BCCI ready for joint bid to host 2011 World Cup

Published: Friday, June 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today reacted positively to Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) suggestion for a joint bid to host the 2011 World Cup saying it will definitely discuss the matter.

"We will definitely be discussing all the factors including an option of a joint bid in the near future. But so far we have not yet discussed the technical details of the bid," BCCI secretary S K Nair told PTI over phone.

"One thing is sure, we are keeping all options open," he said when asked about PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan's proposal for a joint bid.

Yesterday, Shaharyar said that Pakistan preferred a joint bid for 2011 as it would make for a unique event.

"We would definitely like to be equal partners of the 2011 World Cup and if we decide in London for a joint bid, the event will become a unique tournament as it will have fourpartners," he had said.

Asked about the support staff for new coach Greg Chappell, Nair said the Board was in constant touch with the Australian legend but declined to give any details.

"Preliminary discussions on certain arrangement asked for by Chappell are going on. We cannot disclose anything at this stage," he said.

It is learnt that Chappell has asked for the services of Dr Charles Krebs, a kinesiologist, to work on the fitness of the players. Applied Kinesiology is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing.

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