Tuesday, May 18

Stadium gets special makeover for match

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No sooner was it announced that the Test between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens will be a day-night one, frantic preparations started to make it a memorable match. The historic venue, which became the first to hold a World Cup final outside England and organize the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup in 1996, was on Friday decked up in pink.

“We were racing against time as we had less than a month. A high-level committee headed by newly elected BCCI president Saurav Ganguly was formed to bring in key changes at Eden to mark the historic occasion,” said a CAB official.

It was decided to make pink the central theme since the Test would be the first to be played with a pink ball in India. “The entire facade of the stadium was done up with pink lights,” he added.

The mascots — Pinku Tinku — was conceptualized and art students were asked to paint the walls and corridors in cricket graffiti. A giant pink balloon was also strung up. “Even sweets ordered for the VIPs also had a pink hue,” the official said.

Several monuments, landmarks and parks around the ground were also lit up in pink for the occasion.


Source: Times of India

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