Kolkata, Nov. 11 (NNN): With the festivities of Durga Puja yet to be fully over, Kolkata is all set for a clash of titans – a cricket match between India and Pakistan on Saturday. The one-off one-dayer is being played on November 13, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the board of control for cricket India (BCCI) at the Eden Gardens.
However, this time, the city wants that trend reversed, as thousands wait to watch the archrivals clash.
An India-Pakistan encounter after 15 long years in the city means that the queues for tickets are mile long and the wait even more agonising.
"I have come all the way from Jharkhand and have been standing in the queue since morning. I don't know when I'll get a ticket," a fan said, adding: "I have seen a couple of matches here. But I'm standing in line to buy tickets for my father. He will be very pleased."
The Taj Bengal, which will be hosting both teams, is in a frenzy these days as they try and get their house in order.
For the die-hard cricket fan though, it's an impatient wait to see the Rawalpindi express pitch his talent against the might of Sachin Tendulkar and of course, their favourite player Sourav Ganguly.
"Sourav is fit and we hope he at least makes a half century only then it will be worth it," said a cricket enthusiast.
Meanwhile, the pitch for the November 13 one dayer at the Eden Gardens has a lush green look, but would favour the batsmen, its curator said today. "It will be a good wicket for the batsmen. It will even have bounce," curator Prabir Mukherjee said.
"The strip will be full of runs. Cricket, particularly a one dayer, is a batsman's game. The spectators will get their money's worth," he said.
Mukherjee said he had not received any request from the Indian team management on the nature of the wicket.
"They have not told me anything about whether they wanted the grass to be cut," he said. Traditionally, the Eden wicket has always favoured the team batting first in day-night matches because of the dew factor.
"This advantage may be there. Statistics says that the team batting second has always had problems," he said.
The pitch has become the subject of intense debate recently as Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly had expressed his dissatisfaction with the pace-friendly track in the third Test against Australia at Nagpur.
After the Mumbai test, which was won by India, Australian captain Ricky Ponting complained about the viciously turning pitch in his post-match comments.
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