Kolkata's loss is Bangalore's gain. The ICC has confirmed that the South Indian city's M Chinnaswamy stadium will officially host the India-England World Cup tie on Feb 27th, instead of Kolkata's Eden Gardens as originally planned.
The decision came after the ICC was left unconvinced by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and the BCCI that the Kolkata venue would be ready from its tardy renovation in time. Both the CAB and the Indian board had pleaded and implored the international governing body to extend the deadline by 10 days so that the stadium would be fully prepared by Feb 7. But having already let two deadlines slip by, the ICC was unwilling to provide any more concessions.
Chinnasawmy Stadium is already scheduled to host the 15th World Cup match between Group B teams England and Ireland on Mar 2, as well as 22nd WC match between India and Ireland on March 6, before becoming the venue to 35th match, between Australia and Canada from Group A on March 16.