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CAB swings into action

Calcutta: A day after Virender Sehwag criticised the food served by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the state association went into damage control mode.

CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey personally met Sehwag during India’s practice session at Eden Gardens on Monday and heard the grievances of the opener.

Although Dey did not wish to divulge the details of the conversation, it was learnt that Sehwag took a softer stand on Monday, saying: ‘There is no problem… It’s okay’.

The CAB assured Sehwag that there would be no deficiency in hospitality this time around.

Later, talking to the media, Dey said: “I believe that we have sorted out the issue… We have asked Sehwag to intimate us if he is having any trouble with food or anything else. The same applies for every member of the squad.”

The CAB has also asked the official caterers to make some changes in their menu.

In another development, the CAB, as per Match Referee Jeff Crowe’s instructions, has decided to increase the height of the sightscreens on either side of the ground to facilitate Sachin Tendulkar. While the length of the sightscreen at the Club House End will be 27 feet, the High Court End screen will be around 26.

Dey also informed that approximately 1.4 lakh tickets have been sold thus far. “We are expecting a crowd of around 25,000-30,000 daily... Approximately, we have sold tickets worth Rs 18 lakh.”

Meanwhile, YouWeCan, set up by the Yuvraj Singh Foundation, has joined hands with Apollo Cancer Institutes to launch cancer-screening programmes across various locations in Eastern India.