ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 meeting takes place in New Delhi
Bangladesh identified as venue for opening ceremony on 19 February 2011
Representatives of the ICC, including Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, today attended a meeting in New Delhi to discuss ongoing plans for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which will take place in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in two years’ time.
This is one of many such organisational meetings between the various parties involved in staging the event and a range of important issues were discussed. Among other things, it was decided that subject to final ICC Board approval, the opening ceremony for the event would take place in Bangladesh on 19 February 2011 and the tournament would be shorter than the one that took place in the West Indies in 2007.
“I am pleased to see that planning arrangements are gathering speed,” said Mr Lorgat.
“It is no secret that from an organisational point of view we are a little behind the clock at the moment but I’m pleased to say the pace has now quickened and the various parties are stepping up to deliver what I fully believe will be a great celebration of world cricket,” he said.
With Salman Butt having previously been named as the event’s tournament director and with several working groups now in place, the details of organising the event are being worked through.
“One of the issues to arise from today’s meeting was that of safety and security,” said Mr Lorgat.
“Clearly, that is a major factor to consider and we are already making provisions to ensure that players, officials, media, spectators and all other stakeholders will be safe during the event. In fact, people’s safety is our number-one priority.
“I think it would be premature to start talking of alternative venues for the event. In due course and we will appoint an independent security assessor as is normal procedure and we will make a decision but at this stage we are planning for the ICC Cricket World Cup to take place in the four designated countries as originally planned.”
The four hosts will now step up preparations in their respective countries and will reconvene in due course to appraise each other and the ICC of the progress being made towards the staging of the event. The ICC Board will also be kept informed of progress during its regular meetings.
As part of the preparations for the tournament, the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will take place in South Africa from 1 to19 April. The 12-team event features the best teams from the Associate and Affiliate world with the top four sides winning places at the big event in 2011. The 10 Full Members of the ICC have already qualified automatically.
Present at today’s meeting in Delhi were:
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, ICC General Manager – Commercial Campbell Jamieson, ICC Principal Advisor IS Bindra, ICC Vice-President and chairman of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 organising committee Sharad Pawar; Ijaz Butt (Pakistan Cricket Board chairman), Salim Altaf (PCB chief operating officer), Subhan Ahmad (SGM, International), Salman Butt (Tournament Director, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011); Mahbubul Anam (senior vice-president Bangladesh Cricket Board), Shafiqur Rahman (director BCB); Lalith Wickremasinghe (Sri Lanka Cricket), Duleep Mendis (SLC); Navin Marapana (SLC); N Srinivasan (Board of Control for Cricket in India), Ratnakar Shetty (BCCI).
For further information on the ICC, including the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in South Africa go to www.icc-cricket.com.
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