Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar, two of the commentators of the India vs West Indies T20I series survived a close call at the newly-built Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday.
The duo escaped unhurt after one of the glass doors of the commentary box collapsed at the venue.
One of the glass doors of the commentary box apparently shattered just as they were entering the enclosure of the commentary box.
The Ekana Stadium, which was renamed as Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityananth earlier in the day, made its debut as an international cricket venue on Tuesday.
Both the former cricketers were lucky to return unscratched.
“One of the glass doors just crumbled like a pack of cards but luckily no one sustained any injuries. All are safe,” Manjrekar later said.
It could have been even worse as mismanagement and chaos ruled the roost during international cricket’s return to the ‘City of Nawabs’ after a hiatus of 24 years.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium is a private property situated inside the Ekana Sportz City, being developed in the outskirts of the State capital.
Inexperience on the part of the organisers was at the forefront, the worst sufferer being the mediapersons, who were there to cover the match.
The media box is a swanky one but erratic internet and power connection, coupled with frequent power cuts caused a lot of inconvenience.
The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) officials looked helpless as the stadium is a private property.
The 50,000 capacity stadium, however, was packed to capacity.
#काम_बोलता_है #AkhileshYadav— Kaushal yaduwanshi (@Kaushal25608711) October 30, 2018
Ekana International Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium of international standard in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, It is one of the largest cricket stadium in India with a seating capacity of 50000 people. pic.twitter.com/OYfsIerNyo