Dhaka, Feb 16 (IANS) The fact that the iconic Eden Gardens is not hosting an India match in the Feb 19-April 2 World Cup has disappointed fans not just in Kolkata but also in Bangladesh.
Two officers manning the immigration desk at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport were aghast.
“Eden Gardens is such a beautiful ground. Why should it not host an India match in the World Cup? Were the conditions that bad? Or is there some other reason?” asked a curious Yunus.
His colleague Sarwar added: “This is tragic. Did the local organisers delay everything? But still it could have been given the India-England game (Feb 27) or some other match.”
When told that changing fixtures at such a late stage would have been a logistical nightmare, apart from the huge cost involved, Sarwar said: “Maybe. But what about the Eden crowd… All Bangladeshis are sad that people of Kolkata will not be able to see India play at Eden Gardens.”