ICC keeps Commonwealth door open for cricket

Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:The International Cricket Council (ICC) today indicated that cricket could be included as one of the disciplines in the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be hosted by New Delhi.

The Executive Board of the ICC, which met here over two days, has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to meet with the local Organising Committee for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi to discuss cricket's participation in the event and the appropriate format.

"The BCCI was asked to then come back to the Board with its recommendations concerning cricket's participation in the Games," a press release said.

With respect to reports that India and Pakistan would jointly bid to host the 2011 World Cup during the meeting, the ICC categorically stated that "no decision was made on awarding any event to any country or countries post-2007 and no submissions to stage any such events were received."

It was agreed at the meeting that any country or countries wishing to be awarded an ICC Event would have to provide evidence of compliance in four key areas related to holding such an event, tax, facilities, visas and venues.

A final decision on the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 would be taken at the Annual Conference at Lord's in June 2006, the release said.

Meanwhile, the Board held initial discussion on the potential role of Twenty20 cricket in international playing calendar.

"The Board viewed research from both the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the United Cricket Board of South Africa. The Board decided to ask ICC's management to conduct further work on the subject ahead of further discussions at the next Board meeting, in March 2006," it said.

The Board also made "encouraging progress" on the issue of having a six-year playing calendar from the current five-year calendar.

"The Board received its first report on the practicality of and issues surrounding the replacing the current five-year international playing calendar with a six-year schedule.

"The Board was encouraged by the report and asked the ICC's management to continue its work on the subject," the release said.

The ICC Executive Board comprises the Presidents/Chairmen or designated nominees of the 10 Test-playing nations and three representatives from ICC Associate Member countries.

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