England tour of India - Cricket: Giant clock to be installed at Eden Garden

Published: Monday, January 14, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: When Indian captain Saurav Ganguly and his England counterpart Nasser Hussain walk up to the middle for the toss in the first match of the Limited Overs series at the Eden Gardens, they can hardly miss the new addition at the historic ground a giant clock.The giant clock, to be set up on top of the electronic scoreboard, will solve a big problem for the players who have often found it difficult to keep track of the time in the absence of a clock big enough to be seen from the middle of the ground.Realising the problem of the cricketers, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to install the clock for the first One-dayer at the Eden Gardens on January 19.The CAB has no plans of making it a permanent addition atop the scoreboard but will only install the giant clock during the international matches.It will not be a permanent thing, but we will install it during every One-day international and test match, a top CAB official said. The Eden Gardens, which has witnessed many thrilling cricket matches for years together, currently has two small clocks on either side of the electronic scoreboard but were not big enough for the cricketers. The CAB official said that besides the historic Lords ground in England, no other stadium has such a big clock. The official said that it will take one whole day to fix the clock and the CAB was planning to install it just one day before the match.Although the stadium authorities were planning to install the clock during the India-Australia Test match in March 2001, it could not be done because of a variety of reasons. Apart from installing the clock, the CAB had plans of upgrading the media facilities at the press box for the benefit of the sports scribes who will be covering the match. Meanwhile, hundreds of workers were busy giving the finishing touches to the Eden Gardens as all the galleries were being given a fresh coat of paint. The entire stadium has been given a face-lift. The minor renovation and painting work is expected to be completed in the next couple of days.The groundsmen were also busy in getting the track ready for the floodlit match, which was expected to attract a near full house like on previous occasions. PTI

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