Calcutta: There’s something wrong between the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and an India-West Indies match at Eden Gardens.
Last November, the CAB had mis-spelt Sachin Tendulkar’s name on a banner during India’s Test against the West Indies. This time, in the lead-up to the one-dayer against the Caribbean side, an error has been discovered on the printed tickets.
As part of CAB’s plans to commemorate 150 years of Eden Gardens, it was decided that the tickets for the October 20 match will have pictures of eight players who have some special connection with the ground. While naming the eight greats, West Indies all-rounder Garry Sobers has been addressed as ‘Sir Garry Sobers’ on the ticket but Sir Everton Weekes has been printed as just ‘Everton Weekes’, without the ‘Sir’.
Weekes was the last of the Three Ws (Clyde Walcott, Weekes and Frank Worrell) to be knighted, in 1995.
When pointed out, a CAB official admitted the mistake, but maintained that it is too late for rectification. “Yes, it’s an error... But there’s no way we can reprint 65,000 tickets now,” he said.
Syed Mushtaq Ali, Rohan Kanhai, Gundappa Viswanath, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh are the other six players whose pictures are embossed on the tickets, which will go on sale by Thursday.
Meanwhile, the CAB will release a special gold coin on Saturday, in the presence of Krishnamachari Srikanth and Deepak Shodhan.
“Syed Mushtaq Ali and Srikanth had hit Eden Gardens’ first Test and ODI centuries, respectively. But since Mushtaq Ali is no more we have decided to invite Shodhan, who is probably the oldest cricketer alive to have scored a century at the Eden (against Pakistan in 1952),” said treasurer Biswarup Dey.
The Telegraph, Calcutta