Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at Antigua has been given the green light to host international cricket after a 12-month suspension.

The International Cricket Council suspended the venue following England's Test match against the West Indies, which was abandoned after 10 balls in February last year because the outfield was considered unfit for play.

Over the past year, extensive work was carried out and monitored by the WICB and an inspection of the ground was carried out by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

ICC General Manager, David Richardson said: "We are content that the ground is now of sufficient standard to host international cricket again. The remedial work has been carried out and Mr Crowe has carried out a full inspection, during which he found the ground to be of a good standard.

"We are happy the situation has been remedied, we congratulate the ground staff on their hard work and we thank the WICB for their support and commitment in the process. This re-approval is effective immediately."

The stadium has only ever hosted two Test matches. The playing surface was relaid after its first Test between the West Indies and Australia in 2008 and the venue was subsequently suspended the following year after the abandoned Test.

Posted on 29/04/2010