WI vote proved decisive for Asia: PCB

PCB insiders revealed lucrative financial returns tempted the West Indies to go in their favour.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 14:20 IST

A top Pakistan cricket official on Tuesday said the West Indies' vote in favour of Asia proved decisive in winning the bid to host the 2007 World Cup by beating the joint proposal of Australia and New Zealand.

"The African countries were with us but the vote by the West Indies proved decisive", PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said soon after his return from ICC Executive Board meeting in Dubai where India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were given the joint rights to host the World Cup.

Pakistan also got the right to host the 2008 ICC Champions Trophy.

Shaharyar, however, refused to reveal why the West Indies voted in favour of Asia despite having a history of supporting Australia and England.

But PCB insiders revealed lucrative financial returns tempted the West Indies to go in their favour.

In the final presentation (on Sunday) and even a day before, Asia's bigwigs persuaded the West Indies to vote for them while conveying that if Asia got the World Cup, each of the full members would earn a minimum of USD 14 million as participation fee, sources said.

The appearance money in the 2011 World Cup is nearly USD 5 million more than what the countries would get to play in the 2007 World Cup.

In fact, the Asian bosses knew that West Indies Cricket was heading for bankruptcy and needed money to improve and uplift its infrastructure to restore the lost pride and image.

The West Indies have also proposed India and Pakistan to play a tri-nation one-day series in United States to raise money, the sources said.

As per the Asian proposal, 15 venues would be used for 51 matches with eight venues in India, four in Pakistan, two in Bangladesh and one in Sri Lanka. India would host 22 games, Pakistan 14, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six. The venues of the semi-finals and the final is yet to be decided.

Shaharyar Khan, when asked if the participating countries would play in Colombo and Karachi, said Asia had given guarantees and if required, further guarantees would be given.

The event is still five year away and we will keep monitoring the situation. Security guarantees have been given by our respective governments, he said.

Australia and the West Indies had forfeited their Colombo matches in the 1996 World Cup while top teams have refused to play in Karachi.

India broke that deadlock when they played in Karachi earlierin 2006while England only played a one-dayer in December2005.

First Published: May 02, 2006 14:14 IST