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ICC shoots down BCCI's plea for Eden fixture

The International Cricket Council has rejected the BCCI's plea to reconsider its decision of shifting the February 27 World Cup match between India and England out of the historic Eden Gardens.

cricket Updated: Jan 29, 2011 14:37 IST

The International Cricket Council has rejected the BCCI's plea to reconsider its decision of shifting the February 27 World Cup match between India and England out of the historic Eden Gardens.

According to reliable sources in the board, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat informed BCCI president Shashank Manohar about the parent body's decision of not considering the Indian Board's request, sent at the behest of the Cricket Association of Bengal.

It has been learnt that the ICC has stuck to its stand and is not ready to consider CAB's appeal that it will hand over the stadium to the ICC on February 7.

"Yes, the BCCI has forwarded the ICC's email which states that they have rejected our plea. As far as we are concerned we are ready to host matches. But if the parent body has already made up its mind, there is little we can do about it," a senior CAB official said.

The state association officials are now in desperate damage control mode and want to ensure the remaining three non India matches are not taken away, which will then leave them in shambles. The historic 100,000 capacity stadium lost the right to host the crucial India-England tie after failing to meet the completion deadline for renovation work.