The ICC has categorically rejected the BCCI's plea to reconsider holding the Indian Vs England Group B World Cup tie at Kolkata's Eden Gardens itself and is adamant that the match be shifted to another venue. Now the BCCI is hoping that ICC President Sharad Pawar will intervene on their behalf, especially after he hinted that there might ot be a change in venue after all.
A couple of days after the ICC ruled out Kolkata as the venue due to tardy renovation work and Bangalore was tipped to host the match instead, the BCCI had backed the Cricket Association of Bengal's (CAB) plea to the ICC to reconsider the move.
BCCI president Shashank Manohar said that the board had sent a letter to the ICC, as the CAB had done on Thursday, asking for the ICC to think again about the decision.
On Thursday the ICC ruled out Kolkata as the host venue for the February 27 clash, after the tournament's inspection committee found the ground in state of acute unpreparedness. Late on Thursday, Jagmohan Dalmiya, the CAB president, pleaded in a letter addressed to the ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat to be given a further extension of ten days. The letter was forwarded to the ICC by the BCCI.