25 Jan 2011

Concern about readiness of Indian cricket stadiums for World Cup

6:00 am on 25 January 2011

An International Cricket Council inspection team is concerned about the readiness of two of India's best known stadiums for the World Cup which starts in less than a month.

The ICC's imspectors have already visited Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, which has been completely rebuilt, and they're heading for Kolkata's Eden Gardens today as organisers rush to overcome construction delays plaguing some venues.

World Cup organisers have dismissed fears of a repeat of last year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, when many venues were seriously delayed and scruffily finished.

The World Cup, jointly hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, opens on February 19, and the final in Mumbai is on April the 2nd.