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~~India~~s 2011 WC hopes depend on Australia~~

Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Rawalpindi:International Cricket Council (ICC) today said that Asia would get to host every third World Cup and that the subcontinent would be awarded the 2011 edition if Australia forfeit their turn to host the mega event that year.

"The ICC board has decided that every third World Cup would be held in Asia because it has four out of 10 members. But according to rotation policy, it is the turn of Australia and whether Asia would host the 2011 event or 2015 event, would only be decided after Cricket Australia let us know about their decision," ICC president Ehsan Mani told PTI during the fifth ODI between Pakistan and England.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland last week said his board had not decided about hosting the World Cup while the Indian cricket board have indicated their willingness to organize the mega event. Of the eight World Cups, Asia has hosted two; in 1987 when Australia won and in 1996 when Sri Lanka won.

"The papers and documents regarding the World Cup have just been sent to Cricket Australia. We have not set any deadlines (regarding the host country) but we know that the Australian board would soon let us know of their decision," Mani said.

The Pakistani, who is a Chartered Accounted by profession, further said if Australia declined, Asia would be offered the hosting rights of the World Cup.

"I would like to see all the four Asian Test playing countries jointly host the World Cup like that did in 1996. But again, its premature to say and it will depend entirely on the Boards how they want to go about it."

Mani said the ICC would handle all the finances of the World Cup while the World Cup host country would be providing facilities and technical support.

"What we expect from the World Cup hosts is to provide best playing facilities, good co-ordinations with the local authorities, assuring anti-piracy and exemption from taxes. Sponsorships and related issues are handled by the ICC."

Taxes have been a major issue when it comes to India as nearly 44 cases related to 1996 World Cup were either pending or have been challenged in Supreme Court. India and Pakistan are waiting clearance and equal distribution of 3.2 million pounds that are subject to court clearance.

The Pakistani, who is a Chartered Accounted by profession, further said if Australia declined, Asia would be offered the hosting rights of the World Cup.

"I would like to see all the four Asian Test playing countries jointly host the World Cup like that did in 1996. But again, its premature to say and it will depend entirely on the boards how they want to go about it."

Mani said the ICC would handle all the finances of the World Cup while the World Cup host country would be providing facilities and technical support.

"What we expect from the World Cup hosts is to provide best playing facilities, good co-ordinations with the local authorities, assuring anti-piracy and exemption from taxes. Sponsorships and related issues are handled by the ICC."

Taxes have been a major issue, when it comes to India as nearly 44 cases related to 1996 World Cup were either pending or have been challenged in Supreme Court. India and Pakistan are waiting clearance and equal distribution of 3.2 million pounds that are subject to court clearance.

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