Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today termed the shifting of marque India-Pakistan World T20 clash out of Dharamsala as an accident for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association but said the historical Eden Gardens was ready to host the high profile match on March 19.
“It must be a sad moment for them for no fault of theirs. I feel for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association and Dharamsala. I sympathise wih Anurag Thakur and people of Himachal for what has happened. It’s one of the best stadia of the country and could have hosted the game very easily,” the Cricket Association of Bengal president said after the ICC decided the match to Eden due to security concerns.
After days of speculation and following pressure from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the ICC today announced its decision to shift the venue to Eden Gardens citing security concerns.
Sympathizing with Dharamsala, Ganguly remembered that Eden Gardens too lost the India-England World Cup match in 2011.
“This is an accident which has happened. It has caused inconvenience to the people of Dharamshala. We had lost a match in 2011 as well,” Ganguly said.
He, however, said for CAB it is just like hosting one more match and the Eden Gardens is ready in all its grandeur.
“We are ready. I don’t think there’s any difference. It’s just another team who comes, plays and goes. We just have to host another game. Security will be tight but the playing conditions remain the same.”