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PM becomes part of cricket history
Returns home from Kolkata
BSS, Kolkata, Dhaka

PM becomes part of cricket history

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ring the opening bell for the first day of the pink ball Test match of the two-match series between India and Bangladesh at The Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata yesterday. Focus Bangla Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina once again becomes part of the history of Bangladesh cricket as she witnesses the Tigers’ maiden day-night Test match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata of West Bengal, India. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday night from Kolkata after wrapping up her daylong official visit to India.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 12:00 midnight. The prime minister, who arrived in the West Bengal capital yesterday morning, witnessed the first day match of the maiden day-night Test between Bangladesh and India.

The historic pink-ball Test between Bangladesh and India kicked off at 1pm at jam-packed Eden Gardens in Kolkata, popularly known as ‘City of Joy’.

In November 2000, the Bangladesh national team played its inaugural Test match against India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the historic Test match of Bangladesh in 2000 in the presence of a huge number of local spectators.

Sourav Ganguly, the current President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), led the Indian side at that match.

Yesterday in Kolkata, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee jointly rang the bell at the Eden Gardens to mark the beginning of the historic pink-ball Test.

They rang the bell at 12:55pm (local time) to inaugurate the land mark Test match. Before that, Sheikh Hasina handed over coin and pink coloured balls to the captains and umpires concerned.

Earlier on her arrival at Eden Gardens at around 12:30 pm local time, the prime minister was received by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. After entering the stadium, the Bangladesh prime minister and the West Bengal chief minister sat together under an umbrella for awhile.

Later, the prime minister, accompanied by Mamata Banerjee, went to the field and they were introduced to the players

of both teams.

The spectators greeted Sheikh Hasina by clapping when she entered the ground. The prime minister responded by waving.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli first introduced his teammates to Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque later introduced his teammates to the premier.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, BCB President Nazrul Hasan Papon and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly were present on the occasion.

The premier arrived at Kolkata around 10:25am today at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to watch the historic day-night Test match.