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ICC no to Eden; City set to get tie

Last Updated 30 January 2011, 19:01 IST

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement that his organisation had recommended to the ICC that Bangalore should be the match venue. The ICC is expected to formalise the change on Monday.

ICC President Sharad Pawar also called West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacherjee to convey the decision after Eden Gardens failed to meet construction deadlines set by the world body.

However, the ICC agreed to give the Cricket Association of Bengal run by Jagmohan Dalmiya time till February 7 to   complete the remaining work so that Eden Gardens could be considered for three other World Cup matches scheduled for March 15, 18 and 20.

The ICC will make another inspection on February 7 to assess the venue's readiness for hosting the other three matches — South Africa vs Ireland (March 15), the Netherlands vs Ireland (March 18) and Zimbabwe vs Kenya (March 20).

Dalmiya, who seemed shaken by the ICC decision, alleged that no specific reason had been given for denying Eden the February 27 match. However, an ICC spokesman said the reasons had been explained in detail in a letter to the BCCI.

“In the letter to the BCCI, the ICC has explained in detail what the venue needs to do to meet venue requirements to an acceptable standard,” he said.

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(Published 30 January 2011, 14:34 IST)

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