An above-average hurricane season in the Caribbean could spell trouble for building and renovation efforts at the 12 stadiums selected to host pre-tournament and tournament matches for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the eventâ€™s managing director said.
Construction crews are aiming to finish the work at the stadiums in nine countries by yearâ€™s end. The 51-match tournament will be held for first time in the Caribbean.
Officials have backup plans to substitute a venue in case a tropical storm damages a stadium beyond repair, but a bad hurricane could be devastating, said Chris Dehring, who is overseeing the sportâ€™s biggest event for the International Cricket Council (ICC).
â€œThere is virtually nothing you can do, but wait and see what happens during hurricane season and hope for the best,â€ he said after the meeting with the ICC and World Cup officials.
If needed, the tournament could be played in six Caribbean countries, said Dehring, who declined to provide further details.
â€œWe have to believe that there has never been a hurricane season where all these nine countries hosting matches have been hit, so clearly we think that the odds are extremely good for us going into the 2006 hurricane season,â€ he added.
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