Eleven pad up for CWC 2007

The ICC has confirmed by the closing date last week bids were received from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the US.

Trinidad & Tobago nearly missed out – its application arrived more than an hour after the official deadline had passed.

Only the Bahamas did not follow up its previously stated interest to host games.

A minimum of eight cricket stadia are required to stage the event.

All elements of the submissions including time of delivery, completeness and content will now be considered by the Venue Assessment Team (VAT), comprising an independent group of world games experts headed by IMG.

The VAT, alongside representatives of the ICC and CWC 2007, will also visit each bidding country between May 24 and June 7 to inspect the facilities and clarify elements of the bid submissions.

The VAT will then make their recommendations based solely on technical merit to the board of directors of CWC 2007 who will decide the host venues and match awards, subject to the approval of the ICC.

Said CWC 2007 managing director, Chris Dehring: “We are extremely pleased that so many countries have made themselves available to share with the WICB and CWC 2007, the responsibility of hosting this mammoth event.

“This response by the cricket associations and their respective governments gives us tremendous confidence to collectively stage a successful Cricket World Cup in 2007.”

The Cricket World Cup host venues are scheduled to be announced on July 2 with the award of matches set for July 12.