Mumbai:An ICC inspection team has raised serious concerns over the preparedness of two key World Cup venues - Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai - in time for the tournament, which begins on February 19, 2011. Its interim report says the original November 30 deadline for completion of construction, which neither stadium has met, is likely to be over-run by at least a month and warns that, if construction at these venues 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 inspection team, headed by ICC events manager Chris Tetley, visited the World Cup venues in India in late November and early December. In its evaluation - first reported in the Deccan Herald - it listed the pending work and expressed doubts over its completion by the end of the year. The report quotes Professor Eugene van Vuuren, the ICC's Stadium Consultant, as saying construction programmes were likely to be completed by late January at the earliest. "This pre-supposes no unforeseen delays or further impacts on construction by the current poor weather."