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There could be a tie over WC '11 bid: ICC

It indicated that a decision on who would host the 2011 World Cup might not be possible on Sunday, thanks to the strong bids submitted by the Asian bloc and Australia-New Zealand.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 14:05 IST

International Cricket Council on Friday indicated that a decision on who would host the 2011 World Cup might not be possible on Sunday, thanks to the strong bids submitted by the Asian bloc and Australia-New Zealand.

ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed said that the compelling bids submitted by the two parties might see neither of them receiving a majority from the Execute Board, which is to meet here and decide the host on April 30.

"It may be that neither submission has sufficient support at the end of the meeting in which case the Board will have to reconvene at a later date," Speed was quoted as saying in an ICC media release.

That situation might lead to a decision on who would host the 2015 edition of the game's flagship event being put on hold, too.

"We put in place some very strict compliance guidelines so a lot of work has gone into both of these submissions" by the four Asian Test playing nations and Australia-New Zealand, Speed said.

"Both have government support and have indicated their ability to comply with strict ICC criteria regarding the number of venues, the quality of facilities and the exemption from tax.

"This leaves us in a very positive position where we have two strong options for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and there will doubtless be extensive discussion as to which submission will be successful."

"This has happened in the past, most notably during discussions regarding the hosting of the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup, and is something we will deal with if required," Speed said.

A decision of the ICC Board requires the support of the majority of Full and Associate Member representatives including at least seven of the 10 Full Members.

If the Board makes a decision on the hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and 2015 it will then consider the hosting of a range of other events including the ICC Champions Trophy and a Twenty20 World Championship, the ICC release said.

After the last ICC Board meeting in Dubai in March, it was agreed to give leave to the four Asian countries to make a late compliant submission on or prior to 21 April, 2006 subject to the following conditions:

The Twenty20 World Championship would be adopted as an official part of the ICC Events programme.

The first ICC Twenty20 World Championship would be played in 2007.

This event would be conducted on the basis that invitations would be issued to Members to participate but participation would be voluntary and not mandatory.

The ICC Twenty20 World Championship in 2009 and thereafter would be mandatory for all Full Members to compete.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would be invited to host the ICC Twenty20 Championship in 2009.

ECB would also be invited to host the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.

Almost 80 submissions have been received from ICC Members for the package of events that stretches through to 2015.

The proposed formats for these major ICC events will account for approximately 175 days of cricket over nine years from 2007 to 2015 as opposed to the 186 days of ICC tournament cricket that were included in the shorter cycle from 2000 to 2007.

Six members have submitted to host the new-format eight team ICC Champions Trophy which will take place from 2008.

These are Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the West Indies.

Seven members have submitted to host what is expected to become a nine-day Twenty20 event which could begin as early as 2007.

These are England, Malaysia, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE and the West Indies.

Four countries have submitted to host the first ICC Women's World Cup in 2009. These are Australia, India, Malaysia and UAE.

Other events to be considered include Division One of the ICC World Cricket League, the ICC World Cup Qualifier (formerly ICC Trophy) and the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

All decisions regarding the hosting of major ICC events are subject to final approval of the ICC Annual Conference, to take place at Lord's Cricket Ground in July 2006.