Standing on the threshold of his 100th international century,Sachin Tendulkar wanted to make sure everything is perfect with two days to go for the second Test against the West Indies.
The sight screen at the Eden Gardens wasn’t to the liking of the leading batsman. The height of the sight screen was 16 feet but Tendulkar wanted it raised further as he felt that he could have difficulty sighting the ball.
He brought this to the notice of the Board of Control for Cricket in Indias match observer Narendra Sharma. Sharma,in-turn,spoke to Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials. CAB joint-secretary Biswarup Dey,accompanied by former BCCI joint-secretary Gautam Dasgupta had a word with Tendulkar. After the interaction the CAB said that they would raise the height of the sight screen.
He (Tendulkar) is standing on verge of a great individual milestone and we will surely cooperate. We will raise the height, Dey said. According to a CAB insider,the height is going to be raised to 19 feet at the expense of about 3,000 prime seats at the club house and F block at the stadium.
Tendulkar has remained very particular about the height of the sight screen and has in the past been known to ask officials to raise the height. One such instance at the P Sara Oval in Colombo last year.
The CAB hasn’t followed ICC norms which specifies that the sight screen must be at least 25 feet high. This was one of the issues,among others,which prompted ICC officials to shift the India-England World Cup game to Bangalore in February.
We are raising the height of the sight screen on Tendulkar’s request. But we don’t think that a 25-foot high sight screen is needed, a senior CAB official said.