Former Gujarat Cricket Association president Narhari Amin today alleged that the ICC had severely criticised facilities at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera during the three World Cup matches early this year.
"We have accessed the report of ICC which was given to BCCI, which says 'the standard of facilities in majority of stadiums (especially in India) was of variable quality ranging from being world class in Chennai to totally unsatisfactory in Ahmedabad," Amin told reporters here.
Amin, former deputy chief minister of Gujarat and a Congress leader, lost GCA elections two years ago. Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had taken over as president of GCA following his victory in the elections.
"The ICC had given Rs 1.86 crore in advance to GCA for good facilities during three World Cup matches held in the city. However, the report is a slap on the face of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi by ICC," Amin said while giving
photocopies of some pages of the ICC report to the media here.
"This report will bring discredit to Motera as a good cricketing venue and in future ICC and BCCI might not consider
giving international matches to the venue," Amin alleged.
"I would like to request the chief minister (Modi) that if does not have time, he should step down from the post and
give it to someone who can run it," Amin said.
Quoting the report, Amin said, "The venue was very dirty. Every match they (GCA) had to be told to have a clean venue. The hospitality area and general seating were filthy."