Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee have joined hands with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya in an effort to reinstate the India-England match to the Eden Gardens. It is seen as a last gasp effort after ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat turned down the request to extend the deadline to February 7.
“ICC could not accommodate the request. There was too much of logistics and too much of planning that would be involved,” Lorgat reportedly wrote in an e-mail to the BCCI president Shashank Manohar. Dalmiya had requested Manohar to pursue their case after the Eden Gardens was ruled out as the venue for the February 27 World Cup match.
Dalmiya,however,hasn’t give up. He first met the Chief Minister and then in the evening,had a lengthy conversation with the Finance Minister. Around mid-evening,ICC president Sharad Pawar said that Eden’s fate is not yet decided and a final decision would be taken only on Sunday.
It is reliably learnt that the ICCs venue inspection team has forwarded a letter to the BCCI recommending that all four World Cup matches be shifted out of Eden.