While South Africa are using their victory against India to propel them psychologically to higher ground and Ireland are looking at Eden Gardens to inspire them, some are using the match as an opportunity to vent their ire over the conspiracy theory that Kolkata was deliberately denied a high profile match.
The CAB has been alleging that there is a bias against Eden Gardens and that that was responsible for the ICC dropping the Eden Gardens venue for the India England tie which eventually went to Bengaluru.
As it turned out, the match turned out to be an edge of the seat thriller and Kolkata realize that they have before them three mismatched teams with the remote possibility of an upset. Without the main India match in the picture, the fans seem reluctant to show any interest in the three matches and are also staging a protest accusing the ICC of foul play.
Even as Ireland describe looking forward to the Eden Gardens experience as akin to playing at Lord’s, South Africa are bringing themselves back to the ground to focus on Ireland, who beat England in the same Group B to put them in peril of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarterfinal qualification. After their own defeat to England, South Africa want to avoid an upset at all costs, even if it means tempering their splendid win against India and focussing on the associate nation.
For some others, there are other, perhaps bigger, agendas.