Eden loses seats over sightscreen issue

Published: Dec 07, 2012, 10:03 IST | Sanjib Guha

Eden Gardens lost another 584 seats because of an adjustment in the sightscreen following match referee Jeff Crowe's instructions.

Earlier, 889 seats had been reduced to install a larger sightscreen, which means the hallowed ground has now lost a total of 1473 seats in all.


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The problem started when Sachin Tendulkar objected to the height of the sightscreen during the Test match against West Indies last year. “Since there was a problem last time, we asked Sachin to assess the height and width this time and he (Sachin) suggested a further increase in the width.

We discussed the issue with the match referee and he also felt the same, so we didn’t take any chances and made arrangements immediately,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official said.

No internet in CAB media box
According to International Cricket Council’s regulations, all stadiums must have wi-fi internet connectivity. However, the internet system at the iconic Eden Gardens was not functional for a major part of the day making life for Indian and visiting journalists extremely difficult.

On Day One on Wednesday, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials assured everything would be fine by Thursday, but their assurances proved futile.

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