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~~High quality~~ bids for World Cup 2007

Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London :With the bidding process for hosting Cricket World Cup 2007 ending successfully, organisers on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the "high quality" of submissions from eleven Caribbean countries and the US.

"Judging from the high production quality of the submissions received, it is evident that all the countries took the process seriously and have invested time and other resources to do the research and planning that will be vital to the event," Chris Dehring, the CEO and Managing Director of CWC 2007 Inc., said.

Pointing out that the bidding process was more "scientific, systematic and professional" than other methods, Dehring said the process facilitated fairness, transparency and equal opportunity for all interested nations.

"More important, however, is that by making every country go through the process, collectively as a region, we are now better prepared for the delivery of a uniformed world class standard," he was quoted as saying in an ICC press release in London.

He also informed that Bahamas, which was initially not interested in bidding, is now keen to participate by hosting warm-up matches.

The Venue Assessment Team will visit the bidding countries from May 24 to June 11 to assess their claims.

The countries selected to host matches will be made public on July 4 while the award of the matches will be announced on July 12, he said.

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