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England's second World Cup group match has been moved to Bangalore after fears that Eden Gardens would not be ready in time

England’s World Cup group match against co-hosts India has been moved from Kolkata’s 100,000 stadium Eden Gardens to Bangalore.

The February 27 fixture had initially been slated to be hosted at Eden Gardens but the venue lost the match last week after an ICC inspection team decided it would not be ready in time.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India nominated the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, which holds over 40,000, as its preferred alternative and the ICC agreed.

England will now play two consecutive matches in Bangalore as their following group game against Ireland is set to take place in the same city on March 2.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “This decision now clarifies and gives us certainty over the fixture. We can now work with our various partners and stakeholders to make sure that match - along with the rest of the tournament - is all it should be.”

Eden Gardens, meanwhile, still have a chance to host group matches on March 15, 18 and 20.

Although the games - Ireland’s matches against South Africa and the Netherlands as well as Kenya versus Zimbabwe - are nowhere near as high-profile as an India game against one of their fellow favourites, they still represent a chance to be involved with the World Cup.

A new inspection of renovation work at the ground will now take place on February 7 with a view to ratifying the remaining fixtures if sufficient progress has been made.

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