Eden Gardens Fire accident
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Last Update on: August 11th, 2023 at 10:50 am

CAB President Snehasish Ganguly shared an update on the status of the fire breakout at Eden Gardens on Wednesday, August 9. The iconic stadium will host five World Cup matches including the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2023.

As per reports, the fire broke out late at night on Wednesday in one of the dressing rooms resulting in negotiable damage. The fire was caused because sparks emerging from one of the sauna heaters caught a stack of towels kept nearby, which elevated the fire. The incident is expected to have no impact on impact on its hosting of World Cup matches.

Eden Gardens will undergo some renovation ahead of the World Cup. It missed hosting World Cup matches in 2011 including the India-England match that was shifted to Bangalore due to renovation work back then as well. Some parts of the stadium were rebuilt resulting in Eden losing matches in the 2011 ODI World Cup.

This time around though CAB President Shehasish Ganguly has ensured that all arrangements will be made to ensure that Eden Gardens does not lose the opportunity to host World Cup games.

“A fire broke out last night at 11.50 pm. People who were working here saw smoke and then the fire. Immediately, two fire tenders were pressed into action and flames were doused in no time. There was no damage to the dressing room as such. Only some cables were burnt. But certainly, there is no sabotage angle,” Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Snehasish Ganguly told reporters on Thursday.

Eden Gardens is hosting a World Cup semi-final after 27 years. The last time it hosted a knockout match was the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka. The Lankans eventually ended up winning the World Cup that year. Eden Gardens has also previously hosted two World Cup finals – 1987 and 2016.

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ICC World Cup 2023 Matches At Eden Gardens

  1. Q1 vs BAN (October 28)
  2. PAK vs BAN (October 31)
  3. IND vs SA (November 5)
  4. ENG vs PAK (November 12)
  5. Semifinal 2 (November 16)

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