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Eden Gardens loses India-England fixture

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 27, 2011

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Plenty of work remains to be done at Eden Gardens six weeks before the World Cup, Kolkata, January 5, 2011
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata will not be ready in time to host the India-England World Cup clash on February 27 © AFP

In a major embarrassment to the BCCI, the ICC has ruled out Eden Gardens as the host of the game between India and England on February 27. The ICC's inspection team, which included some of the leading experts in the field of stadium and ground preparation, felt that Eden Gardens would not be ready in time. No alternate venue for the match has yet been named. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and the three World Cup stadiums in Sri Lanka were all given the go-ahead by the ICC.

"Regrettably, Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready in good time," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, said. "This was no easy decision to take and while it is most unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary." The Cricket Association of Bengal is having an emergency meeting to discuss the development.

Kolkata was to host three other matches in the World Cup, but the status of those games is still unclear. "At this stage no decision has been taken on those matches," an ICC spokesperson said. The India-England clash was the only chance for fans in Kolkata to see the home side.

BCCI president Shashank Manohar said that there was no need for the BCCI to call any emergency meeting, but pointed out that he would consult his "office bearers" to finalise the venue for the match. It is learnt that Bangalore is tipped to be a favourite. "99 % it will be Bangalore," an ICC source said.

The news of switching the match from Kolkata comes just two days after the tournament director, Ratnakar Shetty, waved away worries over readiness of World Cup venues. Media personnel had been barred from a recent inspection of Eden Gardens.

The venue, one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world, has hosted some of the highest-profile matches of the previous two World Cups held in the subcontinent including the final in 1987 and the semi-final in 1996. No international matches have been held in Kolkata since the Test between India and South Africa in February as the stadium was being renovated.

"All venues had ample time in which to prepare for World Cup matches," Lorgat said. "We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks.

"The Central Organising Committee had provided venues with a deadline of 30 November 2010 to complete all construction work and then to be match-ready by 31 December 2010. An extension was granted by the ICC for five venues, which were again inspected over the past week. Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011."

The ICC is still deciding on the new venue for the India-England match. "We will work with the new venue, the tour operators and the ticket distributors to manage the logistical challenges that will surely arise," Shetty said.


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Posted by Harish on (January 30, 2011, 23:08 GMT)

Bangalore has just been confirmed as BCCI's choice. The Kumble-Srinath duo have struck. After having been awarded lemons by the previous administration, this great city has been awarded a good match by default.

Posted by am on (January 30, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

wherever India plays england .. it should win.. nothing short of victory will please the fans.. and I expect the same..the most important thing is not where India is playing but whether India is winning or not.. ultimately that is what counts in the end. Destiny will take its course. ULTIMATELY INDIA SHOULD WIN... thats it...I wish Indian Team all the best... Come on DHONI and indian team .. ALL THE BEST...

Posted by Chandra on (January 30, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Kolkata fans missing the chance of watching IND-ENG match is a sad part....But Well guys, the match is not gone either to Srilanka or Bangladesh..Still we have an option of watching India match in India itself or at-least Bangalore fans can cheer-up Indian Team on behalf of Kolkata fans/Entire India itself. Since no one can change the decision of ICC or even if BCCI stands upside down. Lets hope nothing negative wil happen to India after the great debacle of CWG.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 30, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

Hyderabad would be a good choice, as B'lore, Chennai and Mumbai are already hosting the scheduled matches

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 30, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

Really sad .. one of India's best ground.. wont play host in the 2011 edition of the World Cup

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 30, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

If the Bangalore wicket goes to type in the group stages of the world cup then this will greatly help England, Broad and Anderson will be a genuine threat on those surfaces, although it does bring Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel back into it, the problem then is that England will also have the powerful Bresnan to turn to, India will not play a third seamer in any of these games and will always be a seamer short in Bangalore, especially if they are going to depend on Virat Kohli or even MS Dohni for those overs

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 30, 2011, 1:09 GMT)

why not Chennai chepauk why is it always Mumbai or Bangalore stealing the show and not Chennai.....

Posted by A on (January 29, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

BCCI say it supports for the 10 day deadline but secretly they are happy that the India-Eng match was transferred to B'lore. Every Indian knows the rivalry between Pawar and Dalmiya and Pawar being the head of ICC is doing all the moves from behind through Lorgat. Eden Garden deserves being dumped because they were sleeping all this time and suddenly got a kick on the backside. Good Job Mr Pawar.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 29, 2011, 11:52 GMT)


Posted by S.rao on (January 29, 2011, 8:03 GMT)

There are 40 other grounds in India, I think we should move the match to Dharmasala in the Northern part of India or else move to Mumbai and let CCI play the host instead of Wankhede so we mumbaikars get to watch our team play.

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