“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare had once famously asked. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has appeared to have taken the Bard of Avon’s poetry as a benchmark for its goof-ups.
A day after the CAB was left red in the face after misspelling Sachin Tendulkar’s first name as “Sachine”, it went a step further on Wednesday and turned the master blaster’s wife into a “Mr”.
The second faux pas occurred during the first day’s play of the first Test between India and West Indies at the Eden Gardens, which also happens to Tendulkar’s second-last match of his glorious career.
Given the occasion, the CAB has pulled out all stops to ensure that the cricketing icon’s last appearance on the hallowed turf becomes a memorable one but the over-enthusiasm has only left many in the cricket body squirming in embarrassment.
On Wednesday, the giant, electronic scoreboard at Eden’s High Court end flashed, “Welcome Mr Anjali Tendulkar and Master Arjun Tendulkar” when the wife and son of the batting legend entered the president’s box during the lunch break.
The big, bold letters with the twisted gender flashed for several minutes before CAB officials realised the blooper to their horror. By the time, the mistake was rectified, the damage had already been done.
On Tuesday, the CAB misspelt the batsman’s name as “Sachine” on a giant billboard and then put the entire blame on a private agency. They, however, apologised for the goof-up.
“It’s really unfortunate that something or the other is happening every day. We’re helpless now as it’s being looked after by a private agency. However, we’re committed to take action against the agency after the match gets over. We apologise for the inconvenience it caused,” an apologetic CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly said on Wednesday.
It was Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who had pointed out the mistake in Sachin’s name.
“Pehle ye batao Sachin ki naam ki spelling galat kisne likhi? Yeh bahut bada... (First tell me who misspelt Sachin’s name. It’s a big mistake),” was what Dhoni had to say about the billboard that had mentioned: “Celebrating Sachine Tendulkar’s 199th Test match”.
CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey, however, criticised Dhoni for making an issue out of the spelling mistake. “He could have told us about the mistake,” Dey had said.
The little master, however, was oblivious to the hype and hoopla surrounding his imminent retirement as he went about his job on the field with the same professionalism he had showed throughout his career.
In fact, Tendulkar even picked up a wicket with his occasional leg-break bowling as he trapped West Indies batsman S Shillingford leg before wicket in the post-lunch session.
Shakespeare was, after all, spot on in his assessment: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Sachine or Sachin, the legend endures, anyway.