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Eden match: Dalmiya requests ICC for extension

January 28, 2011 16:01 IST

Local organisers have made a last-ditch effort to have Kolkata's Eden Gardens reinstated as the venue for the high-profile India v England World Cup match.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) dropped the venue on Thursday after it missed the final Jan. 25 deadline but organisers have asked for an extension and promised the venue would be ready to hand over by February 7.

In addition to the India v England game on Feb 27, Eden Gardens had been scheduled to host three other World Cup matches on March 15, 18 and 20.

Kolkata's failure to have its stadium ready is the latest blow to India's ambition of showing off its growing financial clout after the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last October were blighted by shoddy construction, dirty housing and organisational blunders.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Jagmohan Dalmiya has sent a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking them to contact the ICC to request the extension and to get specifics on the ICC's concerns.

"If these details are conveyed to us with immediate effect, we would ensure that all of these requirements are met by the suggested specified deadline of Feb. 7," Dalmiya wrote in the letter.

"We will take cognizance of all the ICC's concerns pertaining to 'cricketing, broadcast, media, sponsor hospitality and tickets requirements', which are reasonable, if we are allowed the extended deadline of 10 days.

"Finally, we also state that we will address the bulk of the ICC concerns by Jan 31 itself and the remaining little, if any, in another seven days."

An ICC committee report approved three Sri Lanka venues -- Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele -- and Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, the venue for the final, subject to minor finishing work being completed within 14 days.

"There's no change to the situation from yesterday," an ICC representative told Reuters an email.

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