ICC yet to accept Asian countries~~ WC bid

Published: Friday, March 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:The fate of the Asian joint bid for 2011 World Cup hangs in balance as the ICC is yet to accept the delayed submission and a final decision will be taken in the ICC Executive Board meeting here next week.

''A decision on late applications, including a joint bid to host the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, after it failed to meet the original deadline for submission of 28 February will be taken at the meeting,'' an ICC release said here.

''The number and quality of submissions we have received from many of our Members is an indication of their level of interest in this process,'' ICC CEO Malcolm Speed said in the release.

''The decision on hosting will include confirmation that all submissions comply with required criteria for hosting an ICC Event; assessments of the relative merits of the submissions and the decisions taken will go forward to the ICCs Annual Conference for ratification, with that meeting held at Lords in London between 2- 7 July 2006.''

Australia and New Zealand have already submitted a joint bid to stage the World Cup covering both the 2011 and 2015 events while England submitted to host the 2015 edition.

The meeting, scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday, will be chaired by ICC President Ehsan Mani and BCCI chief Sharad Pawar will represent India at the meeting to be attended by all the ICC members.

Organisation of a Twenty20 World Cup will also feature among the issues to be discussed and ICC's calendar till 2015 will also be decided here.

''Deciding the content of the ICC Events calendar over an eight-year period from late 2007 including a Twenty20 World Championship and a shorter-format ICC Champions Trophy Schedule and a decision on the schedules of the ICC Events calendar will be taken,'' the release said.

Womens World Cup bid will also be decided and India, Malaysia and UAE are the potential hosts for the Event.

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