ODI World Cup 2023: “ICC, BCCI satisfied with work being done at Eden Gardens ahead of World Cup” – CAB president Snehasish Ganguly

ODI World Cup 2023: "ICC, BCCI satisfied with work being done at Eden Gardens ahead of World Cup" - CAB president Snehasish Ganguly
ODI World Cup 2023: "ICC, BCCI satisfied with work being done at Eden Gardens ahead of World Cup" - CAB president Snehasish Ganguly

ODI World Cup 2023: “ICC, BCCI satisfied with work being done at Eden Gardens ahead of World Cup” – CAB president Snehasish Ganguly

ODI World Cup 2023: Snehasish Ganguly, the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), confirmed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) representatives have expressed their satisfaction with the ongoing efforts to prepare the historic Eden Gardens for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023.

In anticipation of the ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled from October 5 to November 19 this year, delegates from the ICC and BCCI visited Kolkata to conduct an inspection of the iconic Eden Gardens stadium, which is set to host several prestigious matches during the tournament.

Eden Gardens will witness significant encounters during the World Cup. On October 28, a match between Netherlands and Bangladesh will be held at the stadium, followed by another fixture between Bangladesh and Pakistan on October 31. On November 5, cricket fans will witness a match between Team India and South Africa at this iconic venue. Later, on November 12, a match between England and Pakistan will take place at Eden Gardens. Lastly, the stadium will host the second semifinal of the tournament on November 16, making it a focal point of the Cricket World Cup.

“20-21 people had come. They were all really cooperative. We had a presentation ready beforehand about what we have done so far and what we will do later. It made it easy for them to understand us. They took the tour of entire stadium, the ground, hospitality area, broadcasting and commentary area, press box and the media centre. Also they are very satisfied with the stadium. They have some demands that they asked to us accommodate, since it is a big event. We are trying to fulfil these demands,” Snehasish told ANI.

The CAB president remarked that Eden Gardens has its own aura.

“Eden Gardens has its own aura. The whole world knows it. Once you enter it, you really feel that you are entering the Eden Gardens. But things have changed a lot, there are new demands. We could not make a new structure, but we can surely upgrade this beautiful structure as much as possible. We have started working on it last two months. They (ICC, BCCI representatives) had come in January as well and made some recommendations. We are working according to those recommendations only. We focused mainly on hospitality, washrooms, broadcasting and commentary areas,” he said.

“The ground at the Eden Gardens is one of the best. By the first week of September, all work will be done. The representatives from ICC and BCCI will make another visit at that point and I am sure that by then, they will be satisfied with the work,” he added.

Snehasish said that during the last ODI hosted at the venue, the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in January, the laser show held at the venue liked a lot by the fans.

“We will try and take permission for something like this again,” he added.

The CAB president said that work started for the dressing rooms as well.

“We will upgrade the scoreboard. We have also started working on the dressing rooms. Recliners will be changed. New washrooms and massage area, the latter being very important in modern-day cricket, will also made,” he said.

Snehasish recalled watching the 1996 World Cup semifinal between India and Sri Lanka, which India had lost. Now after 27 years, Eden Gardens is hosting another WC semifinal.

“We are all excited about this. I am loving this challenge as a president and I feel truly honoured,” he said.

With regards to security, especially during the festive days of Kali Puja and Durga Puja, Snehasish said that he is confident about security.

“We have faith in our security. The way Kolkata Police handles a 65,000-strong crowd inside the stadium is amazing. The crowd comes and goes from the stadium safely. People from all over the world, including India come here to watch the matches. I am very confident about security,” said the CAB president.

Talking about the rates of tickets, he said, “The rate of tickets decided in Apex Council. We have decided and sent it to BCCI. But we have not received any response yet. But we are anticipating that a response will come shortly.”

When asked about any confirmation regarding the re-scheduling of the England vs Pakistan World Cup match scheduled for Eden Gardens, CAB president said, “I have not received any official intimation, I will not be able to make any comments unless I get one.”

Notably, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on July 27 that the schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will see some changes.

“There is a small gap in some matches. There is a two-day gap between the two matches. After the match is over, players will travel the next day and they will get no time for practice. Minor changes happen in the World Cup schedule, especially in India, when you look back at history,” Jay Shah said while addressing a press conference.

“We are trying that there are fewer changes in matches and venues, especially the venues. Also, two to three nations have requested changes in schedule. ICC and BCCI logistics teams are working on this and everything will be clear in two to four days. We could see some changes,” he said.

As per the original schedule released in June, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will kick off with an opening match between defending champions England and runner-up New Zealand on October 5. The venue for this prestigious match will be the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This World Cup will be the biggest ever, featuring ten teams competing at ten different venues from October 5 to November 19, with both the tournament opener and the final taking place at the Narendra Modi Stadium. A total of 48 matches will played across 46 days during this cricketing extravaganza.

India’s campaign in the World Cup will begin on October 8 in Chennai, where they will face Australia. Apart from Ahmedabad and Chennai, the other hosting cities are Bengaluru, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune. Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram will join Hyderabad in hosting the practice games.

One of the most anticipated clashes in the tournament will be between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, scheduled to take place on October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Eight teams qualified for the 46-day event through the Cricket World Cup Super League. While the final two spots determined through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier held in Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka and the Netherlands secured the last two positions in the tournament.

The format of the tournament remains the same as the previous edition, featuring a round-robin stage with all teams playing against each other, resulting in a total of 45 league matches. There will be six day matches starting at 10:30 Indian Standard Time (IST). While all other matches, including the knockouts, will be day-night fixtures commencing at 14:00 IST.

The top four teams from the league stage will qualify for the semifinals, which scheduled to held in Mumbai on November 15 and in Kolkata on November 16. The final match will be on November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, and reserve days will be available for both the semifinals and the final to account for any potential disruptions due to weather conditions.

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