Lahore to host final if Asia gets 2011 World Cup

Written by Kashif Aziz on April 16th, 2006   (231 views)

Pakistan has managed to get the hosting rights of the final if its joint bid, with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for the 2011 World Cup, is approved and accepted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

According to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official, in the joint bid document finalised by all the four countries in Delhi on Friday, Pakistan will get to host the World Cup final in Lahore while India will host both the semifinals.

The same formula was applied when Pakistan and India jointly hosted the 1996 World Cup with Sri Lanka beating Australia in the final, held at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

The joint bid document of all the four countries will be formally presented to the ICC at its headquarters in Dubai April 20 before the deadline date of April 21.

“We are very satisfied with the bid document. But before submitting, we’ll give one final look at the document on April 17 in Dubai,” the official said following a top-level meeting of the four bidding cricket boards in New Delhi on Thursday night and Friday.

In the joint bid document it is confirmed that India will host 22 matches, Pakistan 14, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six, assuming there will be 51 matches in the World Cup.

“Once our bid is accepted, we’ll decide where and when the matches will be played. But the four countries have agreed to host six matches each of the initial league phase,” he disclosed. “We’ve also asked the ICC to place the four host countries in different groups so that they can play their league matches in their own countries before the Super Eights (the second stage of the tournament).”

India will host most of the Super Eight matches and Pakistan the next largest number of encounters.

The official said the ICC had agreed to make a concession for the bidders — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — and allowed them to present their bid by April 21 instead of February 28, the original deadline for submitting the bids.

Australia and New Zealand have also submitted a joint bid to host the 2011 World Cup.

Talking about the demanding 100-page ICC Compliance Manual that lists the prerequisites and stipulations of hosting the ICC events, he said the joint bidders have agreed to meet most its requirements.

“We are meeting all the requirements of the Compliance Manual as it is an ICC event, and not one between India and Pakistan,” he said. “We’ve met most of the demands of the Compliance Manual, but we’ll negotiate some of them.”

Sources said India would host the matches at eight venues after initially saying they would be hosting them at 22 venues.

He said Pakistan would use six venues — Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Peshawar, Multan and Faisalabad.

Sri Lanka would use two venues — R Premadasa Stadium and Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo and Bangladesh have listed three — Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium, Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and Narayanganj Osmani Stadium in Fatullah. “But eventually Bangladesh may use only one venue for the six matches,” he added.

The meeting was attended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sharad Pawar and its Secretary Niranjan Shah, Chairman and Director Cricket Operations PCB, Shaharyar Khan and Salim Altaf, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Duleep Mendis and board member Prakash Shafter, and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Mohammad Ali Asghar and its CEO Mahmood-ur-Rehman. India had also hosted the 1987 World Cup jointly with Pakistan.

Source: The News

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