Mumbai: BCCI has ignored India's finest stadium, Eden Gardens in Kolkota, while deciding on the venues to host the seven ODIs against Australia in October-November.
Eden Gardens, popularly called the Lord's of Asia is the oldest cricket ground in India and also one of the finest in the world. It was established in the year 1864 and has the largest accommodation as compared to all the grounds in the world.
Eden Gardens has hosted several important matches including the 1987 World Cup final in which Allan Border's Australia defeated overwhelming favourites England, the Hero Cup in 1993 in which India beat the West Indies in the finals (Anil Kumble taking six for 12 - the best ODI bowling figures by an Indian), and the historical 2000/01 test against the Australians which is considered the greatest test comeback by a team.
Harbhajan Singh also became the first Indian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket in that game.
The last ODIs played in Eden Garden was on February 8, 2007, between India and Sri Lanka. The last test match played on this ground was on the same year-against Pakistan - between November 30 and December 4, 2007.
The venues for ODIs and Tests are allotted by the BCCI on a rotation basis, and it's surprising to note that Eden Gardens not getting an international tie for so long.