Conspiracy behind India-England match shift: Dalmiya

Kolkata, Feb 24 (PTI) Cricket Association of BengalPresident Jagmohan Dalmiya today accused the ICC of conspiringagainst him when the world body shifted the India�EnglandWorld Cup match from Eden Gardens.

"A great injustice had been done to CAB. While otherstadia in the sub-continent were given time, we were notallowed to extend the period for the renovation work uptoFebruary 7," Dalmiya told reporters here.

Asked whether shifting of the World Cup match was a"cricketing and political conspiracy" against him, the formerICC president countered "if this is not a conspiracy then whatcan be a conspiracy?"

"It was not cricket," he said.

Referring to his stint at the helm of ICC, Dalmiya said,"I was the President when the 1999 World Cup took placein England. I was also the BCCI President when the 2003 WorldCup took place....(And this time) on behalf of the CAB I hadassured that we would assist the ICC for any exercise and theCAB would be prepared to pay for all the additional expensesfor the same.

"But the CAB''s earnest request fell on deaf ears despitethe fact that the scheduled India vs England match on February27 was still 20 days away whereas other stadia in thesub-continent were allotted time for completion," he claimed.

Reiterating that "it is a tremendous injustice to EdenGardens despite being often referred as the Mecca of cricket,"Dalmiya rued, "the adamant stand of ICC has disappointed thecricket lovers of Bengal.

"I know how to deal in such situation. I could have askedfor the Mumbai match, but I did not," he said.

The CAB President also wanted to know "how the Premadasastadium in Sri Lanka is hosting a World Cup match." PTI CORSUS PDS

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