Spectators watching a match at Eden Gardens © IANS
Spectators watching a match at Eden Gardens © IANS

By Rajarshi Majumdar

Aug 14, 2014

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will celebrate 150 years of Eden Gardens. According to a source from CAB, there will be a series of events that they have scheduled already.

These events will include the first day cover and stamp release and felicitation of the first 150 living members of CAB. CAB will also request Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to dedicate the One-Day International (ODI) between India and West Indies (which is supposed to be played in the month of October at the same venue) to the history of the stadium.

CAB will also try to invite the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee or Major General Dalbir Singh as their chief guest on the day of the match.

Former Bengal captain Raju Mukherjee has already penned down a book on the history of Eden Gardens. CAB came to know through this book that Eden Gardens was born sometime in October in 1864; the first match was also played there. The events will be staged from September 13, 2014, and will continue till October.

The book on the history of Eden Gardens by Raju Mukherjee will be released in the first event. Jagmohan Dalmiya, CAB President, and Sourav Ganguly will do the honours. CAB already requested BCCI for the India vs West Indies ODI so that they can host the match along with these events. Bishwaroop De, the Treasurer of CAB, said, “CAB has already chalked out the event schedule, and we will make sure that this auspicious occasion is celebrated with pomp.”

The most important of all the events will be the tableau that will be carried by former and the present Bengal cricketers in a vintage Austin all across the city. This tableau will start from the birthplace of Sarada Ranjan Roy, universally considered The Father of Cricket in Bengal.