World Cup organisers unveil training camp locations

Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2001, 20:22 [IST]
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Johannesburg: will prepare for the 2003 cricket World Cup in the eastern coastal city of Durban as the organisers announced training camp locations on Monday, sprinkling competitors around South Africa.They also announced that cricketing legends Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Richard Hadlee, Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border had accepted invitations to act as international ambassadors for the tournament. Defending champion Australia will land in the remote mining town it requested, while the host team got beautiful Cape Town.

All 14 teams in the competition except Zimbabwe, which borders South Africa, are expected in the country at least a week prior to the tournament.They will complete their preparations in one of the country's cricket centres, and play at least two games against provincial sides, Dr Ali Bacher, the tournament's executive director told reporters.

Australian cricket authorities requested Potchefstroom, an unexciting backwater 100 kilometres South West of Johannesburg, as their base because of the positive feedback given by the Australian under-19 squad, which stayed there during the 1998 junior World Cup.Bangladesh will prepare for the cup at Pietermaritzburg. Sri Lanka will be based in central Kimberley. Pakistan and Canada have been allocated Johannesburg, and Namibia nearby Benoni.

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