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Lorgat admits ICC World Cup is behind schedule

The ICC’s chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, today revealed that preparations at least five of the stadiums for the upcoming cricket World Cup are currently running behind schedule.

Despite this, Lorgat remains confident that all venues for the one-day international tournament, to be held in the sub-continent countries of India, Sri Lanka, and also Bangladesh, should be ready on time.

At a press conference to discuss a number of matters in the world of cricket, Lorgat stressed that he is sure the stadiums will be ready in time and rushed to distance preparations for the tournament as being anything close to how worrying those for the Commonwealth Games were.

The opening match will take between two of the host nations, India and Bangladesh, and will be played on the 19th of February.  Of most concern at the moment is the Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium that is to host the competitions final on the 2nd of April but is still undergoing huge renovations. Similar problems are being experienced at the 80,000-seater, the Eden Gardens, which is also in Mumbai.

Lorgat was also there to deny suggestions that the spot-fixing hearings waged against three Pakistani players will probably tarnish the credibility of the ICC’s reputation and the impact that its showpiece event can have. Although interviewers tried to draw him in, Lorgat wouldn’t discuss any further details of the current case against captain Salman Butt and two of his younger teammates, namely Mohammed Amir and fast bowler Mohammed Asif.

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