Ganguly happy to host Indo-Pak WT20 tie in Kolkata

ISLAMABAD: Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly said that he sympathised with the people of Dharamsala but was happy that the World T20 India-Pakistan encounter had been now rescheduled to the Eden Gardens on March 19.

“Firstly, I feel for Himachal, Dharamsala. I sympathise with Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary and the people of Himachal for what has happened — must be a very sad day for them but with no fault of theirs. It is one of the finest stadiums and it could have hosted this game easily,” Ganguly said.

“We are happy at the same time that it (the match) is with us. But this was going on for a while so we had requested the BCCI that we have one of the best grounds in the world and the ground is outstanding now. We wanted to have an India game, every other venue has an India game but we don’t have, only the final,” the former India captain added.

Ganguly said the game was awarded to the iconic venue due to Eden’s rich history.

“Criteria is Eden Gardens, logistics is also an issue. It is also due to Eden Garden’s history,” he said.

However, Ganguly said the biggest challenge would be ticketing.

“It is tough, ticketing will be difficult. Preparation is not a problem, we prepare for every game. Handling tickets will be an issue,” he said.

“Pricing will be same as final. On March 12 we will get the ticket, two days for stamping and all so we will have around three days to distribute and sell.” Cricket Country reported.

The 43-year-old said the high-voltage contest will be a tribute to late cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya, who helmed the CAB for decades.

“It is a tribute to Jagmohan Dalmiya, he will be smiling from up there. He had given us the final when he was president of the BCCI,” he said.