Eden Gardens was all decked up to hold the 5th ODI between India and West Indies © IANS
Eden Gardens was all decked up to hold the 5th ODI between India and West Indies  but the tour was called off by the WICB © IANS

By Sandipan Banerjee

Oct 17, 2014

Eden Gardens Kolkata is likely to host the first One-day International (ODI) of recently accommodated five match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka after the cancellation of current West Indies series. The historic ground is currently celebrating its 150 years and on November 20 the venue was listed to host the fifth and final ODI against the Caribbean side.

Talking to CricketCountry, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Biswaroop Dey confirmed that CAB has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the first match of the next series. He said, “It is very disappointing that the West Indies will not be playing here, but this decision is taken by their board. So we cannot do anything about this. But as we are celebrating Eden Garden’s 150 years at this time so we have requested BCCI to allot us the first ODI of the Sri Lanka series. BCCI have assured us that they will cooperate with us in every way.”

Dey also confirmed the MAK Pataudi lecture which was scheduled to be delivered by VVS Laxman on October 19 in Kolkata is also cancelled for the time being. It will be delivered during the time period of Eden Garden’s next International match. Though the tour itinerary for the Sri Lanka series is yet to be prepared, but it is most likely that the ODI at the Eden Gardens will be played on November 1.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at Cricket Country. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)