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Local venues get final check

By WALTER ALIBEY Tuesday, February 6 2007

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FINAL inspection of Trinidad and Tobago cricket facilities for the upcoming Cricket World Cup will be conducted today.

A team from the International Cricket Council (ICC) led by the Venues and Development Director Don Lockerbie will visit three venues.

Also in the team are officials in charge of pitches, outfields, venue development and cricket operation.

Among the other specialists involved are the Venue Curator, Venue Manager, Ground Personnel and other ground officials.

They will first make a stop at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval at the University of the West Indies at St Augustine from 11.30 am.

The facility was a last-minute replacement for the Brian Lara Stadium which could not be completed in time for the tournament.

Lockerbie and his team will then visit the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain, Couva. The Couva facility, as is the Sir Frank Worrell Oval is also being used as a practice venue for the warm-up matches starting on March 5.

Between approximately 1.30 and 3.30 pm the ICC team will visit the refurbished Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain where group matches in the World Cup will be staged.

Trinidad and Tobago will host the Brown Package at the Oval featuring India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda. Hosts West Indies are in Group “A” which will be played in Jamaica.

Later, the St Mary College Ground and the King George V Park both on Serpentine Road, St Clair will be inspected between 3.30 and 4.30 pm.

The venues are being used as practice facilities for the visiting teams.

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