Kolkata, Jan 28 (Agencies): To retain the glory of the biggest cricketing venue, Eden Garden by holding the match between India and England there, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Friday urged BCCI chief Shashank Manohar to take the matter to the ICC.

“We confirm that we will hand over a completed Eden Gardens to the ICC on February 7. We request the ICC to elaborate on the specific requirements to ensure that we hand over the ready venue by February 7,” Dalmiya wrote to Manohar.

The venue for the India-England match, which was scheduled to be held on February 27 at Eden Garden, was shifted on grounds of incomplete construction and in view of the ICC probe team report that said Eden Gardens would not be ready by February 27.

"Regrettably, Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready in good time," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, had said.

"This was no easy decision to take and while it is most unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary."

Earlier, Eden Gardens had twice missed the deadline for stadium completion and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had asked for a renewed deadline till February 5.

The ICC has given a renewed deadline till January 31 for completion of the stadium as Eden is lagging behind in construction work.

However, the CAB president earlier had expressed confidence that renovation work at the Eden Gardens will be completed well before February 27.

The ICC had previously raised concerns about progress of Eden's renovation work after the CAB failed to meet the November 30, 2010 deadline.

The famed Eden Gardens is scheduled to hold four matches in the World Cup.


BCCI takes up issue

Later in the evening BCCI reverted on the Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya’s  statement in a positive way.

"We are writing a letter to the ICC to reconsider its decision. But it is up to the ICC to decide. We are still hopeful that Eden Gardens can host the match," a top BCCI official said on Friday.

"We will work with the new venue, the tour operators and the ticket distributors to manage the logistical challenges that will surely arise," he had said.

Sharad Pawar on Friday intimated that the venue Eden Gardens may still host the India-England match if the member countries agree to it.

Pawar confirmed that BCCI President Shashank Manohar wrote a letter to him requesting to give another deadline of February 7 to complete work at the Eden Gardens.

He said the ICC will take a decision only after January 30 whether the match will be held in Bangalore or in Kolkata as scheduled earlier.


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