In 'cricket diplomacy', Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, CM Mamta Banerjee to meet on sidelines of 'pink ball' Test in Kolkata

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 22, 2019, 09.21 AM(IST)

File photo of West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee and Bangaldesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Photograph:( Others )

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended an invitation to Hasina last month to attend the historic day-night test match, which will be played with a pink ball.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be in India on Friday to watch the first day of the day/night Test between India and Bangladesh that will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

On the sidelines of 'pink-ball' Test match, the Bangladesh premier will also hold one-to-one "courtesy meeting" with state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. However, the focus of the discussion has not be disclosed yet.

"Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be coming to the city to watch the day and night India-Bangladesh cricket Test match. Apart from being present at the grounds during the inauguration and felicitation programme, we (Hasina and herself) will also have a one-on-one courtesy meeting at 6pm," Banerjee told reporters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended an invitation to PM Hasina last month to attend the historic day/night Test match, which will be played with a pink ball.

On Friday, a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Bangladesh Prime Minister and her entourage will depart from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka at 10 am (local time). The plane will land at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at 10:25 am.

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

Later, the premier along with the Banerjee will go to the Eden Gardens Stadium and ring the ceremonial bell at about 12:30 pm.

After watching the first session of the second Test match, Hasina will return to the hotel.

After the end of the first day's play, the premier will attend a small cultural program followed by a felicitation program arranged by the Cricket Association of Bengal(CAB) at Eden Gardens Stadium.

Hasina will then leave for Dhaka at 10 pm.

(With inputs from agencies)