ICC team inspects Eden Gardens, media barred entry

Kolkata, Jan 25 (PTI) Media was barred entry into theEden Gardens as the ICC team inspected the under-constructionstadium amid fears that it might not be ready for the WorldCup, scheduled to start on February 19 in the sub-continent.

The Cricket Association of Bengal has already missed twodeadlines, but president Jagmohan Dalmiya said it was a"routine ongoing process that happens before every match andthat there was nothing to worry about".

But the manner in which the four hour-long inspection wascarried out with the CAB issuing a notice denying entry tomedia during the exercise, says something else.

None of the three members of the ICC -- Van FurrenEugiene, Campbell Jamieson and Chris Tetley -- spoke to themedia while tournament director, Ratnakar Shetty, who wasmobbed by the electronic media, somehow managed to sneak out.

Allaying fears that the Eden Gardens would not be readyin time because of the pending renovation work, Dalmiya saidthe delay in progress of work was a misconception.

"The ICC inspection team visited the Eden Gardens andwent through each and every point. It appeared to me that theywere happy. They will send a report in a few days'' time,"Dalmiya told reporters.

Dalmiya blamed the media for giving a wrong picture ofthe renovation work of the historic venue.

"ICC team did not speak about any delay. There was nevera delay. We are going ahead with the progress. The media istrying to say as if today was the match date and we havefailed to host it."

On missing the deadline twice, Dalmiya said, "There wasnever a timeline. It''s an ongoing process and we will be readyby dot February 27. There was no other day in between."

Eden Gardens is scheduled to host four matches onFebruary 27, March 15, March 18 and March 20.

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