Eden Gardens to lose Ind Vs Eng tie?

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Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 16:24 [IST]
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Eden Gardens to lose Ind Vs Eng tie?

Bad news for cricket fans from Kolkata. The ICC is strongly considering shifting the key India vs England World Cup clash out of the Eden Gardens.

The venue which has hosted the 1987 World Cup final and a semi-final during the 1996 event has been running behind schedule in its renovation work.

Recently, media was barred entry into the Eden Gardens as the ICC team inspected the under-construction stadium amid fears that it might not be ready for the World Cup, scheduled to start on February 19 in the sub-continent.

ICC is clearly worried since Kolkata hosts 4 World Cup games, but the first one is on 27th February between India and England. Bangalore, Delhi or Cuttack are being talked about as possible alternatives for that game.

The Cricket Association of Bengal has already missed two deadlines, but president Jagmohan Dalmiya said it was a "routine ongoing process that happens before every match and that there was nothing to worry about".

But the manner in which the four hour-long inspection was carried out with the CAB issuing a notice denying entry to media during the exercise, says something else.

None of the three members of the ICC -- Van Furren Eugiene, Campbell Jamieson and Chris Tetley -- spoke to the media while tournament director, Ratnakar Shetty, who was being hounded by the electronic media, somehow managed to sneak away.


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