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Asia cricket officials to work out plans for 2011 World Cup


Asia’s top cricket officials will assemble in the summer resort of Bhurban early next week to begin laying a ‘strong foundation’ for a successful hosting of the 2011 World Cup.

Saleem Altaf, CEO of the 2011 World Cup Organising Committee, told ‘The News’ on Thursday that cricket bosses from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would begin efforts to work out a formula that would make the next World Cup better than the prestigious tournament’s previous editions. The officials would meet on June 18.

He said that in the meeting, the officials would also work out a method to meet initial expenses in the setting up as well as the running of the various organising committees. It is estimated that the 2011 World Cup hosts would need at least a half-a-million dollars to the set the ball rolling.

“A long and challenging journey would get underway with this meeting,” said Altaf, a former Pakistan Test cricketer. “So it would be an important meeting where we would be working on, among other things, the composition of the central organising committee,” he revealed.

Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will jointly host the 2011 World Cup.

Altaf said that the issue of generating seed money for the organising committee is expected to be settled during the Bhurban moot.

“We need around 500,000 dollars for the initial expenses. This amount will be shared equally by the four boards,” said Altaf.

The officials would also decide the frequency of future meetings of the central organising committee.

The issue of the setting up of local organising committees in the four host countries would also come up for discussion. “We have to see whether all the boards are ready to put the local organising committees in place by February 2008, three years before the World Cup,” he said.

The Indians will be speaking on their experience of hosting the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy and also on the expenses involved.

On the issue of a shorter World Cup, Altaf said that the final decision would come from the International Cricket Council (ICC). “A shorter World Cup would mean less money and we are not happy with that. But the final decision would come from the ICC Executive Board,” he explained.

The 2007 World Cup in the West Indies was heavily criticised for being too long and too boring and later ICC chief executive Malcolm had to announce that the ICC would consider holding a shorter World Cup in 2011.

Altaf said that the organisers of the World Cup would also take steps to open a joint account during the meeting.

The Bhurban moot would be a get-together of the movers and shakers of Asia cricket. A ten-man delegation is coming from India led by Sharad Pawar, the president of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and the man widely tipped as the next chief of the ICC. The Indian team will also include BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, the board’s vice-president Lalit Modi and former BCCI chief IS Bindra, now a senior board member.

Former Sri Lankan Test cricketer Dilip Mendis will be representing his country along with other officials while the secretary as well as CEO of the Bangladeshi board would also attend the meeting.

The hosts would be represented by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf and Saleem Altaf.

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