ICC confirms Bangalore as India-England match venue

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New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) The ICC today approved BCCI''sproposal to hold the India-England Cricket World Cup tie atBangalore after Eden Gardens was stripped of the right to hostit and said the match will be held on the scheduled date ofFebruary 27.

The Indian Cricket Board had yesterday recommendedBangalore as the alternate venue after the ICC decided toshift the match out of Eden Gardens after an inspection teamof the world body had found the stadium to be under-preparedfor the tie.

"The ICC today confirmed its decision to relocate thevenue for the India v England match in the ICC Cricket WorldCup 2011, which had been originally scheduled for Eden Gardensin Kolkata on 27 February. It will now take place in Bengaluruon the same date," the ICC said in a media release.

ICC Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat said withtoday''s decision to re-locate tie, the stakeholders can nowstart working on the logistics to hold the match in Bangalore.

"The BCCI has responded to the ICC nominating Bengaluruas its preferred alternate venue for the India v Englandmatch, a recommendation the ICC agrees to.

"This decision now clarifies and gives us certainty overthe fixture. We can now work with our various partners andstakeholders to make sure that match � along with the rest ofthe tournament � is all it should be," Lorgat said in thestatement.

The world body said an inspection team will visit EdenGardens to assess the readiness of the stadium for theremaining three matches of the World Cup.

"There will be an inspection of Eden Gardens on 7February to assess progress ahead of remaining three scheduledfixtures in Kolkata," the statement said.

"In a letter to the BCCI yesterday, the ICC outlined aschedule of works that needed to be carried out at EdenGardens ahead of the ground''s other scheduled fixtures on 15,18 and 20 March. As such, an inspection team will visitKolkata again on 7 February to assess progress in line withthat schedule," it said.

The three other matches alloted to Eden Gardens are SouthAfrica vs Ireland (March 15), the Netherlands vs Ireland(March 18) and Zimbabwe vs Kenya (March 20).

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