22 September 201021:58

World Cup plans on track

Three stadiums, Wankhede, the Eden Gardens and the MA Chidambaram are undergoing major facelifts

World Cup plans on track - Cricket News

The Wankhede cricket stadium under renovation.

With 150 days to go to the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the Tournament Director believes that everything is on track to stage a world-class event.

The tournament is scheduled to begin from February 19, 2011 and will played across 13 venues in India (8), Sri Lanka (3) and Bangladesh (2). The final will be held on April 2 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

And while much work has already in preparing the venues for the event, a final inspection of the venues will take place later in the year.

"The ICC team and the entire team of organisers will be visiting all 13 venues starting from November 18," said Shetty.

Three stadiums in India - the Wankhede in Mumbai, the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the MA Chidambaram in Chennai - are undergoing major facelifts.

"Out of the three venues undergoing development, Kolkata and Chennai already have the playing surface ready. The wickets are ready so there are no issues. We are looking at the end of November for Wankhede to stage some domestic Ranji Trophy matches," informed Shetty.

The Central Organising Committee (COC) for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 have already put in place most of the logistical plans for the event.

"We have closed all our logistic issues. We have finalised the airlines, a major concern as teams will be flying in and out of the three countries. The accommodation issues are resolved in all three countries and so also the ground transport," said Shetty.

Shetty also believes that appropriate security plans are being put in place for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

"Security has become an important part in the organisation of this event and every country has appointed a security advisor. We are working with the national governments and state governments in each of the venues to ensure that the event takes place in the best manner possible," Shetty informed.