World Cup bidders discuss joint bid at Mohali

Published: Saturday, March 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:The chiefs of the cricket boards in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will go into a huddle here on March 12 to work out the details for the joint Asian bid to host the 2011 World Cup.

Joint Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) MP Pandove today informed that board presidents of these Asian nations would work out details, including financial, administrative and deciding venues, before submitting the combined India-Pakistan-Sri Lanka-Bangladesh bid for the 2011 World Cup.

Also the secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Mr Pandove said chief executives of the boards would also be present on the occasion.

The Asian countries have sought an extension of date from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for submitting their combined bid in Dubai this month. The last date for bidding expired on February 28.

India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka jointly organised the 1996 World Cup and the 1987 World Cup was also staged in the Asian Region. The Australia-New Zealand hosted the World Cup in 1992 and hope the 2011 World Cup back with them.

BCCI President Sharad Pawar, who will attend the meeting, would also inaugurate the indoor cricket playing facilities being constructed at the PCA Stadium, which is hosting the second Test between India and England from March 9 to 13.

The teams will reach here on March 6 from Nagpur where the first Test is being played.

Regarding the Barmy Army, the staunch supporters of the English cricket team, Mr Pandove said, ''We have directly not received any request for bulk purchase of tickets. The PCA has sold 80 tickets for AC lounge for the English team supporters. However, we are expecting nearly 2,000 English spectators as the tickets are being purchased for other blocks online and other sources. Booking has been done through various travel agents.''

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