ICC''s decision unfavourable and unfortunate: Dalmiya

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Kolkata, Jan 30 (PTI) CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiyatoday termed ICC''s rejection of BCCI''s appeal to reconsiderits decision to take away India-England cricket World Cupmatch from Eden Gardens as "unfavourable and disappointing".

The experienced cricket administrator, however, said thatthe stadium will be cent per cent ready before the February 7deadline, when an ICC inspection team travels to Kolkata.

"It was not a favourable decision. It is unfortunate. Istill strongly feel that it should have come back to Eden. Idon''t know why they have taken this decision. I am stillhopeful that we should get the match," Dalmiya told reporters.

The ICC today formally conveyed to the BCCI about itsinability to hold the India vs England World Cup match at theEden Gardens on February 27 and the BCCI recommended Bangaloreas the alternate venue for the match.

The historic 100,000 capacity stadium lost the right tohost the crucial tie after failing to meet the completiondeadline for renovation work.

Asked about the delayed construction work, Dalmiya said,"Overnight we can''t do magic. We had asked for February 7deadline and if you come on that day, you will see the venuewill be ready."

"On February 7, the venue will be 100 per cent ready.

There will be an ICC inspection team visiting on February 7.

We will show them that the venue is absolutely ready," hesaid.

The BCCI, at the behest of the Cricket Association ofBengal, had appealed to the ICC to extend the completiondeadline for the tie to February 7.

Even West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjeethrew his weight behind the cause. The lobbying for the Edensalso saw Dalmiya calling on Union Finance Minister PranabMukherjee. But all efforts went in vain with the ICC todayrejecting BCCI''s appeal.

Asked if there is any political vendetta behind thedecision, Dalmiya said, "Please don''t ask me this question atthis point of time because I have three more matches to host.

I don''t want to say something which will affect hosting theremaining matches.

"That is your individual opinion. I will get back to youon this after the World Cup is over. I am still hopeful thatwe should get the match," he added.

Asked why even after such rigorous political lobbying, itdidn''t help the cause, Dalmiya said, "No comments. I am not apolitical persons."

Asked if he had spoken to ICC president Sharad Pawarafter the decision, the Cricket Association of Bengalpresident didn''t make any comment.

The India-England clash was to be the only matchfeaturing the co-hosts at the venue and the other scheduledclashes mostly feature minnows.

South Africa-Ireland (March 15), Netherlands-Ireland(March 18) and Zimbabwe-Kenya (March 20) are the other gamesscheduled at the venue.

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