Disappointed New Zealand Cricket (NZC) officials emphasized the positives after losing a joint bid with Australia to host the 2011 World Cup but winning the event for 2015.
NZC chief executive Martin Snedden said he was â€˜naturally disappointedâ€™ that the 2011 cricket World Cup hosting rights had been awarded to a joint bid from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
â€œI think realistically, we always knew that Asia had the numbers,â€ Snedden told Radio Sport after the International Cricket Council (ICC) executive meeting in Dubai backed the Asian bid by 10 votes to three.
As a result of the vote, the ICC awarded the 2015 World Cup to runners-up Australia and New Zealand, with England to stage the 2019 competition. Despite the setback, Snedden felt he could still leave Dubai feeling satisfied.
â€œWeâ€™ve got the World Cup for 2015 and I think that itâ€™s something to celebrate,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s a bit hard when itâ€™s nine years away but itâ€™s still fantastic and as that comes closer, everyone in New Zealand will get excited about it,â€ he added.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement: â€œIt is disappointing to miss out on the 2011 World Cup. But I am pleased that the highly professional bid we made
has demonstrated to the International Cricket Council that Australasia will host a world-class tournament in 2015,â€ he added.
Source:The NewsMore on:Australia, New Zealand, World Cup
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