ICC clears Eden Gardens for three matches

Kolkata, Feb 8 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that it was encouraged by the progress made towards completing the necessary construction work at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The three-person ICC inspection team, which visited the ground on Monday, still believes that the outstanding work can be completed in time to host the three ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches, scheduled for Eden Gardens on 15, 18 and 20 March.

Following the inspection, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “We are pleased with the progress made since January 25 and if that pace of work is maintained, we believe that the stadium will be ready for the games scheduled in March.”

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Monday had said it was expecting positive results after the 3-member team of International Cricket Council (ICC) completed inspection of the stadium to determine the fate of three World Cup matches next month.

ICC’s Cris Tetley, Cambell Jamieson and Eugene Van Vuren reviewed the completed works inside the Eden Gardens for over two hours, accompanied by the officials of the CAB.

They inspected the stadium, including the contentious areas like media box, third umpire box, side-screens, the uncovered blocks, the radio commentary box and the match commissioner enclosure.

Eden is scheduled to hosts three none-Indian WC matches – South Africa-Ireland (March 15), Netherlands-Ireland (March 18) and Zimbabwe-Kenya (March 20).

The ICC has taken away India-England match for February 27 from Eden on January 27 after its Jan 25’s inspection team said the stadium was under prepared for hosting a World Cup match.

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