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13 countries keen to host 20-20 WC: ICC

ICC sent another coded message to the BCCI by claiming that 13 countries were keen to host a Twenty-20 World Championship next year.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 23:29 IST

International Cricket Council on Thursday sent another coded message to the BCCI by claiming that 13 countries were keen to host a Twenty-20 World Championship next year.

Australia, Bermuda, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the West Indies have all indicated their desire to host the inaugural Twenty20 championship planned in late 2007 while England, Hong Kong, Nepal and Scotland have also expressed an interest in hosting future events, the ICC said.

The BCCI has firmly opposed the instant variety of the game, saying the version served only to fill the coffers of the English cricket board (ECB) and that the dates of the proposed championship clashed with the Indian season.

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said that the response for the tournament was encouraging.

"For 18 months the ICC has been consistently reviewing the role that Twenty20 cricket could play internationally and this response indicates that there is strong interest from many parts of the cricket world in this type of event," he said.

Speed informed that Tewnty20 cricket would come up for discussion at the ICC meeting in Dubai in March this year.

"It is now a matter for the ICC Board to consider at its meeting in Dubai in March. The Board will decide whether it is now appropriate to introduce an international Twenty20 event and, if so, when and in what form," Speed added.

First Published: Jan 26, 2006 21:22 IST