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Dalmiya pleads for ten-day deadline extension

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January 27, 2011

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Work continues at Eden Gardens after it had a World Cup match taken away from it, Kolkata, January 27, 2011
Work at Eden Gardens continued after the ICC decided it would not host the game between India and England on February 27 © AFP

Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), has appealed to the ICC, through the Indian board, asking for the deadline for completion of work at Eden Gardens to be extended till February 7. Earlier on Thursday, Kolkata was stripped of the high-profile World Cup match between India and England after the ICC ruled that the venue would not be ready in time for the February 27 game.

"We confirm that we will hand over a completed Eden Gardens to the ICC on February 7," PTI quoted Dalmiya as saying in a letter to BCCI president Shashank Manohar. "We kindly request the ICC through you to elaborate on the specific requirements to ensure that we hand over the ready venue by February 7.

"We feel that we are already in a position to host the match. Despite this, we will take cognizance of ICC's concerns pertaining to cricketing operations, media, broadcast and sponsorship facilities."

The ICC's inspection team gave the green-light to four other World Cup venues they visited - the Wankhede, which will host the final, and the Sri Lankan stadiums. "It is also pertinent to note that three Sri Lanka venues - Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele as well as Wankhede in Mumbai have been given extension for 14 days," Dalmiya said. "Logically the CAB should also have been given at least till February 7 for handing over the venue prior to the India-England tie. It is an extension of 10 days and not the 14 days given to the others."

Dalmiya also explained the rationale behind asking for an extension. "The ICC consultant feels that we would be able to complete the stadium work by February 22 and if we do so then we would be able to host the remaining three matches scheduled on March 15, 18 and 20," he wrote. "So it will be 20 days before the games when ICC wants to take up the venue. We are at loss to understand why the ICC is taking away the India vs England match 30 days prior to the fixture."

While the BCCI have washed their hands of the fiasco, the CAB deputy joint secretary Biswarup Dey said he couldn't understand the decision to shift the match as the stadium was ready. "We were confident of hosting the match," Dey told PTI. "There is no question of being behind schedule. Everything is built ... the entire stadium has been renovated. We have not received any communication from the ICC. I don't know why they have taken the decision."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (January 30, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

Dear friends, do not change your plans just yet. Eden gardens can still host the match provided Mr. Sharad Powar,ICC president, grants extension till 7th FEB which is very likely.Some newspapers are saying that CM of west bengal called him up yesterday and he said that the fate of EDEN would be decided on 30th. As far as alternate venue is concerned, BCCI chief Shashank Manohar is adamant about Eden Gardens hosting the match. Even the finance minister was consulted for this matter and everyone is doing their thing to stop relocation of India Eng match.As a kolkatan I am keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully Eden will host the match and the India and Bengal haters will stop whining once and for all.

Posted by S.rao on (January 29, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

Kolkata has brought shame to the country.Time for Mumbai to cover up for the mess as usual we contribute highest to the tax revenue of the country and most of the country's forex reserves,so bring it on Mumbai is ready to save the face again.If wankhede is not ready we have CCI where champions trophy 2006 was played.

Posted by Sanjiv on (January 29, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

Thye don't deserve an extension. They had their chance, mis-managed it, materially under-performed, and the result is there for all to see. Another CWG style underperformance by Indian engineers and people.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 28, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

I think it is very unfair for the ppl. of Bengal to miss on some thing that great.they have done nothin wrong,,,,also i think ICC should reconsider its decission and give them at least 7 more days, on other hand,CAB and BCCI should both be penalized heavely to teach em a lesson,and Indian goverment should take note of it, and make it clear to BCCI that its not only about making money.how ever pple of Bengal the great fans of cricket dont deserve this.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 28, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

Cmmon man, I wouldnt blindly support ICC and accuse WCB in this case. What was ICC looking for and what was missed. What made them shift the match in specific. None of these are given in these media reports. I think we have to be fair and afterall be behind our own people. Think of the fans in Kolkatta, its unfair to them.

Posted by Manoj on (January 28, 2011, 17:01 GMT)

I think ICC/BCCI should allow the 10 days CAB has asked for them to qualify to host the other 3 matches failing which the Eden Gardens should be banned from hold any international matches until Jan 2012. I am a fan of Eden Gardens but not CAB.

Infact ICC should have inspected and cleared fields a year ago and not permitted any changes there after.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 28, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

@Nijnoz: dude that is over the top to award match freely to england :|

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 28, 2011, 14:56 GMT)

Finishing the work within the given time is Mandatory...... If work is not completed within FEB 7 also it is really unfair!!! Kolkata is losing a BIG GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by siva on (January 28, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

That is why the administration of the Board should always have the ex-players but not politicians, as players can be at least good in moral towards their country sometimes if not all times.

Posted by anun on (January 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

Nijnoz, the fans might just get a refund of their tickets, but BCCI refunding the travelling costs is a little absurd and is never going to happen. Also not too many people will support your cause of forfeiting the match. Seriously, comeon!!

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