After reportedly annoying Sachin Tendulkar with its over-enthusiastic preparations for his 199th Test,the Cricket Association of Bengal on Tuesday invited criticism from Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the customary pre-match press conference ahead of the opening Test against the West Indies.
Before the interaction began,Dhoni criticised the CAB for a goof-up in spelling Tendulkar’s name on a giant billboard put up near the electronic scorecard at the High Court end.
“First tell me who has misspelt Sachin’s name inside the stadium? This is a very big (mistake)! It’s there inside the stadium,” Dhoni said while pointing out that Sachin had been misspelt ‘Sachine’ by the CAB.
The billboard with the portrait of Tendulkar by Jogen Chowdhury mentioned “Celebrating Sachine Tendulkar 199th Test match”,bringing more embarrassment to the CAB.
On Monday Tendulkar,who is deeply focussed on cricket,appeared unhappy with CAB’s bursting of confetti when he entered the stadium and other arrangements.
The CAB installed of a wax statue,while 80 school children wearing T-shirts with Tendulkar’s image and 199 written on the back lined up till the dressing room to greet the maestro while he disembarked the team bus.
Asked about Tendulkar’s body language,Dhoni said: “You expect me to judge somebody’s body language? There are some things,I leave to you guys to judge.”
The CAB,however,denied reports of Tendulkar being unhappy claiming that the reports were baseless.
Cornered CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey,however,criticised Dhoni for making the spelling mistake of Tendulkar’s name an issue during Tuesday’s press conference.
“He (Dhoni) could have told us about the mistake. But its not in the interest of captain to see to this,” he said.
The CAB treasurer further blamed a private agency for the goof-up.
“The error is the responsibility of the agency that was handling the banners. We have issued a showcause notice to the agency. And the banner has been removed,” Dey added.