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Eden escapes fury, tents hit

CAB confident of repairing the stadium within the next two to three weeks

By Sayak Banerjee in Calcutta
  • Published 23.05.20, 3:18 AM
  • Updated 23.05.20, 3:18 AM
  • 2 mins read
The Amphan-ravaged Mainland Sambaran Cricket Academy. Picture courtesy: MSCA

Cyclone Amphan has ravaged the city and the Maidan, but largely spared Eden Gardens.

The iconic stadium has suffered some damage but the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) doesn’t seem to have lost sleep over it.

The association is confident of repairing the stadium, widely regarded as cricket’s paradise, within the next two to three weeks.

“Looking at the disaster that has taken place, it's natural for some damage to have occurred. But, prima facie, we don’t think there’s any major damage to the Eden,” CAB president Avishek Dalmiya told The Telegraph on Friday. “That said, we cannot take any chances.

“We will consult our structural engineer to look into the issues. If needed, we will implement whatever suggestion we get from the structural engineer.”

Elaborating on the areas that need repair, Dalmiya added: “The manual scoreboard (at D block) has to be worked upon. As for the electronic scoreboard, its flex has been damaged. But that was an old one and we would have changed it in any case.

“Besides, fibre sheets of blocks G and H also need repair, while glass panes of some of the corporate boxes have been broken.

The structural engineer will inspect all this and submit a report. The majority of the issues should be sorted out within 15 days or so.”

The pitch and the outfield are fine, though.

“No problems at all with the pitch... Just that some fibre sheets and dry leaves had fallen on the field, but the cleaning process is on.

“The entire ground will be dried a bit followed by further cleaning and by tomorrow (Saturday), the work should be completed. I coordinated via telephone today (Friday) but will be present at the ground on Saturday,” CAB curator Sujan Mukherjee said.

The association’s joint secretary, Debabrata Das, also did a round of inspection at the Eden on Friday.

The refurbished indoor facility at the stadium, however, had a close shave.

“A big tree fell near the entrance of the indoor facility. It just needs to be removed, nothing else.

“Not even a scratch in the rest of the areas there,” Dalmiya said.

Mukherjee seemed more worried with the JU Salt Lake campus and the Bengal Cricket Academy (Kalyani) grounds, but the CAB president isn’t too worried over those either.

Some of the club tents have, unfortunately, suffered serious damages. Rajasthan Club, Bhowanipore Club, Town Club, Measurers’ Club and Sambaran Banerjee’s Mainland Sambaran Cricket Academy are the most affected.

Of these, Mainland Sambaran academy appears to be the worst hit. “As many as eight big trees fell on the field. Four of our eight nets, the fencing and the gymnasium have been massively damaged.

“The KIT (Kolkata Improvement Trust) and the Calcutta Municipal Corporation have assured us all help,” Banerjee said.