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Thirty thousand enjoy Bangladesh Pakistan Match

31st October 2023
Eden Gardens is famous for its crowd and a learned one at that. They love to enjoy a good game. The stadium did not disappoint with around 30,000 people coming down today to witness a Bangladesh Pakistan World Cup match.
They cheered for their teams and some for both the teams.The Bangladeshi supporters carried Royal Bengal Tiger stuffed toys and cheered lustily as Mahnudullah and Liton Das scorching the lush green turf of Eden with their strokes. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan came out to a giant roar and did not disappoint scoring at ease all round the field.
Similarly, the Pakistani supporters had a lot to cheer with Shaheen Afridi mesmerising with his fast bowling. The young Mohammed Wasim Jr. also bowled with pace and imagination giving the crowd enough to cheer.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh and Pakistan media enjoyed the hospitality at Eden Gardens.
Shamim Chowdhury of News G 24 of Bangladesh said: “This is my first time in this new press box. It is very well decorated and well designed. The media centre is also very eye catchy and useful for the journalists. It is truly giving a new look and homely atmosphere. The food and culture in Kolkata are more or less same as in Bangladesh so we are enjoying our stay here.”
Meanwhile, Abdul Majid Bhatti of Jang and Geo TV (Pakistan) said, “This is my seventh visit to Kolkata. I have covered IPL and Test matches here. After T20 World Cup 2016 match between India and Pakistan this is ny first visit here. I am happy with the fantastic hospitality. The renovated Media Centre is Fantastic. Thanks for the hospitality. Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup is not up to the mark. I hope they make it to the semis, but I am not sure as they are struggling. I think a lift to the Press Box would be great.”
Mir Shabbar Ali of Dawn Newspaper (Pakistan) said, “I am here for the first time. I am loving it here. It is my first time at Eden Gardens. I visited other venues but here it’s a vibrant place and environment and good and culture here in Eden Gardens.”
Utpal Shuvro of Daily Prothom Alo (Bangladesh) said, “It feels good to be in Kolkata. Home away from home. Covered my first Test match at Eden. It is a Nostalgic place with lots of memories. The press box and media centre is fantastic.”

Arindam Basu