Melbourne, Jan 17 (Agencies): International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Haroon Lorgat insists that despite construction delays plaguing some venues of next month’s 50-over World Cup in the Indian sub-continent, it is nothing compared to what occurred during last year’s Delhi Commonwealth Games.

When asked about reported delays in finalization building upgrades,” Lorgat said: “In Delhi the concern [with the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium] was more than a year ago with the state of the pitch, but that’s sorted out.”

“There are certain stadia that are behind our schedule, we would have liked them to have been completed. All our reports do not indicate anything like what transpired during the Commonwealth Games,” he added.

The final is scheduled to be played on April 2 at the Wankhede Stadium, but the venue is still a building site at the moment.

The ICC chief also dismissed safety concerns for the two-month tournament to be hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19.
“I think we’ve matured a lot in terms of infrastructure, capacity, expertise, probably experience as well. All full-members have now got a security manager and the ICC has got a security manager, unlike in the past where we might have been relying entirely on independent experts or police agencies,” a newspaper quoted Lorgat, as saying.