World Cup venues approved by ICC

The ICC has approved the venues expected to stage matches for the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

Don Lockerbie, ICC's venue development director, said the nine host countries had prepared well for what is believed to be the biggest sporting event ever staged in the region. "All the venues are on stream and we are doing mighty fine. We are where we believe we should be at this time," Lockerbie said.

Lockerbie visited the Kensington Oval, the venue for the April 28 final. He said the only venue that concerned him was the Brian Lara Stadium being constructed in Trinidad, which will stage pre-tournament matches from March 2 to 9.

"We believe it started too late and they are pitching at 15000 seats. All we really require for pre-tournament matches is around 5000 seats," he said. "We are looking good and we will be ready to host the cricket world in style." Lockerbie added that problems with cement shortages were being overcome.

Pre-tournament matches are to be staged at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad, Oval in Barbados, Greenfield Park and Trelawney in Jamaica, and Arnos Vale in St. Vincent. The opening match will be at Trelawney on March 11, with games also played at Kensington Oval, Barbados; Sabina Park, Jamaica; Beauseujour, St Lucia; Warner Park, St. Kitts; The Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua; Queen's Park, Grenada; Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad; and the new Providence Stadium, Guyana.