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Pak keen on joint bid for World Cup '11

A PCB official said they were very serious on hosting the cricketing carnival jointly and would finalise the bid in New Delhi on February 24th.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 16:41 IST

Pakistan was very keen to submit a joint bid to stage the 2011 World Cup along with three other Test-playing Asian countries.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said they were very serious on hosting the cricketing carnival jointly and would finalise the bid in New Delhi where heads of all the Boards-- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are meeting to decide on the matter.

"We are very serious about it and we have already held initial talks among ourselves, the official was quoted as saying in The News on Wednesday.

"We will try to finalise the bid in Delhi on February 24 and ensure it is submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC) by the given deadline (February 28)," he said.

The PCB chief Shaharyar Khan leaves on Thursdayto attend the meeting in Delhi.

The PCB official said despite strict conditions put up by the ICC for member countries to submit their bids, the four South Asian countries were confident of making the bid.

"The ICC is a flexible body and obviously they will give time to the bidding countries to fulfil all the requirements they have set forth in their questionnaire sent to all the Test playing countries," he said.

He said since India and Pakistan would host the majority share of the World Cup matches compared to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, they would like the distribution of share money by the ICC accordingly.

"At the Delhi meeting we should finalise the number of matches India will host, we will organise and those to be hosted by Sri Lanka and Bangladesh," he said.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 16:34 IST