Lorgat lauds Antigua for 'successfully' hosting Eng-WI Test

Updated: 20 February 2009 11:15 IST

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat lauded the oraganisers of the drawn third England-West Indies Test for successfully staging the match.

St John's (Antigua):

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Friday lauded the oraganisers of the drawn third England-West Indies Test here for successfully staging the match at less than two days' notice.

"I'd like to thank everyone who made it possible... you've put a smile back on cricket's face after last week's abandonment," Lorgat said in a statement referring to the abandoned second Test at the neighboring Sir Vivian Richards Stadium due to unfit outfield conditions.

The third Test ended in a nail-biting draw opn Thursday as the West Indian tailenders held on to deny England a series levelling win.

"After such a thrilling match I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made it possible. And thanks must also go to the broadcasters, who pulled out all the stops to ensure the Test match was covered despite huge logistical challenges," he said.

"A week ago we were all downcast after that disastrous abandonment which brought a great deal of unwanted negative publicity to the game.

"We never want a repeat of that situation and next week we will start the process of seeing what lessons we can learn from it when the matter will be discussed by the ICC Chief Executives' Committee in Johannesburg," he added.

Topics : Cricket
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