Rohit-Sharma and Tim Southee
Rohit-Sharma and Tim Southee (Credits: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team will lock horns with Tim Southee-led New Zealand National Cricket Team on Sunday, November 21 at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Meanwhile, CAB president Avishek Dalmiya has said they will distribute free masks and sanitisers to fans entering the stadium.

This will be the first time in two years an international game will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is doing everything to make sure that the fans can enjoy the game in the stadium without worrying about the Covid-19 times.

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Harshal Patel with Rohit Sharma and Venkatesh Iyer. Credits BCCI

Notably, Covid-19 hit Indian cricket badly as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended after the spread of the virus in the camps and it was later shifted to United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Meanwhile, CAB president Avishek Dalmiya has said that the players will be provided different channels from where they will be entering the ground. He asserted:

There will be quarantine facility in the hotel, staff there and staff at the stadium would also have to follow the quarantine rules. There would be a channel from where they [the teams] will be going to the ground. Not the regular entry that they take from the Club House, it will be from Gate No. 17, and they will be going to the dressing room through the interiors.”

Dalmiya also told that they have shown the New Zealand team all the safety measures which they will take during the match and they are satisfied with it. Dalmiya in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda said:

We have shown them [recce team] the route, how things would function and what exactly is expected from the association, as far as the safety point of view is concerned. So we explained them the entire functioning of the bubble, which they found it to be in order and which they have also liked,” 

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Rohit Sharma and Tim Southee
Rohit Sharma and Tim Southee (Credits: BCCI)

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Meanwhile, Dalmiya revealed that they have been asked by the New Zealand officials to make sure that all the groundsmen wear PPE kits. He elaborated:

Yes one suggestion that they have given is that, the groundsman should be wearing the PPE kits and face shields. Not that every stadium has that facility, but we keep the staff also in the bubble. So we ensure that the groundsmen and other support staff are not only tested but they are also part of the bubble. So they are lesser vulnerable than the others. But since they have asked for that, we will try to cater to it,”

The CAB chief further added:

In fact, the Bengal T20 Challenge was the first tournament with bio-bubble in the country. So it’s not new to us, we are aware of the rules, we are aware of how the system functions. We will be having strict vigilance because we also have a Covid Task Force for the association, which is headed by the vice-president. We will ensure that every stipulation is followed and nothing is ignored,” 

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KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. Credits: BCCI

Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has allowed the sporting complex to operate at a maximum of 70 per cent seating capacity which means approx 47000 seats at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata will be filled.

Avishek Dalmiya further added that they are planning to give free masks and sanitisers to all the cricket fans who enter the stadium to watch the game live. Also, they will follow all the protocols and guidelines issued by the state.

It’s not just the sporting organisation that lay the norms, so it has to be whatever the current protocols and guidelines issued by the state and other government agencies, those will be followed. We are keeping one seat vacant after every three occupied seats, that is already there for the social distancing. There will be temperature checking at the gates also, and we are planning to give out masks and sanitisers for free to everyone who’s entering the stadium,” Avishek Dalmiya told Sportskeeda.

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