ICC to announce World Cup venues

Published: Saturday, June 19, 2004, 20:06 [IST]
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London:The International Cricket Council (ICC) would announce the list of countries selected to host the 2007 World Cup matches in the first week of July.

The award of matches in the mega event would be made on July 12, ICC said in a release on Friday.

The Venue Assessment Team (VAT) of the World Cup and the ICC World Cup West Indies (ICC CWC WI) recently had a "successful" tour of the venues and offered to host the matches.

The VAT toured St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados from May 24 to 29. From June 7 to 13, it assessed the USA, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis and Jamaica before winding up the assessment at Bermuda.

The VAT met with the local bid committees and their teams and the managing director and CEO of CWC 2007 Inc, Chris Dehring held talks with heads of Government, Cabinet members and the media, the release said.

VAT director Donald Lockerbie said the assessment proved a platform for the World Cup to showcase the resource assets of the region.

The VAT would now proceed to submit its report on the venues and brief the CWC 2007 management and board of directors on June 24 and 25 in Barbados, the release added.

Dehring and Lockerbie would also present their opinion of the VAT report and the final recommendations to the board, which would then submit their list of eight bid finalists to the ICC for its approval.

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