Edens fate as WC host to be known tomorrow

Kanpur: International Cricket Council President Sharad Pawar on Saturday said a final decision on whether the Eden Gardens would get to host World Cup matches would only be taken tomorrow.

The historic stadium in Kolkata lost the February 27 match between India and England after it failed to meet the completion deadline for renovation work. Three more matches are scheduled at the venue.

The BCCI, at the behest of the Cricket Association of Bengal, appealed to the ICC to extend the completion deadline for the India-England tie to February 7 but that has been rejected by the ICC.

Pawar said he would get a report on the stadium`s preparedness from ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat today and a final decision would be taken only tomorrow.

"I will get the report this evening. After that, an ICC Committee will deliberate on whether Eden will host the matches or not," Pawar said here.

"Fans from other countries would be also be coming to see the World Cup and they would have made their travel plans much in advance. Any last-minute change would hassle them," he added.

The India-England clash was to be the only match featuring the co-hosts at the venue and the other scheduled clashes mostly feature minnows.

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