United States to host WC warm-up matches

Published: Friday, July 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The United States, which lost its bid to host World Cup 2007 matches, might still benefit through hosting of warm-up games of the mega event, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.

USA was among four countries that lost the bid to host the World Cup matches while eight venues were announced as hosts by the ICC on July 5.

Chairman of the board of directors of ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, Rawle Branckner said everything would be done to ensure that the countries which lost the bid could still benefit by way of warm-up matches.

"It is unfortunate given the high quality of all the bids that four venues had to be left out, but we knew... There would only be eight tournament venues," Branckner said in a statement.

"I am hoping for full collaboration between all of the countries in the hosting of the ICC CWC 2007, although only eight could be chosen as host venues," he added.

The eight venues, chosen from 12 bids are -- Antigua, the Kensington Oval in Barbados, Queen's Park Grenada, Guyana, Sabina Park in Jamaica, Warner Park in St Kitts and Nevis, Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia and Queen's Park in Trinidad and Tobago.

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