Kolkata, Feb 14 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Cricketing greats Kapil Dev and Steve Waugh said that they were disappointed to see that the crucial India-England match was removed from Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens stadium.
“It is a shame that India-England match was removed from here, I feel sorry for the people that they are not getting important matches here. Kolkata deserved better,” former Australian skipper Steve Waugh said.
India’s only World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev feels that the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) also shares responsibility and blame for not being able to prepare the stadium in time.
“Board should have taken the matter and completed the stadium earlier,” he said.
“I am not supporting CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) president Jagmohan Dalmiya nor BCCI, everybody should have come together to host a match,” Dev mentioned.
Kapil Dev also said that as Eden Gardens is an important venue the ‘personal agenda’ should not have come in hosting matches in this stadium.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken away India-England match for Feb 27 from Eden after the inspection team said the stadium was under prepared for hosting a World Cup match on that date.
Eden is scheduled to host three WC matches not featuring India. They are South Africa-Ireland (March 15), Netherlands-Ireland (March 18) and Zimbabwe-Kenya (March 20).