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Calcutta: The International Cricket Council (ICC) venue inspection team Thursday reported on the readiness of five outstanding venues scheduled to host matches in the upcoming World Cup.

However, while the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and three Sri Lankan venues have been approved subject to minor finishing work being completed within specified time frames not exceeding 14 days, the ICC decided that Eden Gardens would not be ready within an acceptable time frame to host the India-England World Cup tie, on February 27.

“Of particular concern was the fact that host venue obligations in relation to cricket operations, media, broadcast and sponsorship facilities were not finalised and/or confirmed by the venue,” the ICC said in statement, on Thursday.

The ICC has instructed the Board of Control for Cricket in India to propose an alternate venue for the approval of ICC.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “All venues had ample time in which to prepare for world cup matches.

“We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks.

“The COC had provided venues with a deadline of 30 November 2010 to complete all construction work and then to be match-ready by 31 December 2010.

“An extension was granted by the ICC for five venues, which were again inspected over the past week.

“Sadly, Eden Gardens was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011.

“Regrettably, Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready in good time.

“This was no easy decision to take and while it is most unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary.”

Tournament director Ratnakar Shetty said: “We will work with the new venue, the tour operators and the ticket distributors to manage the logistical challenges that will surely arise.”

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