Singapore keen to host Australia and India

Published: Monday, May 3, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Singapore:The Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) is planning to stage a tournament this year involving the game's powerhouses such as Australia and India, a top official has said.

The aim of the tournament, still in the early stage of planning, is to promote the sport in the city-state, SCA president Kiran Deshpande said on Monday.

"We are looking to organise an international event in this calendar year and we will get a much clearer picture in a couple of months time," said Desphande.

"We are still in the process of identifying which countries can suit our schedule... given a choice, we are looking at some big countries like India and Australia."

The tournament will likely involve at least four nations and will be a shorter version of the game, Desphande said.

He said details on the format, such as whether it will be a One-day tournament or an even more contracted version, are still to be determined.

Almost 3,000 students in Singapore, a former British colony, play cricket in schools but the sport still lags behind soccer, golf, tennis and badminton in terms of popularity.

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