Construction work still in progress at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, even after the ICC, highest authority in the game of Cricket, decided it would not host the ICC World Cup 2011 game between India and England on February 27 at this venue due to delay in the works and the present condition of the stadium.
Meanwhile the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Jagmohan Dalmiya, has appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC), through the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), asking for the deadline for completion of work at Eden Gardens to be extended for 10 more days.
It is a high profile game on February 27 between two most favourite teams, India and England, to win the ICC world cup in 2011. Eden Gardens and Kolkata has tremendous importance in the cricketing history of India as success rate for Indians here is much higher and ‘Men in Blues’ too like making it big here. Most of all the audience at Eden Gardens in Kolkata is more “Cricket Literate” than anywhere else in India.
Dalmiya, the president of CAB, insisted that the Eden Gardens would be ready in time to host the February 27 match, and further added that it surely would be ‘Match Ready’ by February 7. Dalmiya believes that the extra few days and speed up in the construction work would help them (Cricket Association of Bengal) to have everything in order to host the game.
It is even possible that other matches are also moved away from the Kolkata that are currently scheduled at later dates in March at Eden Gardens. If the ICC finds the speed of construction and renovation work unsatisfactory, it is likely to move the other games away from the venue too.
Apart from the high profile India vs England match other fixtures at Eden includes Ireland vs South Africa on March 15, Ireland vs Holland on March 18 and Kenya vs Zimbabwe on March 20. If this matches are shifted from CAB to some other association in India it would be up to the BCCI to reallocate them in time before the ICC World Cup 2011.
It is more likely that Bangalore is going to host the game for Kolkata and it may create some problems for the English team and also for thousands of fans and supporters traveling to India for the world cup fixtures. They may be forced to reschedule their plans and may need to buy some reserved tickets for the games and flights as well.
Announcement from ICC’s inspection team came two days after the tournament director, Ratnakar Shetty, said all the venues would be ready by the World Cup. In an important note Eden Gardens has not hosted an international cricket match in any format since last February when the construction and redevelopment work began there. Media is not allowed to have a look at the construction and redevelopment works and is currently banned at the venue.
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