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PM Hasina to ring Eden Test bell

Sourav to invite members of Bangladesh’s first-ever Test squad
PTI, Kolkata

Sourav Ganguly has decided to felicitate the members of the Bangladesh squad that played their country's first-ever Test match against India in 2000, a game where the BCCI president-elect made his debut as Test captain.

The match that was held at Dhaka's Bangabandhu Stadium in November 2000, was start of a new era in Indian cricket with Ganguly taking charge of the Test team, having already led the team in the ODIs.

India won that match by nine wickets against Naimur Rahman Durjoy's team.

The team had prominent players like future Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar, left-arm spinner Mohammed Rafique, pacer Hasibul Hossain Shanto, Akram Khan, Aminul Islam Bulbul.

The felicitation will happen during India's World Test Championship match against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26.

“We will invite all the players of that first Test match that Bangladesh played, it was against India. I will write to the Bangladesh Cricket Board and personally as BCCI president to the players of that Indian team.

We will do a small felicitation ceremony at the end of the first day's play," Ganguly told reporters at the Eden Gardens.

He also informed that Bangladesh PM Hasina will be in attendance on the first day of the match and ring the Eden Gardens' giant bell to signal the start.

“The Bangladesh PM will be arriving on November 22. If all goes well, she will ring the bell (to signal the start) of the Test,” Ganguly said.

The BCCI president-elect also said that he will personally invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to watch the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly has stressed that he's confident of Bangladesh's tour of India going ahead as per schedule despite the uncertainties borne out of an ongoing strike.

Bangladesh's top cricketers went on strike and released a list of 11 demands to be fulfilled by the Bangladesh Cricket Board before they would step back on to the field. The side is scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests in India from November 3.

“It's an internal matter, they will sort it out. No, no, they'll come,” Ganguly said on Tuesday (October 22). "We he and the BCB president Nazmul Hassan speak every other day, but this the strike is not my job.”

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