The Indian cricket board on Friday asked the International Cricket Council to reconsider its decision to shift the India-England World Cup match out of Kolkata. ICC president Sharad Pawar said the world body would decide after January 30 if Eden Gardens should get more time to finish preparations.
The development comes a day after the ICC ruled out Eden Gardens as the venue of the February 27 match, saying the reconstructed stadium was not ready. The president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Jagmohan Dalmiya responded by appealing to the BCCI to ask ICC to reconsider the decision.
"I have forwarded the request from the CAB along with a note of mine to the ICC requesting them to reconsider shifting India's tie against England out of Kolkata. The CAB has conveyed that they will hand over Eden Gardens to the ICC on February 7. We are yet to hear anything from the ICC as of now," BCCI president Shashank Manohar told HT from Nagpur.
In Kanpur, Pawar said: "I have asked the ICC CEO, Haroon Lorgat, to submit a report on January 30 after talks with ICC member countries, especially England, whether they agree to give Eden Gardens time." A BCCI insider, however, said the developments are nothing but a smokescreen. "Since the CAB wrote officially requesting the decision to be reconsidered, the board had no choice but to forward it to the ICC," the insider said, preferring anonymity. "Bangalore should start preparing to host an additional match."
The ICC, on its part, ruled out the possibility of another inspection. "The final inspection was on January 25. To my knowledge, there are no further inspections," Colin Gibson, the ICC's head of media and communications, told HT.
The two things that the CAB believes may have gone against Eden was the confusion over the height of the sightscreens and facilities for the ICC sponsors.