Controversies in Kolkata January 28, 2011

Riot police, fires and a sobbing Vinod Kambli

ESPNcricinfo recaps all the occasions when there has been trouble at Eden Gardens
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In a major embarrassment to the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bengal, the ICC decided that Kolkata's Eden Gardens would not be ready in time to host the marquee World Cup clash between India and England on February 27. This is not the first time that the iconic ground has been in the eye of a storm either. ESPNcricinfo takes a look at all the instances of trouble in paradise:

India v West Indies, 2nd Test, 1966-67
Trouble at Eden Gardens started outside the ground after local authorities had sold more tickets than there were seats. Angry ticket-holders who were denied access stormed the fences and set fire to stands and the pavilion roof. As innocent spectators were forced onto the outfield, police lathi-charged them and fired tear gas. The crowd counter-attacked and when the outnumbered police force fled, the mob carried broken benches to the middle and started a bonfire as well as gouged holes in the pitch. Against this backdrop, Conrad Hunte was reported to have climbed the flagpole to save the West Indies flag, before fleeing on foot. The second day's play was written off.

India v Australia, 4th Test, 1969-70
The 1969-70 Australia series was played against a backdrop of widespread violence. On the fourth (and final) day in Calcutta, tragedy struck when around 25,000 people who had been queuing all night tried to rush the ticket counters before they opened. Riot police fired tear gas and were met in turn with a hail of bottles and stones. Six died and another 30 were injured. Although play started on time, there was further trouble when spectators in a stand pelted stones at those in a lower tier, forcing them onto the pitch. The police eventually persuaded them to stay on the boundary edge so the match could be concluded. After Keith Stackpole hit the winning runs, the Australian batsmen flanked the Nawab of Pataudi as he left the field to protect him from missiles.

India v England, 3rd Test, 1984-85
Public sentiment was already against India captain Sunil Gavaskar after he reportedly backed the decision to drop Kapil Dev for the Calcutta Test. To make matters worse, India took 200 overs to make 437 for 7, with Mohammad Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri adding 214 for the fifth wicket at under 2 runs an over. A section of the crowd hooted and booed, shouting "Gavaskar down, Gavaskar out" when he appeared outside the dressing-room while Manoj Prabhakar and Chetan Sharma were batting, and he was pelted with fruit when he led India out to field. Play was held up for eight minutes while ground staff cleared the outfield. Gavaskar, who decided to continue India's innings from 417 for 7 at lunch time on the fourth day, later denied that police had warned him there was a threat to law and order should he delay the declaration any longer. Gavaskar was believed to have vowed never to play at Eden Gardens again.

India v Sri Lanka, World Cup semi-final, 1995-96
Chasing 252, India slumped to 120 for 8 after a dramatic collapse during which seven wickets fell for 22. That proved too much for the capacity crowd, who began hurling bottles on the field and setting fires in the stands. Match referee Clive Lloyd took the teams off the field for 15 minutes to try and let the crowd cool down, but an attempt to restart the match proved futile and Lloyd awarded the game to Sri Lanka by default. To this day, the picture of Vinod Kambli crying as he walked back to the dressing room remains one of the iconic images of that tournament. India's captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, bore the brunt of the wrath for his decision to field first, and his house had to be placed under armed guard.

India v Pakistan, Asian Test Championship, first Test, 1999
The first three days of the Test passed without incident. On the fourth afternoon, chasing 279, India were well placed on 143 for 2. Sachin Tendulkar was on 7 when he clipped Wasim Akram to deep midwicket. He took two runs and was on his way back for a third when substitute Nadeem Khan hit the stumps with his throw from the deep. In the ordinary course of events it would have been a straightforward third run, even with the direct hit, but Tendulkar collided with Shoaib Akhtar, who was waiting close to the stumps to gather the return, and as a result was out of his ground, even though he may well have been just inside the crease at the moment of the collision. Steve Bucknor referred it to the third umpire, KT Francis, who, after a long delay, gave him out. The huge crowd erupted and started chanting "cheat, cheat", pelting Shoaib with bottles and other objects as he returned to his position in the deep.

Eventually the umpires took the players from the field for an early tea and it was only after personal pleas from Tendulkar and ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya that the match was able to resume. However, trouble broke out again on the final day when India were reduced to 231 for 9. Wisden reported: "Spectators started burning newspapers in the stands and hurled stones, fruit and plastic bottles on to the field. The match was held up for over three hours as about 65,000 people were removed by police and security men. The crowd's anger was still concentrated on Tendulkar's run-out, but there was little viciousness in the riot; it was born of disappointment rather than anti-Pakistan feeling.." It only took Pakistan 10 balls to complete their 46-run win, but they did so in a surreal atmosphere of only 200 spectators in a ground that could hold 90,000.

Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers, IPL, 4th match, 2008
Despite a low-scoring thriller in which Kolkata Knight Riders overcame Deccan Chargers, the pitch at Eden Gardens came in for much criticism during the inaugural season of the IPL. It displayed uneven bounce, and looked more like a fifth-day pitch. VVS Laxman, who was struck on his gloves by a delivery from Ishant Sharma, said it was "shocking". The floodlights also failed during the final stages of that match. Kolkata needed 22 from 20 with five wickets in hand when one of the light towers went off, holding up the game for 30 minutes. The two teams - Kolkata and Hyderabad - were tied on Duckworth-Lewis calculations at that point. The lights did come back on later, allowing the home side to clinch a thrilling win.

India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, 2009
Once again it was a floodlight glitch that halted play. Sri Lanka were 307 for 6 in 49.2 overs, when the floodlight tower at the High Court end went off, halting play for 26 minutes. Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, said a technical snag had caused the lights to malfunction. Among the other theories was that there had been a "voltage fluctuation". However, a spokesman of the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) said that it was not their fault and that "bulbs in the tower developed a snag and it is a maintenance problem."

India v England, World Cup, 2011
The ICC ruled out Eden Gardens as the host of the game between India and England on February 27. The ICC's inspection team felt the venue would not be ready in time. "Regrettably, Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready in good time," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive said. No international matches had been held in Kolkata since the Test between India and South Africa in February last year as the stadium was being renovated.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 31, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    I dont know when we will be able to throw this chalta hai attitude from our minds. I think Eden authorities got over confident that this could not happen their ground. We need to change.... Cant see a India match in Eden this world cup... I feel ashamed and shamed... Hope eden will be able to fight back from this and we may is a WC final in EDen 16 years down the line.

  • kkrish555 on January 30, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Kiwirocker: If you have seen that replay in 1999 match you will observe that Sachin's bat was lifted in air by Shoaib when he collided him and grounded it. That was the reason for dispute then.Sachin was already well in the crease.

  • on January 30, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Wonder what Kolkatans have done to deserve so much heartbreak. All that they do is that they love their sport and it is this passion which is required to keep this sport alive. Fan violence is common in soccer, and it reflects the passion for the sport. Since you mention "controversies" and not necessary "violence", you missed the event where a capacity crowd supported South Africa and booed Dravid in protest of Sourav Ganguly's exclusion from the side. I dont think Kolkatans take things lying down and certainly not an insult to their favourite son. In future, a Sourav-less KKR is a sure recipe for yet another reaction from the Eden crowd

  • 29ankit on January 30, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I wonder why my countrymen behave so non sportingly. We should respect the spirit of the game. Yes i know that every citizen wants his/her country to win but that doesn't mean that when it is not happening we start behaving immaturely. Passion for country and game is good but side by side its spirit and respect should not be disgraced. We forget that whatever we do is watched all over the world and such unacceptable deeds makes our MOTHER (country) look down in shame. So, please people avoid doing that. Thank you to one and all.

  • on January 29, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    y r the indians so impatient? any match, before they loose, they do something. people talking about vinod kamble crying in WC 96 SL vs IND. that match was sri lanka's once...its simpossible to chace the 250 with 2 wickets in hand.

  • alphatruth on January 29, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Agree with KiwiRocker. I remember Chennai crowd gave standing ovation when Saeed Anwar got 194. We all biased with our view based on the country we belong. But appreciating the game and its twist and turn is something we forgot to do in these days. Any one who play good cricket and giving great entertainment, deserves appreciation. Especially Crowd should value that. Then its double joy !!

  • on January 29, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    I an shore money was not the problem why the stadium is not finish,its a shame to kolkota people why eden gardens with that much history did not make the deadline I personally love watching cricket on t.v when it is played at eden gardens i just love to see that huge crown suporting cricket.

  • MasterClass on January 29, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Eden represents the raw passion in sport and woe be to those who do not appreciate this fact. A crumbling (or unfinished) stadium with a 100,000 passionate fans is far far better than a pristine stadium devoid of any people or polite clapping old folksl as in many other places. BCCI should make sure the ground and player accommodations are completed and top class and the WC match should be hosted there! The fans will take care of the rest!

  • MasterClass on January 29, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I would point out that most of the public's anger at Eden in the past was directed towards INDIAN team or administration. Not against the visitors! It's unfortunate that visitors have been made to watch the distasteful spectacle, but I bet any cricketer worth his salt would DREAM of playing at Eden at least once in his life! The Bengalis don't mind losing and in fact are quite appreciative of all visitors, but they can't stand a spineless Indian performance or pathetic administration. And why should they or anyone else for that matter? For all it's flaws Eden should HOST a WC match. As previous ppl have noted the ugly events in the article should be offset by alll the wonderful matches at the EDEN! Why were those not mentioned?

  • diptanshu on January 29, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    @Akhila, What has Eden Gardens/Kolkata got to do with Azhar's house facing crowd trouble in HYDERABAD (which you conveniently forgot to mention)? To the uninformed, it might seem from reading your article as if the Kolkata crowd created trouble outside Azhar's house.

    And I believe, Sachin's dismissal in 1999 was unfair and it would have drawn a similar reaction in any Indian stadium where crowds are equally passionate about Sachin. So there is no need to single out Eden for that!

    Floodlight glitches have happened in other stadiums across the world (including the ones in Australia) in the recent past. So, I don't see the point in mentioning the glitches in this article.

    Stop being biased and portraying Eden in negative light! This is the same ground which people remember for Laxman's 281 or Kumble's 6/12. BTW, Chinnaswamy and Chidambaram stadiums will never be able to replace Eden as the best. If in doubt, please ask your colleague and former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar!

  • on January 31, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    I dont know when we will be able to throw this chalta hai attitude from our minds. I think Eden authorities got over confident that this could not happen their ground. We need to change.... Cant see a India match in Eden this world cup... I feel ashamed and shamed... Hope eden will be able to fight back from this and we may is a WC final in EDen 16 years down the line.

  • kkrish555 on January 30, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Kiwirocker: If you have seen that replay in 1999 match you will observe that Sachin's bat was lifted in air by Shoaib when he collided him and grounded it. That was the reason for dispute then.Sachin was already well in the crease.

  • on January 30, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Wonder what Kolkatans have done to deserve so much heartbreak. All that they do is that they love their sport and it is this passion which is required to keep this sport alive. Fan violence is common in soccer, and it reflects the passion for the sport. Since you mention "controversies" and not necessary "violence", you missed the event where a capacity crowd supported South Africa and booed Dravid in protest of Sourav Ganguly's exclusion from the side. I dont think Kolkatans take things lying down and certainly not an insult to their favourite son. In future, a Sourav-less KKR is a sure recipe for yet another reaction from the Eden crowd

  • 29ankit on January 30, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I wonder why my countrymen behave so non sportingly. We should respect the spirit of the game. Yes i know that every citizen wants his/her country to win but that doesn't mean that when it is not happening we start behaving immaturely. Passion for country and game is good but side by side its spirit and respect should not be disgraced. We forget that whatever we do is watched all over the world and such unacceptable deeds makes our MOTHER (country) look down in shame. So, please people avoid doing that. Thank you to one and all.

  • on January 29, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    y r the indians so impatient? any match, before they loose, they do something. people talking about vinod kamble crying in WC 96 SL vs IND. that match was sri lanka's once...its simpossible to chace the 250 with 2 wickets in hand.

  • alphatruth on January 29, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Agree with KiwiRocker. I remember Chennai crowd gave standing ovation when Saeed Anwar got 194. We all biased with our view based on the country we belong. But appreciating the game and its twist and turn is something we forgot to do in these days. Any one who play good cricket and giving great entertainment, deserves appreciation. Especially Crowd should value that. Then its double joy !!

  • on January 29, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    I an shore money was not the problem why the stadium is not finish,its a shame to kolkota people why eden gardens with that much history did not make the deadline I personally love watching cricket on t.v when it is played at eden gardens i just love to see that huge crown suporting cricket.

  • MasterClass on January 29, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Eden represents the raw passion in sport and woe be to those who do not appreciate this fact. A crumbling (or unfinished) stadium with a 100,000 passionate fans is far far better than a pristine stadium devoid of any people or polite clapping old folksl as in many other places. BCCI should make sure the ground and player accommodations are completed and top class and the WC match should be hosted there! The fans will take care of the rest!

  • MasterClass on January 29, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I would point out that most of the public's anger at Eden in the past was directed towards INDIAN team or administration. Not against the visitors! It's unfortunate that visitors have been made to watch the distasteful spectacle, but I bet any cricketer worth his salt would DREAM of playing at Eden at least once in his life! The Bengalis don't mind losing and in fact are quite appreciative of all visitors, but they can't stand a spineless Indian performance or pathetic administration. And why should they or anyone else for that matter? For all it's flaws Eden should HOST a WC match. As previous ppl have noted the ugly events in the article should be offset by alll the wonderful matches at the EDEN! Why were those not mentioned?

  • diptanshu on January 29, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    @Akhila, What has Eden Gardens/Kolkata got to do with Azhar's house facing crowd trouble in HYDERABAD (which you conveniently forgot to mention)? To the uninformed, it might seem from reading your article as if the Kolkata crowd created trouble outside Azhar's house.

    And I believe, Sachin's dismissal in 1999 was unfair and it would have drawn a similar reaction in any Indian stadium where crowds are equally passionate about Sachin. So there is no need to single out Eden for that!

    Floodlight glitches have happened in other stadiums across the world (including the ones in Australia) in the recent past. So, I don't see the point in mentioning the glitches in this article.

    Stop being biased and portraying Eden in negative light! This is the same ground which people remember for Laxman's 281 or Kumble's 6/12. BTW, Chinnaswamy and Chidambaram stadiums will never be able to replace Eden as the best. If in doubt, please ask your colleague and former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar!

  • on January 29, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    surely it shud go to either to chennai or bangalore..

  • on January 29, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    they could have given the chance to the newer venues in the country

  • KiwiRocker- on January 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    I completely agree that Chennai should get some matches. I recall how sporting Chennai crowd was when Pakistan hammered India in 1999...The scenes at Eden Garden in 1999 Test match between India and Pakistan was shameful. Shoib Akhtar had a right to gather ball and batsman Tendulkar had to go around him..Such a farce was created out of something simple...Tendulkar was out fair and square. Similarly, in 1996 world cup India was hammered by Sri Lanka and it was terrible to see Sri Lankan cricketers being pelted with bottles. Arvinda played one of best ODI innings...I am finding this whole affair of stadiums distasteful...I wonder if it is too late for ICC to move the whole thing to Sri Lanka? Really Sri Lanka does has always done wonderful job on/off the field..!I hope for sake of India, it does not turn out like Nehru Cup in 1989 or World cup in 1996 when others had party in India's backyard..although looking at mediocre Indian team, it appears as a strong possibility...

  • h4hamid on January 29, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    People should enjoy the game and should be able to control emotions ...

    None completion of stadium is simply not acceptable high level inquiry should be conducted as millions been put in then why they are not able to meet the dead line if other stadiums can than why not Eden Gardens ...

  • on January 29, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    While I understand the journalistic need to remind us of the volatilities of the past in Eden Gardens, I would like to suggest a need to balance it with all the wonderful matches in Eden, since only a negative side of things that has happened in the Eden would only be rubbing salt into the wounds, I implore the Editor and all others to please consider writing an article on all the good moments at Eden too, because it is the combination of the good and the bad that constitutes the passion of a game in Eden, not all grounds are Chepauk and not all grounds can be Eden, I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way for any true cricket fan knows what it is to play a match in the Eden Gardens. So hopefully Cricinfo can also write an article on all the other good occasions at Eden, atleast it would be a soothing balm for the wounds albeit a tad too late.

  • on January 29, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I too agree that chennai should have been given matches. The people of chennai admire the good cricket and they appreciate the true sportsmen spirit. No matter the good cricket comes from india cricketers or others.

  • Rajiv007 on January 29, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    No DADA... No IPL... No WC...

    Kolkata peoples shouldn't deserve a match even for IPL... God knows what their reaction might be...

    This is shamefull... I hate being a part of the city.

  • SanjivAwesome on January 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Beautiful ground. Troubled history. Incomplete construction. Move it away to another centre as these guys in Calcutta don't know how to construct stadiums time standards. May be we should send some decent project managers to Calcutta first - don't they train them in project management there?

  • on January 29, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    its unlucky for india most of the though we cant deny some historic wins in past decade but they were in tests...so i m glad for dis decision .......

  • klobania on January 29, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    i think icc should reconsider its decision not about kolkata but about matches throughout india. fans there are fanatic n can ruin matches

  • on January 28, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    such consistency by eden gardens surely does not deserve any cricket soon!!

  • CricketingStargazer on January 28, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    What concerns me is the news that "the ball is in the ICC's court" and that "they have to take a decision". They have taken a decision. Presumably the phrase was misreported and was "the ICC has to take a decision that the BCCI finds acceptable". If a ground has has deadline extensions and is still not ready, you do not give it more. People take deadlines seriously when they are deadlines, not when they are continuously renegotiable. Eden Gardens is a great venue, but it has had its chance. Imagine the fuss if Lords, or The Oval or the MCG missed a deadline: I bet that they wouldn't get a chance to renegotiate it time and again.

  • sam842002 on January 28, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Such a history BAN Eden Gardens...!!

  • doctor.x on January 28, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Even I agree with the ICC's decision to take away first and only true ODI from kolkata ground..... u have to be commited to the cause if u are holding international event.....

    but now question is what about thousands of indian and international fans who bought airtickets and match tickets in advance..... what is their fault???

    to believe in eden garden and CAB...

    for fans' sake Kolkata should be given back this ODI.... but should be fined by ICC/ banned for some period after this match.....

  • avis1001 on January 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    When it is difficult to control 10,000 spectators - imagine controlling a whopping 100,000+ spectators - and that too when India is loosing - even given a chance or choice, I won't do policing at that time.

  • vinvin2210 on January 28, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Dont know why they are so carried away..Kambli crying at the end of the semi-final is one of the worst images for an Indian fan...

    Chennai should have been given matches... They atleast appreciate good cricket!!

  • ravithecricbuff on January 28, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Eden Gardens...No one can argue that it is the most beautiful place to play cricket!! When this ground is full of spectators, there is hardly any other sight more imposing in cricket world..I agree the violence is something to be corrected, but hey, Eden has its charm for lost of other reasons...the violence not withstanding, I hope and pray the Match comes back to The Eden!! Its the place any cricket lover would like to see a match on b4 he is dead!!

  • on January 28, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @vijujack I Anindo Sen as a citizen of KOLKATA completely agree with U but your last words are defective............ Ganguly is not an above average player............... He is the best player of his era after SACHIN................... He is the only INDIAN after SACHIN with a 40+ average in both TEST and ODI after playing 100+ Tests and 250+ ODI's.......................

  • heirofra on January 28, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    well i would like a emotional-volatile cricket crowd reacting to the fizzy senses which cricket gives us anyday more than a crowd with no one in it, like in mohali, which is getting a semi-final match, well i think its sad that bcci and cab hasnt done enough for this cricket ground which argueably the is the most emotional cricket ground in the world.

  • Deepkar on January 28, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    I hate this ground bcoz of history of voilance team india will be always under pressure on this ground if they chass 250 total which is alrady dificult underlights at edan bcoz croud there cant handal loss they cant understand that this is game and one team have to loos, there will be pressure of playing WC at home and india dont need to take more pressure by playing at Colcata.

  • on January 28, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Eden rocks, the best possible experience on the planet is to witness a game of cricket in Eden..!

  • on January 28, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    oh my brothers calm down ......... give them time i think they can be ready for first match if they work hard ( day and night) don't forget they have almost 1 month...... Ali pakistan fan

  • on January 28, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Eden Gardens has always been volatile. That's why it has provided some of the most talked about moments in Cricket history, good or bad. As a spectator or as a player, if you haven't seen Eden in its full glory, you haven't seen anything at all... That's a beauty of this ground. I love the Eden and it's ok if there is India match in the world cup... but Eden will continue to be the BEST GROUND in the world for those who have experienced Eden. Not because of the infrastructure, but because it's Eden!

  • on January 28, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Eden Gardens should not get another international match till the public starts to appreciate cricket and cricketers, may be this wont happen at all. So be it. I am sick of the Eden Gardens.

  • mogan707 on January 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    The real issue is out now.Security Issue! What happens if violence erupts again.The secondary issue is The preparedness of the stadium to withstand such a large capacity for a span of almost seven hours of play.Is CAB could prepare the stadium in time.History does not help its cause.And resilience and hard work are necessary for CAB now to host the remaining matches.There is no way the stadium is going to host the match of India-England

  • on January 28, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    similar situations were there before common wealth games held in delhi last year also.. but it was a huge success.. india will organise wc in really good manner.. we are confident about it..

  • vijujack on January 28, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    It is high time every some the venue for what it is. With so much of black history behind it, it is a wonder people talk about the so called glory of Eden Gardens. The crowd are not cricket lovers like Chennai crowd, which hardly gets the international cricket that it deserves. So many international cricketers have been targeted and yet the CAB does nothing to curb the crowd behaviour. Let's stop talking about the 90k crowd and instead talk about a good game watched by an appreciative crowd. The crowd cant think beyond Ganguly, who for all intents & purposes was just an above average player

  • pointofViv on January 28, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    After reading this, now I am kind a happy that the match has been canceled there. Even though Eden is one of the most b'ful grounds in India and in the world, the public makes me sick more often than anything else. It is such a shame with the history of violence that has been happened on this ground.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on January 28, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Feeling ashamed as a citizen of the same city!

  • sanjaycrickfan on January 28, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    You forgot to mention the incident when the local crowd booed the Indian team against South Africa when Ganguly was dropped from the side. They also burned the effigies of Greg Chappell, then coach on the street. This is the order of things in Kolkata.

  • Prashant007Geetam on January 28, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    With such history this ground shold be banned from hosting any international matches.

  • on January 28, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    heheheheheheh riches cricket board in the world hehehehehh shame shame

  • kaushiq on January 28, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    for some reason i have a feeling that kolkata fans r not so good responding a lose. mayb its a good thing to change the venue....

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  • kaushiq on January 28, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    for some reason i have a feeling that kolkata fans r not so good responding a lose. mayb its a good thing to change the venue....

  • on January 28, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    heheheheheheh riches cricket board in the world hehehehehh shame shame

  • Prashant007Geetam on January 28, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    With such history this ground shold be banned from hosting any international matches.

  • sanjaycrickfan on January 28, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    You forgot to mention the incident when the local crowd booed the Indian team against South Africa when Ganguly was dropped from the side. They also burned the effigies of Greg Chappell, then coach on the street. This is the order of things in Kolkata.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on January 28, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Feeling ashamed as a citizen of the same city!

  • pointofViv on January 28, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    After reading this, now I am kind a happy that the match has been canceled there. Even though Eden is one of the most b'ful grounds in India and in the world, the public makes me sick more often than anything else. It is such a shame with the history of violence that has been happened on this ground.

  • vijujack on January 28, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    It is high time every some the venue for what it is. With so much of black history behind it, it is a wonder people talk about the so called glory of Eden Gardens. The crowd are not cricket lovers like Chennai crowd, which hardly gets the international cricket that it deserves. So many international cricketers have been targeted and yet the CAB does nothing to curb the crowd behaviour. Let's stop talking about the 90k crowd and instead talk about a good game watched by an appreciative crowd. The crowd cant think beyond Ganguly, who for all intents & purposes was just an above average player

  • on January 28, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    similar situations were there before common wealth games held in delhi last year also.. but it was a huge success.. india will organise wc in really good manner.. we are confident about it..

  • mogan707 on January 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    The real issue is out now.Security Issue! What happens if violence erupts again.The secondary issue is The preparedness of the stadium to withstand such a large capacity for a span of almost seven hours of play.Is CAB could prepare the stadium in time.History does not help its cause.And resilience and hard work are necessary for CAB now to host the remaining matches.There is no way the stadium is going to host the match of India-England

  • on January 28, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Eden Gardens should not get another international match till the public starts to appreciate cricket and cricketers, may be this wont happen at all. So be it. I am sick of the Eden Gardens.