Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Venue problems for ICC

The International Cricket Council has acknowledged its decision to take 2011 World Cup cricket battles out of Pakistan for the reason of security problems regarding the terrorist activities like bomb blasting and many others.

The 2011 World Cup was a major conversation issue throughout the second day of its Board meeting at Lord's.

They also took the verdict to shift the 2010 Under-19 World Cup from Kenya on the road to New Zealand.

“The IDI Board confirmed in its advance conclusion that matches in the contest will not be played in Pakistan and asked the four host countries to come in concert to determine where the matches originally set to take place in Pakistan should now take place," ICC President David Morgan said.

“The Central Organizing Committee has been asked to come back to the Board as soon as probable with an approval, and once the Board has that then it will conclude the locations for those games.

“The Board remains loyal to resolve this problem as soon as possible as there is a vital need to press on with preparations for the ICC’s flagship event, now less than two years to go.”

On the pronouncement to move the Under-19 World Cup from Kenya to New Zealand, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat added:

“We have been effective with Kenya to check their advancement towards enactment the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup for some time, with visits to the locations allocated for matches and standard reports to the ICC Board.

“Inopportunely, the conclusion reached was that the quantity of work still to be done to get lots of the venues ready was such that retaining Kenya as a host represented too great a risk to the successful dramatization of the event.

“It is a difficult conclusion to have reached and an unfortunate one from the perspectives of both the ICC and Cricket Kenya, but with only just eight months to go before the scheduled start, we could not progress on the basis of on tenterhooks that the whole thing would be complete next February.

“The ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup is the chief contour event in the ICC’s development calendar. Coverage of the matches is broadcast all around the world and it would be a recognized stepping stone for the young players to accommodate to the full international standard level.

“By way of examples, seeing as the latest edition of the tournament, in Malaysia in February/March 2008, India’s Virat Kohli, Wayne Parnell of South Africa and New Zealand’s Tim Southee have all moved out on to play for their countries.

“We expect Kenya will be able to host the ICC events in the future and we are gratifying to New Zealand Cricket for its put forward to stage the tournament. It did so effectively in 2002 and we look forward to it doing so again in 2010.”

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