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PM in Kolkata to watch historic day-night Test match

  • Published at 10:33 am November 22nd, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and India’s West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurate the Test cricket match between Bangladesh and India by ringing a ceremonial bell, at Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on Friday. AFP

Bangladesh is set to take on hosts India on November 22-26

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached Kolkata to watch the second Test match of a two-match Test series between Bangladesh and India that will begin at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:15am on Friday, reports UNB.

The flight landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at 10:25am (IST).

After the ceremonial programs at the airport, the premier will go to Hotel Taj Bengal Kolkata where she will be staying during her short Kolkata visit.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina to attend the historic day-night Test match which will be played a pink ball.

Earlier, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly invited Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to watch the second Test match to be held on November 22-26.

Sheikh Hasina will go to the Eden Gardens Stadium around 12:30pm (local time) where she, along with Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, will ring the ceremonial bell for the opening of the Test match between Bangladesh and India.

After watching the first session of the second Test match, the prime minister will return to her place of residence.

In the evening, she will again go to the stadium. After the first day's match, she will attend a small cultural program to be followed by a felicitation program arranged by the Cricket Association of Bengal at the ground of Eden Gardens Stadium, and deliver her speech.

Later, she will go to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. The prime minister will depart from Kolkata by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight at 10pm (IST), and will land at Shahjalal International Airport at 11:30pm.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, while briefing reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not join Sheikh Hasina in Kolkata due to a prior engagement.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be treated as a State guest.