1 Feb 2011

Kolkata ground in race against time for cricket World Cup

11:55 am on 1 February 2011

The International Cricket Council will visit Kolkata's Eden Gardens in India next Monday to find out if it can host its three remaining World Cup games after confirming the India-England match will be moved to Bangalore.

Cricket's governing body announced last week it would take the February the 27th clash between India and England away from the venue because of a delay in renovation work.

The ICC said on Monday it had accepted the Indian board's (BCCI) proposal to move the match to Bangalore, adding it would make a further check on progress in Kolkata next week.

Kolkata's race against time is mirroring Delhi's struggle to get ready for last year's Commonwealth Games when most of the venues missed several deadlines and it took a mad, last-minute scramble by the red-faced government to salvage the event.

The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which hosts the cricket world cup final on April the 2nd, and all three venues in Sri Lanka have been cleared subject to completion of work within two weeks.

With the February the 27th game shifted to Bangalore, Eden Gardens has been left without a match featuring the home side.