The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the iconic Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata will not host its World Cup match between England and India on 27th February.
An ICC team carried out inspections on five venues and although four - three in Sri Lanka and one in India - were approved subject to work finishing to schedule, Kolkata's was not.
The Indian board (BCCI) must now consider an alternative venue for the match.
“All venues had ample time in which to prepare for world cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks," ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said.
“The COC had provided venues with a deadline of 30 November 2010 to complete all construction work and then to be match-ready by 31 December 2010. An extension was granted by the ICC for five venues, which were again inspected over the past week. Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011.
“Regrettably, Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready in good time. This was no easy decision to take and while it is most unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary,”
The other venues inspected were in Colombo, Pallekele and Hambantota in Sri Lanka and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The World Cup gets underway on 19th February when co-hosts Bangladesh and India meet in Dhaka.
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