Hosting World Cup final a bigger challenge: Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian skipper, is a busy man these days. The ICC World Twenty20, which has it's final scheduled at the Eden Gardens on April 3, is the first major international responsibility for the cricketer-turned-administrator, but the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) seems up to the task.
For someone who had always relished a challenge against Pakistan in his playing days, Ganguly is now looking forward to staging the India-Pakistan group league match before a packed stadium on March 19 (Saturday).
He says a great hype has been created for the India-Pakistan match coming up on Saturday. Yes, there is a lot of hype. An India-Pakistan match has always created tension and excitement over the years, and it is going to be no different for the Eden Gardens match as well. What I want is a competitive match between the two teams so that the paying public should enjoy every moment of the match. Pakistan has never lost at Eden Gardens in a limited overs game. Yes I know. It [the record] may be broken this time, who knows! Do you also think India are still the favourites? Team India is a good, balanced team. The team is ready to take challenges. They have got seven match-winners and it's a major factor. Pakistan's batting department is not as strong as their bowling line-up. India have an edge, but then, anything can happen in a T20 game.
Do you think organising an India-Pakistan match is a big challenge as the president of CAB? Yes, but we have to bear in mind that organising a World Cup final would be a bigger challenge. It's a World Cup final after all ... Eden Gardens last hosted a World Cup final in 1987 in which Allan Border's Australia beat England. We will be organising one more final after 29 years.
Looking back at your playing days, do you think getting four Man of the Match awards in Toronto in 1997 is your best achievement? I would say one of the best, because we won against Pakistan at Dhaka in the Independence Cup by chasing 314 runs.