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Remember all those frantic last minute efforts to get Delhi sorted out after Kalmadi and his now under police investigation kolleagues missed deadline after deadline for the 2010 CGs, barely scraping in without a minute to spare.

Well looks like the International Cricket Council are encountering the same problems with Sri Lanka's efforts to construct new stadia for the 2011 One Day World Cup.

ICC sounds red alert on Sri Lanka venues

Saturday, 18 December 2010 00:00

Damning report on World Cup venues submitted as third deadline draws near

By Channaka de Silva

The International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup venue inspection team which visited Sri Lanka earlier this month has raised serious concern over all three Sri Lankan venues assigned to host next year’s tournament.

Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium which is to host the final on April 2 and Kolkata’s Eden Gardens have also come under the concern of the big ICC team numbering nearly 30 which visited all World Cup venues to check the progress of construction work, international media reports claimed.

“The ICC also fears that three other tournament venues in Sri Lanka are way behind schedule,” reported England’s “Daily Mail” yesterday.

Several other international newspapers and websites which were privy to the report submitted to the ICC by the venue inspection team headed by Chris Tetley confirmed that the ICC team in its report had expressed dissatisfaction over the state of all three Sri Lankan venues – Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota and the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy.

The ICC team which assessed the preparedness of the venues has stated in their interim evaluation report that the venues haven’t adhered to the November 30 deadline, under the Host Agreement, to complete all construction work.

Professor Eugene van Vuuren, the ICC’s Stadium Consultant, had also made comment on the report stating that the venues may at best be completed by late January.

“This pre-supposes no unforeseen delays or further impacts on construction by the current poor weather,” he had stated.

“Following completion of the building works, there are a number of activities that need to be completed, including site clearance, landscaping and necessary beautification of the grounds, interior finishing and furnishing, facility commissioning and certification by local authorities, securing of the venue precinct perimeters and installation of entry gates, testing of all facilities including certification of the floodlight lux levels, and installation of temporary infrastructure required specifically for the World Cup”, the report had said.

The ICC team will make their final inspection after the fresh deadline of January 15 for completion of venue construction, and will give their final verdict on whether the venues will host the matches or not.

The ICC team in its colour-coded report, has given red marks to several facilities at all three Sri Lankan venues.

“If construction is not completed by January 15, it is not possible to confirm that the venues will be in a suitable condition to be handed over by January 31”, the report stated.

This inspection team will take a final decision whether these venues will be used or the matches will be shifted to the back-up venues if the original venues fail to meet the required standard.

The SSC ground in Colombo and the Rangiri Dambulla stadium in Dambulla are the back-up venues that have been proposed by Sri Lanka Cricket to the ICC.

And it's not just a problem being faced in Rajapaksa-land...India itself is under the pump with two important grounds meeting scathing criticism from the ICC:

ICC slams WC work: Report

Now considering that cricket is the key sport for India and Sri Lanka, what does all this say about their respective capabilities when it comes to delivering major multi-sport events such as Olympics and Commonwealth Games?

No doubt the IOC and CGF respectively would be repeating the mantra "deadlines are not deadlines, and promises won't be kept".

Of course whilst the Indians can draw upon several other venues for the One Day WC, and have seemingly inexhaustible pools of manpower to push into the fray, how will Sri Lanka perform. If these pictures are accurate (and they are from local media as of December 10th) then right now the ICC big wigs must be sweating bullets:

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Hmmm, intriguing debate technique...

1. Use caps to yell your response

2. Make a sweeping statement without supportive evidence from an independent source

3. Fail to address the concern that the ICC themselves have raised ("The ICC team which assessed the preparedness of the venues has stated in their interim evaluation report that the venues haven’t adhered to the November 30 deadline, under the Host Agreement, to complete all construction work.")

4. Post an unrelated YouTube video

And there I was thinking Arush and JimJones had left GamesBids. Oh well, when faced with such forensic debating skill no wonder opposition just slinks away (or is placed under house arrest). :)

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ICC highlights World Cup venue chaos concerns . . .

Time for transparency

December 19, 2010, 9:08 pm

There is a lot of tip-toeing and whispering going on over a variety of issues in Maitland Place these days, Yahaluweni.

Ah yes, the enclave of the government appointed Interim Committee, aka Sri Lanka Cricket, and its off-spring, known as the organising secretariat for the World Cup 2011, are not so much worried about treading on broken eggshells; more like broken promises.

It has been written so often in these files how the three World Cup venues for the 2011 extravaganza are way behind schedule on delivery, that it is almost a cliché. Now there are serious concerns which many seem to be trying to hide behind political rhetoric.

All this fails to ignore how the International Cricket Council’s inspection team have heavily criticised not only the refurbishing taking place in India at two venues, Eden Gardens and where the event’s final is to take place, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Partly hidden in the report released, like Wikileaks, to certain media, is heavy criticism of Sri Lanka’s three venues for the event.

What has long been a major problem in subcontinent sports administration is how those involved fail to understand something as simple as the concept of meeting a deadline. The question that should be asked and this is telling the political ‘bada’ not to get involved in matters they fail to understand, is how this was allowed to happen. A deadline is a deadline and those responsible are trying to duck such issues.

Now it is being suggested in India that two of Sri Lanka’s three troubled venues will face similar criticism and there is the possibility the Hambantota venue is so far behind that it needs another four months to be ready. Of course officials will deny all the comments and the reports on websites and in newspapers.

Professor Eugene van Vurren, an internationally respected South African architect, and the ICC’s stadium consultant, designed and built the famed Centurion Test venue, now known as SuperSport Park, in 1986. The venue took 10 months to build on a plot of land on the banks on the Hennops River.

It was a venue that won an international design for Professor van Vurren, who in his student days at Pretoria University was a fair top order batsman as well as a change bowler. He was the ICC consultant in 2003 (South Africa) and 2007 (the Caribbean).

This explains how well he knows his job and the requirements needed for the building of stadiums. It is his design on which Pallekele is based and why it has excited those of us who have seen it; a venue of great value in the central island.

This being the case, the question is: why then has it taken more than a year to build the venue at Hambantota to host two games? There are some reasons, the isolated area is one where building materials need to be shipped in. This, however, fails to excuse how it has taken so long to get it ready.

Already, it has been confirmed that the ICC are looking at back up venues if Hambantota is not ready, with Dambulla being one. Why such a state of affairs has been allowed to happen is disturbing enough. What is even more worrying is why there seems to be no accountability or transparency over this issue. As written last week, it gives an overlaid third world image.

What is also worrying, is what has happened to the reports on the Sri Lanka venues when Clive Lloyd led the inspection team that went on to India. What has been pointed out and there needs to be some cognizance of such an issue as this one. Already the ICC has pointed out in their report certain facts which seem to have been overlooked by far too many involved in a wild scramble to deny the comments.

Remarks saying that other than the building of the venue, there are a number of other areas at the grounds that need to be completed before any of the games for the event can be played. One is landscaping and the required beautification of the venues; another is the interior finishing and furnishing; a third is installation of efficient entry gates along with certification by local authorities, along with the provisional infrastructure mechanism to house the World Cup organisers and ICC officials involved in the running of the game.

The venue inspection team head has expressed how the ICC team is dissatisfied over at preparedness of the three Sri Lankan stadiums to be used for the event: Khettarama, Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele in Kandy. What has disconcerted the ICC inspection has been the almost easygoing way the issue has been tackled by those in charge.

The website cricketnext.com said in a report that also appeared in Indian Express and Deccan Herald, that the interim report ends with the worrying comment, "It will be necessary to re-inspect the venues and take a decision on the viability of staging the World Cup matches as currently scheduled."

No doubt the local ICC organising secretariat guys will issue suggestions how the reports are misleading and that the venues will be delivered on time, mid-January. This is not the point of the issue. What is taking place should never have been allowed to happen in the first place and where SLC need to explain such failures.

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And this is why Hambatonta shouldn't host the CWG.

Nuff said. -w-

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Yet another Sri Lankan angle of their debacle in not having promised facilities ready for the 2011 ICC WC (as promised by the same government that wants the CGF to vote in their favour for Hambantota 2018):

The Absence Of Accountability

...(snip)

In less than two months, the ICC Cricket World Cup will kick-off in the Sub Continent with Sri Lanka being a co-host. Definitely, the biggest sporting event to come our way. This decision was not made the day before but years ago. Sri Lanka had all the time in the world to get its stadia ready, but sadly none of the three venues listed to host the World Cup matches are yet ready. What does this mean, it means the new grounds would be as alien to the Sri Lankan cricket team as it would be to the visiting teams as the local lads will have no opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new venues.

And with that the only benefit in the home team’s favour, the “home advantage” has been squandered at the altar of politics. With the accent on completing the stadia no one is even talking of the logistics and infrastructure necessary to convey back and forth, and accommodate 40,000 people in a far corner of the island where the collective hotel room strength is still a couple of hundred.

The last team to visit the country, the West Indian team, had been livid that they were made to sit in a bus for five hours to make the trip to Hambantota. While this nightmare unfolds the mandarins in government are busy canvassing to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Hambantota. If ever there was a case of mixed priorities then this one has to be it. Who is it that can be held accountable for this disaster in the making? Many more are the issues that can be mentioned such as our foreign policy disaster where accountability, though a prerequisite, is sadly missing.

Making a visiting sports team wait 5 hours on a bus? Under 300 hotel rooms? The inability to build grounds that are needed in two months, when Sri Lanka has known for years they were hosting the WC?

Hardly an inspiring story for cricket fans or those who want the Commonwealth Games to have capable and efficient hosts with the interests of the athletes at their heart.

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Is this Delhi a couple of weeks before the 2010 Commonwealth Games?

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Nope, it's Kettarama Stadium in Sri Lanka on 25th December 2010, which was supposed to be completed by the agreement signed by Sri Lankan Cricket with the ICC by November 30th 2010.

Looks like the inability to meet deadlines has been able to spread from the subcontinent, over the Palk Strait and infect the delusional politicians and associated bidding hosts of the hypothetical Hambantota bid :lol:

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ALL SRI LANKA CRICKET WORLD CUP VENUES WILL BE COMPLETED BY JANUARY 15 :)

Seems like your caps button works better than construction of Sri Lankan cricket grounds...still not finished hmmm?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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The three World Cup venues at R Premadasa Stadium (Colombo), Pallakele (Kandy) and Sooriywewa (Hambantota) which had been under close scrutiny over the past one year or so are ready to be granted the greenlight by the high-powered ICC delegation which is expected in Sri Lanka on January 20.

As a prelude to their visit, the ICC’s pitch consultant Andy Atkinson and the ICC’s security manager Sean Carroll are presently in Sri Lanka on a free venue inspection of the three stadiums after which they will submit a final report to the high-powered ICC delegation before they arrive in Sri Lanka.

The delegation is expected to comprise ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 tournament director Professor Ratnaker Shetty, ICC Commercial Manager Jamie Campbell, ICC Events Manager Chris Tetley, ICC Sponsorship and Business Development Manager Doug Waller along with Sharad Pawar or N Srinivasan from India are expected to form the ICC delegation that will come to Sri Lanka for the final inspection of the stadiums.

Sri Lanka’s ICC World Cup director Suraj Dandeniya told The Nation, “The ICC officials were flabbergasted at what Sri Lanka had done within the short time frame.”

“Pallakele is one hundred percent complete, work at the R Premadasa Stadium is virtually over and we are now attending to the roadway to the stadium. From two entrances we have increased it to four so that there won’t be any congestion. At Hambantota we are in the process of completing the front section of the stadium where the glass paneling has to be fitted,” said Dandeniya.

Hambantota has the biggest capacity of 35,000 followed by R Premadasa with 30,000 and Pallakele 25,000.

“For Sri Lanka it’s a miracle that three international cricket stadiums have been built within a period of one year, mind you having to overcome heavy rains for six months,” said Dandeniya.

“We should be proud of the three stadiums whose architectural designs are uniquely different. They are of world class, state of the art and provide spectators with maximum comfort. We have looked into every single aspect,” he said.

Dandeniya thanked the State Engineering Corporation, the Sri Lanka Army, Ports Authority and China Harbour for helping out with the construction of the stadiums.

Meanwhile a giant white cricket ball is making the rounds throughout the country where cricket fans can imprint their hands on it. It is part of the 2011 World Cup cricket promotion.

Dandeniya stated that the cover of the ball which can take upto 5000 prints on one sheet has been replaced 12 times so far. “There has been tremendous response from the public to support our team and in some areas they were queuing up in numbers just to get their hand print on it.”

Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh host the tenth edition of ICC World Cup from February 19 to April 2. Sri Lanka host 12 of the 49 World Cup matches which includes a quarter-final and semi-final.

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I see you have an Einsteinian concept of time. When the SLC said they would complete the grounds by November 30th you said they would be completed by January 15th. When they weren't completed on the 15th you now say they are completed on time?

By the way Lord Haw Haw Hambonetotebag I can't see any statement from the ICC saying the grounds are complete to their standards and satisfaction. Much like your inspiration Suresh Kalmadi you cite newspaper reports that in turn cite hearsay. How about actually finding a member of the ICC who confirms the Goebbel-like 1000 year cricket stadium announcement that you take almost masturbatory glee in proclaiming.

PS The three grounds were due 6 weeks ago. Massive FAIL!!!

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By the way, how come its taken since the 30th April 2006 to build 3 stadia hmmm (that's how long since the World Cup was awarded to the sub continent and your poor island)? And what about the local workforce...not enough skilled and capable workers available to do the job so the army had to be called in to supplement all those Chinese guest workers? Oh well considering that you explode in a frisson of pleasure when something anyone in Australia, Canada, NZ, the UK or for that matter the developed world would consider a simple task with no problems of delays or calling in foreign aid to do for us we can't deny you a little self-congratulation. If we do that all you would be left with would be using coconut husks for onanistic practices.

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By the way, how come its taken since the 30th April 2006 to build 3 stadia hmmm (that's how long since the World Cup was awarded to the sub continent and your poor island)? And what about the local workforce...not enough skilled and capable workers available to do the job so the army had to be called in to supplement all those Chinese guest workers? Oh well considering that you explode in a frisson of pleasure when something anyone in Australia, Canada, NZ, the UK or for that matter the developed world would consider a simple task with no problems of delays or calling in foreign aid to do for us we can't deny you a little self-congratulation. If we do that all you would be left with would be using coconut husks for onanistic practices.

:lol: the stadiums are completed that's what matters you jealous people can say anything now :P

you are blind in a fantasy world so you see nothing .official icc statements will come soon

your attempt to link other countries failures to Sri Lanka has failed ;) your real reputation is -100 you are a fail because your words ON H2018 based on feeling rather than logic

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:lol: the stadiums are completed that's what matters you jealous people can say anything now :P

you are blind in a fantasy world so you see nothing .official icc statements will come soon

your attempt to link other countries failures to Sri Lanka has failed ;) your real reputation is -100 you are a fail because your words ON H2018 based on feeling rather than logic

Jeez took you forever to post that insightful and wise piece of repartee Law Haw Haw Trombonetotalled. And again your amazing ability to bend time and now numbers shows you see a positive reputation as in fact -100? It's such an honour to have your wise words strewn through this forum like a goat shedding excreta, leaving little nuggets of wisdom that take us to a parallel universe. The one where Sri Lanka has no refugees, where sports grounds are constructed on time, where the nation's athletes can win 50 gold medals, where one five star hotel can cope with over 10,000 visitors expected for a CGs, where November 30th 2010 actually means January 17th 2011.

Thanks for every one of your artfully contrived posts that would make Voltaire and Lord Rama and Plato dip their eyes in solemn worship. Without Hamboneburiedbythedog bidding for the 2018 Commonwealth Games the world be just a little darker, the mood just a little more sombre.

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:lol: the stadiums are completed that's what matters

For those attending the tournament, yes.

But you're STILL missing the point.

Given the CWGF's dire experience with Delhi's preparations, one of their number will not look kindly on a city that has missed two deadlines in completing stadiums for a much smaller event. I can't believe you cannot see how this affects your city's bid!

Do you really think, come 2018 and the months before the CWGs, they'll want to be seeing headlines like they saw in the build-up to Delhi 2010?

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Will cricket World Cup venues be ready on time?

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David Bond | 08:46 UK time, Monday, 10 January 2011

With memories of the chaos surrounding India's preparations for the Commonwealth Games still fresh in the mind, the country is facing more international embarrassment, this time over its plans for the cricket World Cup.

An inspection team from the International Cricket Council is due to fly to India and Sri Lanka next week to examine progress at a number of venues which have fallen way behind schedule.

The World Cup kicks off on 19 February but, Eden Gardens in Calcutta, venue for England's group game against India on 27 February, and Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, where the final will be played on 2 April, are not finished.

It's worth remembering, of course, that every major sporting tournament faces questions about its readiness just before it starts. They always start on time and the problems tend to be forgotten afterwards.

As with last year's Delhi Commonwealth Games, the Indian authorities are sure to throw manpower at the stadiums in an effort to have them ready on time.

But if the ICC is unhappy with what it sees next week then it is prepared to take games away from those venues. Chennai could step in and stage any games which can't be played in those venues under renovation.

eden_gardens_getty595.jpgEden Gardens photographed 5 January shows there is still a long way to go Photo: Getty

According to reports in India, Eden Gardens, the spiritual home of Indian cricket, is the biggest worry. A new roof has not been finished, many seats have not yet been fitted and a wall outside the venue collapsed.

An ICC inspection report leaked to the Indian newspaper the Deccan Herald last month highlighted Wankhede stadium and Eden Gardens as not certain to meet a 31 January deadline.

The ICC also has concerns over three venues in Sri Lanka - Colombo, Pallakelle and Hambanota - and is anxious about the way ticket sales have been handled by tournament organisers.

The ICC will be desperate for a well attended and passionate World Cup, after the 2007 tournament in the West Indies was criticised for being devoid of Caribbean charm and many matches were played in half-empty stadiums.

World Twenty20 champions England begin their campaign against Netherlands on 22 February in Nagpur. But their game against India in Calcutta could be affected by the uncertainty over Eden Gardens.

India's reputation was badly damaged by the last minute rush to be ready for the Commonwealth Games in October.

The fall out is still being felt with an Indian Central Bureau of Investigation into senior figures from the organising committee, including the chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who has been asked to explain a series of financial irregularities.

India might be one of the coming global powers and the financial driving force behind world cricket.

But, despite reassuring the ICC everything will be finished on time, by leaving it so late for the cricket World Cup they are risking more international humiliation.

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For those attending the tournament, yes.

But you're STILL missing the point.

Given the CWGF's dire experience with Delhi's preparations, one of their number will not look kindly on a city that has missed two deadlines in completing stadiums for a much smaller event. I can't believe you cannot see how this affects your city's bid!

Do you really think, come 2018 and the months before the CWGs, they'll want to be seeing headlines like they saw in the build-up to Delhi 2010?

Rob, our enlighted Lord Haw Haw Hambonetotebag misses every single point that doesn't reinforce his ignorant jingoistic viewpoint that his pissant fishing village is some kind of new utopia, where the local political mafia help all in their pay and thrall thrive thanks to Chinese and Korean funded public works.

Missing deadlines for such an event as the ICC World Cup is bad enough; why in ficks name would any sane Commonwealth Games athlete, official or tourist risk their future on a bidding venue that simply can't deliver what any developed world candidate, from Port Elizabeth to Singapore, from Halifax to Wellington etc etc could.

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Cricket World Cup: Kolkata not ready for India-England

The International Cricket Council has ruled that Kolkata's Eden Gardens stadium will not be ready in time to host one of its World Cup games.

A new venue is now being sought for the India v England game on 27 February.

However, Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium and the three Sri Lankan venues have all been approved, subject to minor work.

The World Cup, co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, begins on 19 February - with Kolkata originally scheduled to host four group games.

However, the ICC decision will be a huge blow to Kolkata as none of the other three games - Ireland v South Africa (15 March), Ireland v Netherlands (18 March) and Kenya v Zimbabwe (20 March) - are anywhere near as prestigious as an India-England encounter....

...The ICC inspectors ruled that Eden Gardens would not be ready "within an acceptable time frame".

"Of particular concern was the fact that host venue obligations in relation to cricket operations, media, broadcast and sponsorship facilities were not finalized and/or confirmed by the venue," an ICC statement read.

Indian sport is still smarting from the debacle of last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, when several teams threatened to pull out because of unfinished or substandard facilities.

Lorgat explained: "All venues had ample time in which to prepare for World Cup matches.

"We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks.

"The COC had provided venues with a deadline of 30 November 2010 to complete all construction work and then to be match-ready by 31 December.

"An extension was granted by the ICC for five venues, which were again inspected over the past week. Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January.

"Regrettably, Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready in good time. This was no easy decision to take and while it is most unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now consider an alternate venue for the India-England game, which the ICC must approve.

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