Team visits CWC 2007 bidders

The Venue Assessment Team (VAT) for the tournament – due to be staged primarily in the West Indies – visited Lauderhill in Broward County, Florida, earlier this week, Antigua from June 8–9, St Kitts from June 9–10, Jamaica from June 10 –11 and conclude with Bermuda from June 11 – 12.

Said managing director of the tournament, Chris Dehring: “This tour is a critical phase in the venue selection process following which the VAT will prepare a technical report for submission to the CWC 2007 board who they will also fully brief on their findings.

“Prior to the submission of their report, the VAT will not disclose their findings, even to the CWC in keeping with our approach of fairness and professionalism.

“Nevertheless, I can say on behalf of the CWC 2007 and ICC officials who have accompanied the VAT on this tour that we have been impressed by the work done and efforts made by the respective countries in support of their bids.”

The touring party visited St Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent, Trinidad, Guyana, and Barbados on the first leg of the Venue Verification Tour from May 24 to 29.

On June 24 the VAT will present their technical report to the CWC 2007 Board who will make the decision on the venues and award of matches, which will then go to the ICC for approval.

The ICC will announce the venues that will host matches on July 4 while the award of matches will be revealed during a live television and radio broadcast on July 13.