World women~~s body chief puts money on India

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The International Women's Cricket Council president Christine Brierley feels that the upcoming women's World Cup would be a fantastic success.

Brierley was quoted as saying in an interview to BBC Sport that the organisers in South Africa have have done a fabulous job after the initial slackness.

"South Africa were a bit slow getting off the mark and things weren't looking too good last year, but when push came to shove they got their act together. I think they have done a grand job at getting it ready. I am sure it will be a fantastic event," she was quoted as saying.

Brierley said South Africa would have been better off with more corporate sponsorship but added that it won't any impact on the smooth conduct of the tournament.

"The only problem that I am aware of is the lack of extra sponsorship they have found. But operationally speaking it does not matter at all as the funds to run it are there, but any extra costs will have to be incurred by South Africa."

The women's body chief counted India, Australia and England to be amongst the finalists at the big-ticket event.

"I think any two of Australia, India and England will contest the final, though I wouldn't discount South Africa on home soil. Those three teams have the talent and resources to get to the final and win it."

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