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Bangalore to host India-England game

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January 31, 2011

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An overview of the nets session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, October 7, 2008
Eden Garden's loss is Chinnaswamy's gain © Getty Images

The ICC has confirmed the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore as the venue for the India-England World Cup game that was originally supposed to be held in Kolkata. There was no change in the date of the match - it will be held on February 27.

"This decision now clarifies and gives us certainty over the fixture," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said. "We can now work with our various partners and stakeholders to make sure that the match - along with the rest of the tournament - is all it should be."

In a letter to the BCCI, the ICC also outlined the pending work that had to be done to get Eden Gardens ready for the World Cup. Kolkata was originally allotted three other matches for the tournament, the first of which is on March 15. The ICC said an inspection team will visit Eden Gardens on February 7 to see the progress made before deciding on the fate on those three matches.

The BCCI had nominated Bangalore as its preferred venue for the India-England match after the ICC had ruled out Kolkata last week.

The India-England fixture will now be the most high profile World Cup game for Bangalore, which hosts four other group games. Only one of those feature the home team, while all of them pit a minnow against a strong side.


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Posted by sapthagiri on (February 3, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

@explorer18: dear friend, it requires some preparation for the state cricket associations to adhere to the ICC guidelines with regards to the stadium preparations for the 2011 WC. Your query as to why Hyd and other big venues missed out, because it is very improper to schedule the Ind Vs Eng match to a new venue, more so because of the ICC guidelines. So weighing all the options, the match was awarded to Bangalore. Here, the question of Statehood and regionality doesnt arise, it is done with pure scientific reasons.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 2, 2011, 1:56 GMT)

@tirtha16: but if d venue is not ready then how can matches b held there? i hope d administrators take note of d situation & get their act together ASAP. EDEN gardens is an iconic venue & CAB shud hav been more proactive to make d venue available in time. nevertheless the show must go on & hope India does well. Gud Luck to Team India.

Posted by tirthadip on (February 1, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

Eden Gardens is the oldest cricket stadium in india and it's undoubtedly one of the greatest stadium in the world. I don't understand how stadiums like Mohali gets a Semi-final of the WC and Eden doesn't get any of the knock out matches....!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 1, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

Welcome to Garden city :) .......We Bangaloreans :) deserved one big match. Lovely to know. India have not lost a WC match in Bangalore...But we are missing Robin Uthappa :(

Posted by Lalith on (February 1, 2011, 20:12 GMT)

I am very happy, because this will wake up Indian administrators.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 1, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

@JayPadia - just pray that India makes the QF - then they will play in Ahmedabad.

Posted by amit on (February 1, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Yeah its strange that Bangalore has to host some many uselese matches ....... atleast now IND VS ENG will let us ejnoy ....... if any one know a website for ticket booking please let me know I am really excited to go there .. its such a great stadium with best weather in INDIA ........ every sports person loves to play there

Posted by Nagesh on (February 1, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

I meant my comments about having matches in other centers, especially Hyderabad in a positive way ( given Hyd has an excellent new stadium and large cricket hungry crowds), not meant to disparage or portray other centers in any lower light. India being a big country, more centers mean more cricket love and more tourism. I do not have anything against any crowds anywhere, or anyone for that matter - happy to see a lot of good sentiment about that except for one. I know there will be one or two ( one in this case) exceptions to decent conversations on public blogs like this, and I am going to ignore any rubbish made out of it.

Posted by Kashi on (February 1, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

Oh Not sachin Talk Again. Let India Win - Sachin scoring is irrelavant!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 1, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

Does anybody have any idea about the tickets for this match? In kyazoonga, it's still showing the venue as Eden Gardens.

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