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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

ICC Rules out Sir Vivian Richards Stadium from International Cricket for 12 Months

International Cricket Council (ICC) has cancelled the hosting rights of Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua for 12 months by which the stadium can not host any international match during this time. Recently, the second test between West Indies and England was abandoned due to a bad outfield in this ground after just 10 balls being bowled. The incident created huge criticism for West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

ICC has now asked WICB to work on this ground in order to upgrade its standard up to international level before it reaches up to the mark for hosting international match again. The outfield was so sandy that bowlers failed to have any traction during the 10-ball-long second test that eventually led to the abandonment of the test.

Now, WICB must work on this ground and it must face an ICC inspection before it retains the hosting rights of international matches. However, the good news is that WICB has 12 months in hand to prepare the field before ICC’s inspection. There is no doubt, the cancellation of the second test came as an embarrassment to both WICB and Antigua cricket authorities.

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