ICC not happy with Peshawar stadium facilities

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:The Asian bloc maybe on a high after bagging the 2011 World Cup but the ICC has made it clear that some venues, like Peshawar, need massive facelift before Pakistan can hope to host international matches there.

According to ''The News'', the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not really impressed with the existing facilities in Peshawar and advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to upgrade the stadium.

A PCB official confirmed that ICC conveyed its disappointment with the standard of the stadium after the India-Pakistan ODI in Peshawar and ICC did not give the venue a high rating.

''They (ICC) told us after the ODI against India that they were not satisfied with the conditions at the stadium in Peshawar and we needed to improve facilities there for the teams, match officials and media,'' the official said.

The ICC has recently come down hard on countries which host matches at venues not up to international requirements.

Peshawar has regularly hosted international matches in the last few years after some touring teams refused to play in Karachi due to security reasons.

PCB doesn't enjoy control over all the major cricket venues and chairman Shaharyar Khan has recently urged the Pakistan government to transfer the control of the stadiums to the Board so that it can start preparation for the 2011 World Cup.

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