Pawar conveys ICC decision to CM

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011, 00:03 AM IST

Kolkata: The ICC has formally conveyed its decision to the West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya that there will be no India vs England match at Eden Gardens.

ICC chief Sharad Pawar called the chief minister in the evening to convey the decision, state Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharjee said here this evening.

"The chief minister said it is very sad that after so much effort by him the match could not be brought back. It`s very unfortunate," Bhattacharjee told PTI over phone from Siliguri.

"The chief minister had tried his best, but it was not successful... (ICC chief) Pawar called the Chief Minister around 7 pm and told him about the ICC`s decision that holding the match at Eden Gardens is impossible as eight members of the ICC are against it," Bhattacharjee said.

"Along with the whole state we are equally sorry, so much effort went in vain. Me, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and PWD minister Kshiti Goswami were supposed to visit Delhi on February 1 as suggested by the CM, but everything has become futile now," the minister rued.

The West Bengal chief minister had earlier intervened in the matter after the ICC took the decision to shift the India match from Kolkata.

PTI