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UCBSA announces plans for 2003 WC

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2000, 1:30 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: The executive committee of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) has taken a number of decisions in connection with preparations for hosting the World Cup 2003, including one to shorten the local cricket season in the preceding year. Ali Bacher, the outgoing UCBSA managing director, said here on Tuesday that the domestic program for the 2002-2003 season would run from early October 2002 to the end of January 2003 in order to preserve pitches for the World Cup, which is scheduled to start on February 7, 2003. "This has also been done to avoid an "overkill" of cricket before the World Cup," he added. The international season in South Africa in 2002-2003 will see Sri Lanka playing two Tests during late November and early December 2002, followed by a triangular One-day international series involving both countries and Pakistan. Pakistan will remain to play two Tests against South Africa - the first of which will start on December 26, 2002 in Durban and the second, which will be played in Cape Town from January 2, 2003. Both these series are taking place in accordance with an International Cricket Council (ICC) directive that a Test series must have a minimum of two Test matches. The international season in South Africa will thus end on January 6, 2003. The UCBSA also announced plans in management structures to ensure continuity. The contracts of Graham Ford (coach), Corrie van Zyl (assistant coach), Craig Smith (physiotherapist) and Goolam Rajah (manager) will be extended to the end of March 2003. It was also agreed that the panel of National Selectors that would be chosen at the Annual General Meeting in July 2001 would be appointed for two years, again for reasons of ensuring continuity. The UCBSA will take two proposals to the ICC executive board in respect of the World Cup 2003. The first is a proposed system of seedings for the 2003 World Cup based on long-term percentage wins between the end of the 1999 World Cup and the end of 2001. The UCBSA will also seek support from the ICC board for naming two pools at the 2003 World Cup after West Indian Sir Garfield Sobers and Australian Sir Donald Bradman. India Abroad News Service

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