IPL: Kolkata's Eden Gardens' billboard collapses

Billboard and hoarding around a section of stands at the Eden Gardens collapsed before the start of the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers, here on Tuesday.

Updated: April 24, 2012 22:19 IST
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Kolkata: Billboard and hoarding around a section of stands at the Eden Gardens collapsed before the start of the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers, here on Tuesday.

While the match itself was delayed due to heavy rain,the sign boards around what is believed to be the venues operation center collapsed, seriously injuring two policemen who were taken to the CMRI hospital. Two others with minor scratches were provided with first aid. TV commentator Pommie Mbangwa who was at the venue at the time tweeted on the incident. "Part of a stand has fallen and there might be some injuries. Not sure yet but doesn't look good EdenGardens," he tweeted immediately after the mishap.

Strong winds and a heavy downpour had begun in the city around 1900 (IST) delaying the 32nd match of IPL. According to latest reports, though the showers have halted, most parts of the ground, though covered is under substantial amount of water.

The stadium underwent a renovation last year, ahead of the 2011 World Cup. The International Cricket Council however had shifted an India-England match from here to Bangalore, reportedly due to unsafe conditions arising from the incomplete renovations.

PTI adds: The hoarding collapsed at 'J' block of the stadium.

ESPNCricinfo adds: "There was a temporary structure housing security broken due to heavy rains and strong winds. There were three minor injuries," said Biswaraup Dey, the Cricket Association of Bengal joint secretary.

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