Cricket World Cup venues behind schedule


According to a BBC Sports report, Lorgat says he is confident all venues for the tournament in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be ready on time.

“I’m sure they will be ready,” said Lorgat. “All of our reports do not indicate anything like what transpired during the Commonwealth Games.”

The opening match between India and Bangladesh takes place on 19th February.

Of most concern is the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which is to host the final on 2nd April, but which is still undergoing major renovations.

The report further revealed that there are similar problems at the 80,000-seat Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Indian sport is still smarting from the debacle of last year’s Commonwealth Games, when several teams threatened to pull out because of unfinished or substandard facilities.

However, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council is playing down any concerns.

“The stadiums are slightly behind,” he said. “There are four in particular, but they’ll be done before the start of the World Cup.”

Lorgat also denied suggestions that the outcome of the spot-fixing hearings against three Pakistan players, due to be announced on 5 February, could tarnish the ICC’s showpiece event.

“There is some time between the verdict and the start of the tournament,” Lorgat added. “It is one of the reasons why we were keen to have it well before the start of the World Cup.”

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