Bengal cricket body lashes out at ICC, BCCI

Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 10:00 AM IST

Kolkata: The Jagmohan Dalmiya-led Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Thursday lashed out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for its decision to shift an India-England World Cup match from the Eden Gardens to another venue.

The ICC and the BCCI took the decision on the ground that the cricket stadium is still undergoing renovation and construction, and hence, would not be ready for the match.

Crying foul, the CAB said that the ground is match fit and termed the decision to shift the match as a “conspiracy” against Bengal cricket.

CAB officials said that they had not been informed by the ICC or the BCCI about the decision, and added that the ground is fully ready and the problem was only with the galleries.

Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had in consultation with the Indian cricket board decided to shift the 2011 World Cup match between India and England from the Eden Gardens here, as renovation and construction work has been delayed.

The ICC said on Thursday that the Eden Gardens stadium would not be ready to host its first World Cup game on 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,” International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

The ICC did not reveal where the game would be played. Three other fixtures are scheduled to take place in Kolkata.

The decision is bound to cause intense disappointment in cricket-crazy Kolkata, where an estimated 80,000 spectators were expected to pack the famous stadium.

ANI