Former Indian captain Kapil Dev will do the honours of ringing the newly installed bell at the Eden Gardens before the start of second Test match between Indian and New Zealand in Kolkata on September 30.
Cricket Association of Bengal’s joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya confirmed Kapil’s name on Monday. He said, “This was (president) Sourav Ganguly’s idea and Kapil has agreed to ring the bell on the morning of the Test.”
Sourav Ganguly had initiated the idea of installing a bell at Eden Gardens like the one at Lord’s in England. Lord’s cricket ground has installed the bell in the year 2007 and before the start of every Test match, an international cricketer, administrator or a well-known enthusiast of the sport rings the bell for the game to begin.
The Kolkata Test will also be India’s 250th Test at home and BCCI has planned to felicitate the players of both the teams with silver coins on the occasion. Even CAB has planned to use golden coil in the toss on the occasion.
“The Board president will arrive on 1 October and the next day, on day three of the match we will have the felicitation to mark the 250th landmark Test,” concluded Dalmiya.