ICC to visit Eden to assess preparations for non-India matches

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Kolkata, January 31 (PTI) Having lost out on the India-England match, question marks still remain on the CricketAssociation of Bengal''s preparedness to host the threenon-India World Cup matches in March, and the ICC team willinspect it again on Feburary 7 to assess progress.

As per the ICC''s outline that has been intimated to CAB,the roof consturction work in all the blocks should becompleted by February 14 when the world governing body will behere for the second round of inspection.

However, in its reply, the CAB has expressed itsinability to cover the roof with metal sheet in all theblocks, thus raising the possibility of losing the March 15,March 18 and March 20 games.

CAB treasurer Subir Ganguly argued that nowhere the roofsare covered, so it''s fine with Eden Gardens.

"There is nothing to worry about. We can''t have shade inall the blocks within this timeframe. Does the stadium inBangladesh have roof covers?" Ganguly asked.

"They have already taken away the prime match. We willshow the world that the venue is ready by February 7. Now it''sup to them. You go to Bangladesh, even the road leading fromairport to the stadium is not completed but they have noobjection there," was Ganguly''s arguement.

The ICC in it mail has specified the works for eachof its inspection as they will have their final round onFebruary 22.

As per the mail, the ICC wants Eden Gardens to be readywith all concrete, structural work, seating arrangements,media broadcasting centre (50 per cent completion), fitting ofAC and power equipment by February 7.

Likewise, ICC has specified a set of eight guidelines fortheir inspection on February 14 and 22.

"We have sent the reply specifying that we will be readyby February 7. We still maintain that we can host theIndia-England match," CAB joint-secretary Biswarup Dey said.

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