Lloyd impressed with B~~desh venues

Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Former West Indies captain and ICC match referee Clive Lloyd, who concluded his 6-day visit to inspect four cricket venues awaiting international recognition by the ICC, expressed his happiness over the stadiums and sounded confident that they would soon get the world governing body's nod.

Addressing at a press briefing at Hotel Sonargaon here, the flamboyant left-handed batsman, who visited the Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Fatullah Cricket Stadium in Narayanganj, Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra and Khulna Divisional Stadium said he was chuffed with the venues.

"All the four grounds looked impressive. Having said that I reckon some adjustments will have to be made," he said.

Replying to a query about which venue had impressed him the most, the illustrious West Indian singled out the stadia in Bogra for special praise.

"Look, it's not fair for me to say which venue impressed me most but the one in Bogra is a pretty new stadium. It looks nice and compact. It's because the other grounds are pretty old, probably that's why Bogra stadium stands out," Lloyd opined.

When queried on whether if any of the venues would be able to host an international tie next year, the 60-year-old, who made his debut as an ICC match in 1992, refused to speculate.

"Honestly, I don't know. See, if the venues are first passed by the ICC then they will have to look at their calendar. They just can't give you a one-day game or a Test. It all depends on whether a venue can support it as well."

"Well, I'd submit my report in the next couple of days then a week or so later the ICC will make its decision. But they might also want see certain things built or games played at the venues. That's important as a venue cannot simply be passed without an acceptable pitch to play on," he added.

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