Eden Gardens' hoarding collapses, 3 injured

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Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:08 [IST]
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Eden's hoarding collapses, three injured

Kolkata, Apr 25: Heavy rains created havoc at Eden Gardens as the match between Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers was abandoned while the stadium's bill board and hoarding around a section of stands collapsed due to heavy rain on Tuesday night.

Due to heavy rain, the match was abandoned without a single ball being bowled, as the two teams were forced to share the points, while bill boards that were around the venue's operation center collapsed injuring two policemen who were taken to CMRI hospital immediately.

The other two who had minor scratches were given first aid at the stadium. While PTI terms that the hoarding collapsed at the 'J' block of the stadium.

Television commentator, Pommie Mbangwa was at the spot when the hoardings collapsed.

"Part of a stand has fallen and there might be some injuries. Not sure yet but doesn't look good EdenGardens," tweeted the commentator after witnessing the collapse.

According to reports, heavy rains lashed Kolkata since 7pm in the evening to delay the start of Game 32 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers which was abandoned later.

Though showers halted, there was a lot of water on the ourskirts which forced the match referee and the umpires to call off a IPL match.

While there are reports about the hoarding collapse, joint secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal has informed espncricinfo, a leading cricket portal saying "There was a temporary structure housing security broken due to heavy rains and strong winds. There were three minor injuries."

The largest stadium in the country underwent a renovation last year before the World Cup while due to insecurity regarding incomplete renovations, the World Cup match between India and England was shifted to Bangalore.


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