ICL: Indian Cricket League

South Asian countries keen to host 2011 World Cup

Written by Kashif Aziz on February 23rd, 2006   (515 views)

A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the four Test playing countries in South Asia were very serious and keen on submitting a joint bid to stage the 2011 World Cup, The News reports.

We are very serious about it and we’ve already held initial talks among ourselves. We’ll try to finalise the bid in Delhi on February 24 and ensure it is submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC) by the given deadline (February 28),” the official said.

The PCB chief Shaharyar Khan leaves on February 23 to attend the meeting in Delhi, which will also be attended by the heads of the Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh boards.

The PCB official said despite strict conditions set forth by the ICC for member countries to submit their bids, like asking for assurances of tax exemption, easing of visa restrictions and immigration laws etc, the four South Asian countries were confident of making the bid. “The ICC is a flexible body and obviously they’ll give time to the bidding countries to fulfil all the requirements they’ve set forth in their questionnaire sent to all the Test playing countries,” he said.

He added the four countries would not make an issue of the new ICC ruling that from the 2011 World Cup onwards the host countries will only get a fixed income of $10 million from the total earnings of the tournament.

“We’ve our viewpoint on that but we are not going to make an issue of it now. We’ll discuss it with the ICC later on because the ICC has set forth the condition that each host country will get a share of $10 million,” the official stated.

He said that obviously since India and Pakistan would host the majority share of the World Cup matches compared to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh they would like the distribution of share money by the ICC accordingly. “At the Delhi meeting we should finalise the number of matches India will host, we will organise and those to be hosted by Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” he stated.

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