PCB eyes joint bid for 2011 World Cup

Published: Sunday, June 5, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today it preferred a joint bid for the 2011 World Cup as it would make for a unique event hosted four "equal partners" including India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Ranbir Mahendra, the president of Board of Conrol for Cricket in India, last week said that the BCCI was serious about holding the 2011 World Cup.

He had said after a BCCI Working Committee meeting that there had been no discussions on whether it would be a joint bid with Pakistan or Sri Lanka, saying there was plenty of time to decide those things.

Shaharyar was realistic while saying that only India was the only Asian country that had the infrastructure, facilities and capabilities to single-handedly host the 2011 World Cup.

"India has 27 international standard grounds while we have not more than five and Sri Lanka have almost the same. Bangladesh also have handful of stadia."

"Pakistan is not equipped to single-handedly bid for the competition but over the years we have proven to be tremendous hosts and our organization of international events has been praised world-over."

"We would definitely like to be equal partners of the 2011 World Cup and if we decide in London for a joint bid, that event will become a unique tournament as it will have four partners," Shaharyar Khan told PTI here Sunday.

Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka jointly hosted the 1996 World Cup while Pakistan and India joined hands when the first competition was held outside England in 1987.

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