Kolkata, Feb 01 (Agencies): After the International Cricket Council (ICC) asked the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to complete renovation including the remaining roof construction work at the Eden Gardens, the CAB stated that it was not possible to cover all the stands ahead of three matches.

"But how is that possible in such a short time? Even the Lords ground does not have cover over all the stands," said a CAB official.

"Eighty percent of the blocks in the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Dhaka's Mirpur do not have any shade. But the opening match is slated to be held there," claimed the CAB official.

At present, four of the stands at the Eden Gardens - J, E, D, D1 - are open. The four newly built blocks - B, C, K and L - have the structure to hold the overhead covering, but the CAB does not have any plan to install the roof now.

"We had made it clear to the ICC at the outset that we will not put any roof over these stands. Then they did not say anything. Now at the 11th hours, they are making these demands".

"We have given a point to point reply to their mail. And we have categorically mentioned that we cannot undertake the roof construction work now. If they take away the remaining games on this account, so be it," he said.

The ICC on January 27 ruled the Eden Gardens was unsuitable for the tie due to its unpreparedness. The scrapping of the match followed an adverse report from the ICC venue inspection team.

Following an appeal from CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya, Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Shashank Manohar requested ICC to consider the demand, but the international body turned it down on Sunday night.

The Eden Gardens is slated to host South Africa vs. Ireland (March 15), the Netherlands vs. Ireland (March 18), and Zimbabwe vs. Kenya (March 20).