PWD sets up committee to get Eden ready before Feb 7

Kolkata: West Bengal PWD on Monday set up a five-member committee to assist the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) in getting the Eden Gardens ready ahead of the ICC team`s visit here on February 7.

Announcing this here today, state PWD minister Kshiti Goswami said the committee, comprising of experts, would ensure that the CAB complete all pending works in the stadium to get the venue ready for the Cup three matches in March.

The move came after the venue`s first match on February 27 between India and England had been shifted to Bangalore.

"The state PWD has stepped in to help the CAB following requests by its president Jagmohan Dalmiya to complete the pending works in the Eden Gardens ahead of the ICC team`s visit on February 7," Goswami said.

The group B match between India and England was originally scheduled at the Eden Gardens for February 27. But on January 27, the ICC ruled out Kolkata as a host venue after its inspection team deemed the stadium unfit and expressed concerns about the facilities in the ground.

Goswami expressed confidence that work would be completed before February 7, and said there would be no problem in holding the remaining matches.