Delayed World Cup stadiums 'will be ready'

Mumbai: The delay in work at two World Cup venues in the country notwithstanding, tournament director Prof. Ratnakar Shetty today expressed confidence that it will be completed on time for the cricketing mega event, scheduled to begin next month.

"There are a lot of speculation about the venues. I fully assure you that we are fully prepared. We are ready to stage this great event that comes once in four years," Shetty said during a promotional event for the 2011 World Cup here.

"I want to assure you that all the venues, including Wankhede stadium are fully prepared and are geared up for the event.
All the media friends will have a look into the venues. We will formally have a media presentation after the end of the final round of visits (by an ICC team) on the 25th (January) at the Eden Gardens," he added.

"We have a final visit only for two venues in India, Kolkata on 25th and 24th at the Wankhede stadium. This is a small ICC committee which overlooks the entire preparedness. I can assure you that even before this committee visits that both these venues will be ready.

"There is just some finishing going on. And the same thing for the three venues in Sri Lanka to be prepared. They are putting in all their best efforts. No venue would like to lose out staging an international match, that too for a World Cup. Therefore, no compromise would be done," Shetty said.

ICC President Sharad Pawar, who also heads the Mumbai Cricket Association, too echoed in Shetty's sentiments and allayed any fears over delay in the completion of work at the Wankhede stadium.

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