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Venue for '11 WC final yet to be decided

PCB staked its claim to host the 2011 World Cup final, saying the formula adopted during 1996 edition should be applied when the Asian subcontinent holds the extravaganza again.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 17:52 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday staked its claim to host the 2011 World Cup cricket final, saying the formula adopted during 1996 edition should be applied when the Asian subcontinent holds the extravaganza again.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said the venues for the semifinals and final of 2011 WC was yet to decided and the hosts would have to thrash out the issue before the International Cricket Council Executive Board meets in July.

"We'll soon discuss this matter with the other co-host countries although in principle it's decided the final will be staged in Pakistan and semi-finals in India. The PCB would like the formula of 1996 edition to be applied again," he was quoted as saying in The News on Wednesday.

The Asian Test playing nations — India,Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh— were awarded the 2011 World Cup by the ICC last week.

In 1996, India hosted two quarter-finals and the semifinals while Pakistan organised two quarter-finals and the final at Lahore.

In 1987, when Pakistan and India jointly hosted the World Cup, India got the lion's share organising one semi-final and the final with Pakistan was given just one semi-final.

Sri Lankaare set to host nine games and Bangladesh six with India organising 22 and Pakistan sixteen.