The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has nominated the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore as a replacement for Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which will not be ready in time to stage the India v England match in the 2011 World Cup.
The match will take place on 27th February and the iconic ground was one of five inspected earlier this month that did not pass checks made by a team from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In a statement, the BCCI confirmed:
"The ICC has conveyed to the BCCI that it will not be able to hold the India Vs England match of the ICC CWC 2011 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 27 February 2011.
"The BCCI has recommended Bengaluru (Bangalore) as the alternate venue."
The ICC responded quickly, confirming that Bangalore will host the match between England and India, chief executive Haroon Lorgat commenting:
“This decision now clarifies and gives us certainty over the fixture. We can now work with our various partners and stakeholders to make sure that match – along with the rest of the tournament – is all it should be.”
Bangalore is already scheduled to host four other matches during the World Cup, which begins on 19th February and ends on 2nd April.
The Eden Gardens ground will now undergo a second inspection on 7th February during which its suitability to host matches on 15th, 18th and 20th March will be assessed.
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