Sourav Ganguly, President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), has confirmed on Wednesday (October 3) that the Eden Gardens will host the first T20 International against the West Indies on November 4, 2018, as originally decided.
The CAB decided to not back off from hosting the first T20Is at the Eden Gardens as the tickets have already gone for printing and will be distributed as per previous arrangement.
Ganguly’s comment came after newly-registered Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) constitution made it compulsory for the state associations to sell the 90 percent tickets of the total capacity of the stadium on public sale, while only 10 percent can be availed as complimentary passes.
However, there is still not 100% clarity regarding the tickets sell but following the BCCI’s move, the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has refused to host the second One Day International between India and West Indies on October 24, citing lack of clarity on the same.
While former Indian skipper agreed with the MPCA, saying their claim is completely legitimate and he also cannot compromise on the issue.
As per reports in Press Trust of India, Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens, “The match is on. Tickets have already gone for printing and now nothing can be done. It will stay as it is. I completely understand the problems faced by MPCA and I'm totally with them, because the practical problems are never understood. Their claim is completely legitimate.”
It is also learned that around 30,000 tickets from Eden's capacity of 67,000 are already distributed as complimentary passes including to government agencies like Kolkata Police, the Corporation and Fire brigade and Ganguly said it now all depends on BCCI whether they want to hosts the match here.
Ganguly signed off by saying, “I cannot go and ask the government agencies, bureaucrats — people who make the match happen — to collect tickets and pay. If they want (to take the game away), they can. But we are not going to compromise.”