CAB dubs government procedures as 'clumsy'

Kolkata’s Eden garden is set to host ODI match between India-England on October 25 Getty Images

Kolkata: Oct 12, 2011

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), which is awaiting a state Public Works Department’s (PWD) no objection certificate (NOC) to host an India-England ODI at the Eden Gardens Oct 25, Wednesday dubbed the clearance procedure as “clumsy” and sought support from the state government.

“Kolkata (Eden Gardens) is slated to host several international cricket matches. We are looking for the support from the government. We are following the due procedures and visiting various offices as and when required. But we think there is no need to make the formalities so clumsy. Making them a bit simpler would be appreciated,” CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey told mediapersons here.

A section of the media Tuesday reported that the state PWD has denied the NOC to CAB for the Oct 25 match.

When contacted, Dey said: “It has not been denied. Earlier, we got the NOC during the World Cup matches organised here. A NOC is valid for one year so where is the need for another one?”

PWD Minister Subrata Bakshi, when asked about the matter, told IANS: “I am not the one concerned to answer this.”

Eden Gardens, considered one of the best stadiums in the world, earlier had to face the ignominy of withdrawal of a cricket World Cup match, also featuring India and England, due to non completion of renovation work within the stipulated time.

Earlier, decks were cleared to hold the fifth ODI and one-off T20 International between India and England at Eden Gardens after Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) agreed to take two representatives of PWD in its technical committee as proposed by the West Bengal government.

The Public Works Department (PWD) had been holding the required no-objection certificate for the two scheduled matches after the CAB allegedly refused to include a PWD engineer as a permanent member in CAB technical committee.

“We will give the no-objection certificate,” PWD secretary A R Bardhan told reporters after a meeting with CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey today.

Dey said that CAB has accepted PWD’s proposal to induce two of its representatives in its technical committee.

“We are ready to take two representatives from the PWD,” he said.

PWD minister Subrata Bakshi had said that his department did not want to give the fitness certificate to Eden Gardens as a routine and presence of a PWD engineer in the CAB technical committee would help speedy assessment of the infrastructure there.(IANS/PTI)