Poor media management by CAB, chaos prevails at Eden

Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2002, 0:54 [IST]
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Kolkata: Chaos and confusion prevailed at the Eden Gardens, the venue of the third and final Test between India and West Indies, with media persons being made to run from pillar to post even for basic information as most of the areas at the venue remained inaccessible in the name of stringent security measures.

With the Fourth Estate barred from entering the B C Roy Club House at the stadium, the headquarters of the Cricket Association of Bengal, the scribes had a trying time even for getting basic information like timings of practice sessions and press briefings by the teams The West Indies team, which arrived here late on Sunday night, held its net session at the Eden Gardens in the morning, with the scribes patiently waiting for a word from any official about any press briefing by the visiting side. When their patience ran out, the scribes themselves took the initiative to convey the request to the touring side's manager Ricky Skeritt who readily agreed to make available leading pacer Merv Dillon and batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan after the practice session. But when the media persons tried to enter the Club House the police put its foot down and remained nonchalant when told that the visitors had agreed to hold a press conference at the stadium. However, making a mockery of the 'so-called stringent security network', a few presspersons managed to sneak in.

I have achieved what I had set out to : Dillon

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