NEW DEHLI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the Indian board’s request to keep Eden Gardens in Kolkata as the venue for the World Cup match between the hosts and England on February 27.
The ICC had asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to find an alternative venue because Eden Gardens was under-prepared. In an email to the BCCI President Shashank Manohar, the ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the request had been turned down.
“I told him the ICC could not accommodate the request as there was too much of logistics that would be involved,” said Lorgat.
The Cricket Association of Bengal, which has its headquarters at Eden Gardens, asked the ICC to give another extension, promising to have the work completed by February 7.
Canada pleads to the ICC
Meanwhile, Canada have pleaded with the ICC to help their three Pakistan-born players obtain visas to enter India for the World Cup.
Vice-captain Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan and Hamza Tariq are all still awaiting their Indian visas. The delay has prompted Cricket Canada to demand the schedule be altered so that matches are switched to co-hosts – if the problem persists.
Cricket Canada President Ranjit Saini wrote to the ICC, “We hope that the ICC have contingency plans to ensure that the matches are played elsewhere if the visa is not processed on time or rejected.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2011.
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