Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan today confirmed that Pakistan and India would jointly submit their bid on January 21 -- the deadline set by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
"It has been agreed with the Indian cricket board (BCCI) that we would bid for the 2011 World Cup. We are likely to include Bangladesh in the bid. The bid would be submitted on January 21," Shaharyar Khan said hours before his joint press conference with his Indian opposite number Sharad Pawar.
Pakistan and India have previously hosted the World Cups in 1987 and 1996.
Shaharyar hinted that the World Cup bid issue was discussed with Cricket Australia chairman Bob Merriman during the ICC meeting in Karachi last Thursday.
Shaharyar refused to reveal the details of his meeting with Merriman but insiders said CA chairman has informed Pakistan and Indian board officials that Australia chose to step aside considering a few commercial aspects.
"India has a big sponsorship market and if Australia attempt to host the extravaganza, it might not be able to generate as much sponsorship as India," insiders said.
Out of six ICC's major sponsors, five are Indian companies -- LG, Hero Honda, Hutch, Pepsi and Indian Oil. Cable and Wireless, who are the sixth sponsors, is a West Indian-based organization.