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ICC satisfied by pace of work at Eden

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February 8, 2011

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Eden Gardens awaits an inspection to determine if it will host three non-India World Cup matches, Kolkata, February 7, 2011
Eden Gardens may be able to hold some World Cup matches after all © AFP

The ICC has given a cautious nod to Eden Gardens' bid to host the remaining three World Cup matches scheduled there, apart from the India-England game, saying that it is "encouraged" by the progress made towards completing the necessary construction work.

"We are pleased with the progress made since January 25, and if that pace of work is maintained, we believe that the stadium will be ready for the games scheduled in March," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive said.

Eden Gardens is slated to host group-stage matches between South Africa and Ireland on March 15, Ireland and Netherlands on March 18, and Kenya and Zimbabwe on March 20.

The ICC had ruled out holding the February 27 match between Indian and England at Eden Gardens after an inspection on January 27 found several major works incomplete. That match was moved to Bangalore, and it was decided that a later inspection would be held to assess whether Eden Gardens could host the other three matches scheduled to be played there.

While the ICC's new-found confidence means the extensive renovation undertaken on Eden Gardens by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) might not be a complete loss as far as the tournament is concerned, it may be little consolation for the authorities, who were banking on the India match to draw a sell-out crowd.


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Posted by Craig on (February 9, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

Here's a thought. Instead of pandering to the whims of the BCCI which seems to be hell bent on full control of world cricket, why didn't they give this World Cup to a nation or nations that have only held the cup once?? There are several countries who have only held the World Cup once and this will be the sub-continent's third World Cup. England will be slated to hold the cup in 2019 and that will be their 5TH hosting. I am aware that a bidding system is used to decide who gets the cup but it would seem, on this occasion, that the bidding system failed. Perhaps the ICC and the BCCI need to scrutinise more closely how the World Cup preparations are going and do something sooner rather than later. I am an Australia and we will be hosting the Cup next, in 2015, for only the second time. It has been 20 years since the last time, and that is too long.

Posted by Keshav on (February 9, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

The Problem is with world cup organising... why do they inlcude non test playing nations in world cup???. those teams make this tournament boring... they should fall back to old structure.. have 8-9 teams as a single group and let them play against each other..top four for semifinals and than FINALS. that will make each and every match insteresting and attract more audience.. no one will complain about the matches they got for their home state. Their is no doubt that all test playing nations wil make it to quaterfinals and matches will be interesting from than on... unless some low profile team beats one team and enters into quaters to make them even boring....

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 9, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

So people do understand that refurbishing eden is not a just anther day job. Then why didn't the work start early? After the Ind-Eng test in 2008, Chennai didn't host any international match until the renovation was almost complete in December 2010. Even during IPL 2010 one stand wasn't ready but construction was continuing then. But in Kolkata temporary hospitality suites were erected hindering the construction activities.Its the CAB's mistake. According to me this verdict of shifting the Ind-Eng match was harsh on people of Kolkata but nevertheless a necessary one for CAB to realize its position.

Posted by Crick on (February 9, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

Swapping a game with bangalore is not an option, Imagine the massive logistics involved in moving a game: tickets have to be reissued, refunds have to be made, travelling fans have to rebook their journeys (imagine the loss each one stands to make).

Posted by Crick on (February 9, 2011, 7:03 GMT)

@Judhajit, Passion should take precedence over spectator comfort or organizational readiness. This being a global tournament, ICC cannot put a half baked stadium on display. Like one poster mentioned here, CAB may not have worked at the pace they did last week if ICC had not taken the game out. It took a move-out for the administration to understand the gravity of the situation.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2011, 22:01 GMT)

In tournaments like World Cup, they need some high intensity games held at venues which offer drama, craziness. passion and devotion and no other stadium in Inda has all these qualities better than the Eden. Its the people that make the difference. Its like the difference between a house and a home. Its the one who live in it. ICC should have seen that picture before making that decision. I mean its EDEN GARDENS for God's sake and not just any other stadium. Its the Mecca of cricket and it is every cricketers dream to play in a packed Eden Gardens and be a part of the Madness. Thats the essense which will be sadly missing in this world cup. Its the scintillating environment and not the facilities that makes Eden memorable. ICC should have understood that. A mud brick "home" is a way better place than an empty furnished apartment!!

Posted by Rohan on (February 8, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

eden has 82,000 capacity, i wonder if there will be 82 people in the crowd , an eden match is nothing without our team india...........

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

I think 27 fab match should be in Kolkata.Eden is one of the best ground of india.I am not from kolkata but i think eden is beautiful stadium than any other ground.Its not better repeating the same ground for number of matches(Banglore).

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

@Abhimanyu Well you are a bit wrong to compare the preparedness of Chinnaswamy and Eden Gardens for this world cup.Chinnaswamy didn't undergo any renovation and it looks like a decrepit stadium.So you can only compare it with Chepauk or Wankhede.I have to say the most ugly looking cricket stadium in India is the Chinnaswamy stadium.I wish ICC would have asked the KSCA to renovate it.

Posted by Apurva on (February 8, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

@mraviteja: Not sure if you've actually been to the Hyderabad stadium for a game, but your confidence in its "world class" stature is misplaced. It may have good facilities for the players but the spectators are a forgotten lot. No roof to protect from the elements, insufficient arrangements for refreshments or exorbitant prices, toilets are sometimes inaccessible... the list goes on. Speaking from experience.

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