West Indies stadium ban

DUBAI - The International Cricket Council has informed the West Indies Cricket Board that no more international cricket can take place at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

DUBAI - The International Cricket Council has informed the West Indies Cricket Board that no more international cricket can take place at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

This will be the case until extensive remedial work is carried out and it passes an inspection by the ICC.

In February the ground was the scene of the second Test match of the series between the West Indies and England that lasted just 10 balls before being abandoned because of a chewed up outfield that was deemed dangerous to fielders.

The ICC also said in a statement that the WICB had been given an official warning for not preparing the ground effectively.

"Appropriate work must now be carried out and monitored by the WICB before the inspection can take place," the statement said, adding that at least a year would have to pass before this could be carried out.

"The decision is in accordance with the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process, which was introduced in 2006 to ensure international cricket was played in conditions of a suitably high standard."

ICC general manager David Richardson said: "The abandoned Test match was an embarrassment to the local authorities in Antigua, to West Indies cricket in general and to the international game as a whole." - Sapa-AP

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