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Lorgat defends World Cup stadium preparations

Brydon Coverdale

January 15, 2011

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Work in progress at Eden Gardens ahead of the ODI against Sri Lanka, Kolkata, December 8, 2009
World Cup preparations at several stadiums like the Eden Gardens in Kolkata are still running behind schedule, but the ICC is confident the venues will be ready in time for the tournament © AFP

World Cup preparations at several stadiums are still running behind schedule, but the ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, remains confident there will be no Commonwealth Games-style last-minute dash to complete the work. The opening World Cup game is five weeks away, but several venues, including Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which will host the final, are not yet ready.

Last month, an ICC inspection team confirmed that Wankhede Stadium and Eden Gardens in Kolkata, had failed to meet the November 30 construction deadline, and if they weren't ready by January 15, there could be no guarantees they would be handed over for the ICC event. That date has now arrived, but Lorgat played down concerns about the state of the grounds.

"You're probably referring to Kolkata or Wankhede," Lorgat said in Melbourne, when asked about the readiness of the venues. "There are certain stadia that are behind our schedule; we would have liked them to have been completed [by now]. I certainly do not envisage, and all of our reports do not indicate, anything like what transpired during the Commonwealth Games.

"The stadiums are slightly behind - there's four in particular, I think - but we'll be done before the start of the World Cup. Most of the stadiums are complete and ready. There are no alarm bells ringing. I'm sure that we'll be ready well before the start of the World Cup."

The lead-up to last year's Delhi Commonwealth Games was dominated by eleventh-hour efforts to get all the venues up and running, despite the city having had seven years to prepare. The World Cup is arguably more complicated in that it is being held at 13 grounds across three countries, and construction work is just one issue.

Ensuring security at all the stadiums has been another major task for the ICC, but Lorgat said he was happy with the measures in place. He said the organisation had matured in terms of infrastructure and management of security issues, and a more robust process was in place than might have been the case in the past.

"All full-members have now got a security manager and the ICC has got a security manager, unlike in the past where we might have been relying entirely on independent experts or police agencies to provide the security," he said. "We've got quite a co-ordinated approach which has matured very well. I'm quite confident with the measures that we've got in place ... that it will be well done."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (January 17, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

it will be a shame if eden gardens is not ready for world cup and the games there have to be move to a different stadium. as is one stadium i never got to see on tv is eden gardens and am looking forward to seeing some of these satdium on my tv

Posted by Enamul on (January 17, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

Asis Rout @ Well my friend I dont feel any affect over non allotment of the matches or curtailing Pakistan from the WC hos listt,still the interest among the cricket lovers remains huge. I think this WC is going to be best ever one.

Posted by Eshwar Amarnath on (January 17, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

Well !! As always, China is always ahead of India. And rightly so, China is the super power of olympics, and India is super power of cricket, which is just a droplet in the ocean. We must not forget, when India was not the super power, we did forget and forgive a lot of incidents. For example, the michael slater episode, where venkat had to face fusillade of missiles from slater !!!

Posted by naishadh on (January 17, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

dont worry guys..if there is any problem with kolkata or wankhede, there is always another choice..Rajiv ghandi international stadium, hyd. you even inform one day before and the management will make it match ready.. and fans will pour in..i think not many must have forgotten the record 33000+ crown for a dead rubber test between india newzeland!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 16, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

The stadiums of Kolkatta,Mumbai and Chennai were renovated.So one from Srilanka or Bangladesh are not meeting the expectations of the ICC according to Logat.Hope the work in Eden Gardens and Wankhede stadium will be over in time.But this world cup will have a lesser public participation compared to 1996 due to non-allotment of matches in Pakistan as well as in other smaller venues in India like Cuttack,Patna,Faridabad etc.I wonder if there will be many takers for a Holland-Ireland match at Eden Gardens?The worst WC is definitely the 1999 one in England with its 4000 seater county grounds and players had to travel for hours in their bus to reach from one town to another.I wonder why not many criticize that WC?2007 was a bit of farce due to ICC and umpiring in the final with Ponting forced to bowl in pitch darkness .LOL!

Posted by Dimuthu on (January 16, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

@Paddy Mohan - i wouldnt call Beijing 2008 a "super show" considering how much the local population suffered for it, but let's leave that aside. i wonder how the preparation compares to 1996 when India was not the 'superpower' it is now. looks like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are more or less sticking to schedule, which sounds great. Esp since Sri Lanka is building 2 grounds from scratch and doing a total refurb at Premadasa.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 16, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

but we need to consider out of 13 stadiums ind-8,sri-3,ban-2 so india out of those 8 only eden gardens is left out so its good going in my view..

Posted by Mohammad on (January 16, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

Lorgat defends World Cup stadium preparations, what else yo can expect from him, he is there to defend India in all way despite of ICC inspection team confirmation that India had failed to meet the November 30 construction deadline. Lorgatt is now doubt a patriotic Indian and heading ICC (Indian Cricket Council). No further comments........

Posted by Flynn on (January 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

Lets Hope for Haroons sake the Stadiums will be ready and up to par with Standards! Or he'll have a heck load of Issues if it's not from all Participating Countries....All the best India. I applaud Bangladesh though for being ahead of the rest.

Posted by Jay on (January 15, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

This attitude from the ICC and Haroon Lorgat ascertains India's super power status in world cricket. Gosh how the other countries envy India's position !!! having said that though India has a history of falling behind schedule in many things yet they deliver the final product in all its glory. I can only wonder how they do it.

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