| A report in the Sydney Morning Herald
a couple of days ago had expressed concerns about the Caribbean's
ability to handle the event. ICC officials were said to have feared
the fact that the cricketing infrastructure in the Caribbean, including
small grounds and poor practice wickets, may not measure up to required
In addition the officials were also worried about the difficulties
faced in travelling from one island to another. Another Australian
paper The Age confirmed that fears about West Indies' ability
to host the World Cup had reached a significant level within the
ICC. The ICC is currently meeting in Barbados to discuss the issue.
Not one to take things lying down Griffith issued a response saying,
"The CWC 2007 is an agenda item for discussion at the ICC meetings.
It would be disappointing if any fellow director were to seek to
prejudice sentiment outside of the meetings. To the best of my knowledge,
neither the ICC board nor IDI board has met since the June meetings
in London and Monaco respectively, to discuss the matter."
"WICB is fully aware of the significant challenges that it faces
in hosting the 2007 World Cup. We are confident that as a nation
we have the capacity to deliver on our obligations. We expect the
fullest support and cooperation from all our fellow members of the
ICC as we undertake our tasks," he added.