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Mumbai hope to keep World Cup final.

Summary: Mumbai cricket officials remain confident the Wankhede Stadium will stage the World Cup final despite concerns over fire safety standards.

Mumbai cricket officials remain confident the Wankhede Stadium will stage the World Cup final despite news the venue has yet to meet fire safety standards.

The city's chief fire officer Uday Tatkare claimed his inspectors have found several problems which need to be corrected before the stadium is given the go-ahead to host cricket's global showpiece event on April 2.

But Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Lalchand Rajput is confident the required work will be carried out in time.

He said: "The fire fighting team came and inspected the stadium.

"They have made a few suggestions and we will comply with them."

Kolkata's iconic Eden Gardens has also faced safety issues ahead of the tournament which gets under way on Saturday in Dhaka.

The Group B clash between India and England on February 27 was switched to Bangalore as a result, but Rajput calmed fears the Wankhede Stadium could suffer a similar fate.

He added: "We are not concerned about the venue being taken off the World Cup list."

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Date:Feb 19, 2011
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