After a span of 25 years, the spectators at the Eden Gardens during the T-20 match between India and South Africa on 8th October can see the legendary Nelson Mandela’s speech. Late Nelson Mandela who was invited to the first public felicitation by the then ruling government of West Bengal in 1990 at the Eden Gardens after having spent 21 years in exile, gave that legendary speech on the humanity and international relationship and special thanks to West Bengal government.
The top brass of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has already decided to send a written appeal to the higher authority of Doordarshan to get the video cassette of Mandela’s speech with the purpose of showing it on the giant screen at the Eden Gardens during the interval of the T-20 match between India and South Africa.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and presently CAB joint-secretary, warned Indian batsmen for South African spinner Imran Tahir in the forthcoming series between the two countries. Sourav said, “Tahir is the best among their three spinners. He is accurate and he can turn the ball according to his wish. So, Indian batsmen must be careful and be prepared before facing him.”
On the other hand, Bengal team defeated under-23 Sri Lankan cricket team in a preparatory match on Saturday at Colombo. The match, though scheduled to be held 50 overs, was finally reduced to 20 overs due to torrential rain. Bengal, electing to bat first scored 124 at the loss of eight wickets. Srivats Goswami was the top scorer with 44 runs. Sri Lanka under-23 team innings, in reply, was all out for 69 runs. Pradipto Pramanik, one of the upcoming spinners in Bengal, scalped two wickets, giving away only five runs.