of BCCI he decided to bring the experience to the Indian fans with the first pink-ball Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata in 2019.

During a recent interaction, Ganguly revealed that all the tickets for the upcoming test encounter between India and England has been sold out and added that the first pink ball test India played against Bangladesh in Kolkata pan out perfectly and the host will be looking to replicate the same performance against the visitors in Ahmedabad.

Also the match becomes even more interesting apart from parameters that both teams need to meet to qualify as other finalist for the inaugural edition of World Test Championship on June 18th 2021 at Lords against New Zealand.

The other reason is that the after 2014 it will be the first International match that will be played in Ahmedabad as the Old Motera stadium has been demolished  and a new world-class stadium was built in its place. The new Sardar Patel stadium is now the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 1,10,000 people.

“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. I speak to Jay Shah and he’s very keen on these Test matches. Just for him also cricket is coming back to Ahmedabad after six-seven years because they built the new stadium, and I have told him we have set an example with the pink-ball Test last year in Kolkata, so it cannot go beyond that and we want to see every seat and stand full. And that’s what it is, the tickets have gone, as well as for the T20s which will follow the Tests,” Ganguly told Star Sports.

And Ganguly further concluded by stating that one Pink ball test in every home series is possible as he thinks that it will make the longest format of the game interesting and will keep the game alive.

“Absolutely. One pink-ball Test in a series is ideal. Every generation goes through changes, the pink ball is one of the main changes for Test match cricket, and to keep Test match cricket alive. I think with the packed stadium in Ahmedabad next week, it will be another great sight for everyone,” Ganguly added