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Earth Hour Not to Disrupt India-Pakistan T20 World Cup Match at Eden Gardens

Puri: International sand artist Sudarshan Patanaik create a sand art on Cricket World cup 2015 in Puri on Feb. 2, 2015. (Photo: Arabinda Mahapatra/IANS)

File Photo:Puri: International sand artist Sudarshan Patanaik create a sand art on Cricket World cup 2015 in Puri on Feb. 2, 2015. (Photo: Arabinda Mahapatra/IANS)

Since Earth Hour from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM is scheduled on March 19 when India and Pakistan will clash on Eden Gardens for the ICC World T20 2016 match that has made headlines for over a year, it is unlikely that organisers will cancel the match as the stadium is expected to be fully packed and over a billion people are expected to watch it online.

India take on Pakistan after crossing several hurdles from bilateral relations to team security and change of venue from Dharmasala to Kolkata after much deliberation. The Earth Hour 2016, which is observd in India along with other world nations since many years may face the piquant situation now over environmental consciousness to cricket admiration in both countries of India and Paksitan.

Moreover, Indian cricketer and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who endorsed the Earth Hour will be playing the match when the lights will be fully lit in the stadium. “Like cricket, Earth Hour brings people together. I would urge people to come together and find newer, smarter ways to help save the planet. As we chase our dream of becoming World Champions again, we are counting on you to help us realise our dream of a greener planet. Let’s stand together against climate change,” Dhawan told the Hindu.

Sponsored by WWF, the Earth Hour disrupted many such events in the past too.In 2014, when Earth Hour was going on, several fashion shows and gala events went uninterrupted. “We are for the Earth Hour. We observed it last time but if it is during a show, we don’t have an option because there is a backstage and there are people getting make-up done,” defended organisers who said the switched off main lights though models were not obscured by them. Similar explanation awaits this year too for the cricket.

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