Providence Stadium, Not ReadyRichard Twyman |
World Cup organisers have been forced to step in to avoid potential turmoil at the Providence Stadium in Guyana next week, due to the US$ 25 million venue still not being ready for cricket despite years of planning.
The Providence Stadium in Guyana is set to host it’s first match in just three days time when South Africa and Sri Lanka compete in the Super 8 stage of the World Cup, with another five matches also planned for the venue in the coming weeks.
The main areas of concern are over failures to provide security and crowd control turnstiles, poor accreditation facilities, scoreboards and power shortages are also expected to blight the venue. World Cup organisers though have had enough and have now lost faith in the local organizing committee, and taken back control. In an attempt to get the venue ready for cricket in time the World Cup organisers have called in a British company to take over the build in an attempt to get the venue up to standard.
Local media have reported that Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, which hosted first-round games, and Jamaica’s Trelawny Stadium, where warm-up matches were played, are on stand-by to stage the six matches planned for Georgetown if needed. Though where ticket holders and fans who have paid for hotels would stand is yet unknown.