2011 WC final in Lahore, semis in India

According to the joint bid document, India would host 22 matches, Pakistan 14, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six in the World Cup.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 13:19 IST

While Pakistan will host the final of the 2011 World Cup cricket in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, India will stage the two semi-finals, proposes the joint bid document by the two countries.

"We have agreed to the same formula as in the 1996 World Cup (hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) under which Lahore would host the final while the semi-finals would be held in India," Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan told IANS from New Delhi.

The bid document will be formally presented to the International Cricket Council at its headquarters in Dubai April 20.

"I am very satisfied with the bid document. But before submitting, we will give one final look at the document April 17 in Dubai," he said following a top-level meeting of the four bidding cricket boards in New Delhi on Thursday night.

Khan said India would host 22 matches, Pakistan 14, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six, assuming there will be 51 matches in the World Cup.

"Once our bid is accepted, we will decide where and when the matches will be played. But the four countries have agreed to host six matches each of the initial league phase," he disclosed.

"We have also asked ICC to place the four host countries in different groups so that they can play their league matches in their own countries before the Super Eights (the second stage of the tournament)."

India will host most of the Super Eight matches and Pakistan the next largest number of encounters.

Khan said the ICC had agreed to make a concession for the bidders— India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh— and allowed them to present their bid by April 21 instead of Feb 28, the original deadline for submitting the bids.

Australia and New Zealand have also submitted a joint bid to host the 2011 World Cup.

Talking about the demanding 100-page ICC Compliance Manual that lists the prerequisites and stipulations of hosting ICC events, Khan said the joint bidders have agreed to meet most its requirements.

"We are meeting all requirements of the Compliance Manual as it is an ICC event, and not one between India and Pakistan," he said.

"We have met most of the demands of the Compliance Manual, but we will negotiate some of them."

Sources said that India would host the matches at eight venues after initially saying they would be hosting them at 22 venues.

He said Pakistan would use six venues— Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Peshawar, Multan and Faisalabad.

Sri Lanka would use two venues— R Premadasa Stadium and Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo— and Bangladesh have listed three— Dhaka's Bangabandhu National Stadium, Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and Narayanganj Osmani Stadium in Fatullah.

"But eventually Bangladesh may use only one venue for the six matches," Khan said.

The meeting was attended by Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sharad Pawar and its secretary Niranjan Shah, Khan and PCB general manager (cricket operations) Salim Altaf, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Duleep Mendis and board member Prakash Shafter, and Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mohammed Ali Asghar and its CEO Mahmoodur Rehman.

India had hosted the 1987 World Cup jointly with Pakistan and the 1996 World Cup with Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

First Published: Apr 14, 2006 15:20 IST