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CAB expects 70,000 turnout

Calcutta, Oct. 26: The series is in India’s pocket, there is a raging debate whether this West Indian team is the worst to visit this country and yet, one thing remains constant: Eden Gardens’ capacity to draw cricket enthusiasts. Going by the trend of public ticket sales and the members’ interest, the CAB expects a decent turnout at the third and final Test beginning Wednesday.

“We may not have a packed stadium but there should be 60-70 thousand people watching the cricket,” Jagmohan Dalmiya said this evening. Which is not bad considering the adverse circumstances.

The CAB president played down the ‘water crisis’ at the Eden where CMC authorities found some samples taken from tubewells to be unfit for consumption. “No one wants the fans to consume contaminated water… If there is a problem, I’ll ask them (CMC) to take corrective measures,” said Dalmiya, who also is the BCCI president.

He ruled out the possibility of a giant screen being set up before the ensuing Test . “There are several things to be sorted out like what the best position will be… Time is too short for it to be put up before this Test.”

The Indians arrive in the city in batches Sunday while the Caribbeans will fly in from Pune, via Mumbai at night. The real activity will begin Monday when both teams have their maiden workout. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, enjoying a rare stay at home, did bat for an hour at the nets this afternoon with the Bengal probables.

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