We have back-up plan in place for WC: Dehring

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Grenada:Dispelling concerns raised over the slow construction work at the venues, chief of the World Cup Organising Board Chris Dehring said the ICC had a back-up plan under review in case of an emergency.

Mr Dehring, the CEO and the Managing Director of the board, said the current status for all the stadiums in the nine host countries of the Carribean is ''full steam ahead'' to ensure that the venues are ready by the October deadline.

''It is full steam ahead across the region, everyone is moving forward as planned. Of course, we have a back-up plan in place and it is currently being reviewed by the ICC. That plan will only be implemented if absolutely necessary,'' Mr Dehring told reporters here.

''At present, there is no one country that is being earmarked to 'take' matches currently assigned to another host venue. If a decision were to be taken to relocate matches from one host venue to another, it could only be taken by ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies (CWC WI) 2007 Inc. This is not a decision that can be made by anyone outside of CWC,'' he added.

The CWC CEO said though the spirit of cooperation among the Carribean countries was ''critical to the overall success of the tournament, at this time every country is expected to meet its obligation to host matches.'' He said there were still 300 days to go before the tournament starts, which should be enough for the hosts to pull up their act.

''Each Host Venue is working not only on the completion of their stadia but on all the other infrastructural elements required to support the hosting of the tournament and everyone concerned is working assiduously to ensure that no time is lost,'' he said.

The mega event is spread across 12 venues in the Carribean and Mr Dehring said the CWC was well aware of the situation at each of the venue and was hopeful that work would be complete by the set deadline.

''At this point in time, we at ICC CWC 2007 Inc. have a clear understanding of where each country is in their stadium development and I expect that each one of them will indeed be complete within the timeframe set,'' he explained.

The issue of the completion of the construction work at the stadiums was in the spotlight recently when builders said they would not be able to complete the renovation work at Jamaica's Sabina Park stadium due to lack of funds and cement.

The organisers have been on a damage control exercise after that assuring that the stadiums would be ready in time for the mega event.

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