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Cricket World Cup venues behind schedule

Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens will host four matches

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has revealed that preparations at five of the host stadiums for the cricket World Cup are behind schedule.

However, Lorgat 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 19 February.

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

Haroon Lorgat
The stadiums are slightly behind, but they'll be done before the start of the World Cup

Haroon Lorgat
ICC chief executive

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."

Lorgat would not discuss details of the case against Salman Butt, Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif, but expressed himself happy at the way the matter had been dealt with.

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"I believe we have done very well to get to this position with a six-day tribunal that has sat and now we await a judgement," he said.

Lorgat also confirmed that the ICC would consider whether to introduce the Umpire Decision Review System in one-day internationals after it is trialled at the World Cup.

"We will be using it during the World Cup and post the World Cup we will consider it at the next committee meeting," he stated.

England and Australia will become the first sides to use the review system in one-day internationals in their seven-match series which starts in Melbourne on Sunday.



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