Coronavirus: ICC to hold board meeting via conference call13 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Full meetings rescheduled to early May due to coronavirus.
India's maiden pink-ball match lasted a little over two days. It became the shortest Test match ever played in India. But the buzz surrounding the event proved that proper marketing is essential for the future of test cricket, said, captain Virat Kohli. World cricket has often been accused of neglecting the longest format of the game, which has been losing fans to limited-over cricket around the world. But no one can ignore the commitment of BCCI for the first day-night Test against Bangladesh. In the build-up to the match, prominent city landmarks were illuminated in pink, ticket prices were slashed, dignitaries were invited to attend, and players spoke excitedly about the challenges of playing with the pink ball under lights. More than 42,000 fans turned up on each of the first two days, many of them drawn by the pink-ball novelty, and Kohli said this was how test cricket should be promoted. "I think it is very, very crucial to market test cricket like we do for T20 or one-day cricket," he said after his team's victory. Former captain Sourav Ganguly's rise to BCCI president has been the catalyst behind India's decision to embrace day-night matches and Kohli was convinced test cricket would be a priority for India.
Kolkata Police arrested 10 persons during a drive against black marketing of tickets around the Eden Gardens on Day 3 of the first day-night Test in between India and Bangladesh, a senior officer said. The arrests were made by the anti-rowdy section of the city police’s Detective Department, which also seized 104 tickets. “This afternoon, an anti-rowdy team of the Detective Department conducted a drive against black marketing of tickets for the Test match between India and Bangladesh. During the drive, 10 persons were arrested for ticket blacking and 104 tickets were seized from their possession,” said city police Joint Commissioner (crime) Murlidhar Sharma. The accused were later taken to the Maidan police station for prosecution, Sharma added. In all, Kolkata Police have arrested 31 persons and seized 216 tickets for the match during separate drives since Wednesday. The accused were later taken to the Maidan police station for prosecution, Sharma added.
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