Manohar promises top class facilities for 2011 World Cup

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Mumbai, Feb 8 (UNI) The Indian venues that will host the 2011 World Cup matches will fulfill all the requirements for hosting the mega event, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President-elect Shashank Manohar said.

Mr Manohar, in an interview given to the BCCI's newly launched quarterly newsletter, stated that preparations for achieving the aim will be constantly monitored by the Board.

He said, ''All the venues are expected to fulfill the requirements pertaining to spectator facilities, media facilities and, of course, quality wickets and outfield.'' Pointing out that former BCCI Chief I S Bindra is heading the Infrastructure Committee, Mr Manohar added, ''The BCCI has centrally procured modern ground maintenance equipment and has advised the venues to go in for the sprinkler system.'' The mega event is to be hosted jointly by four countries of the Indian sub-continent - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Speaking about his forthcoming stint as the BCCI President after taking over reins from Sharad Pawar, Mr Manohar said that he will hope to continue to carry on in the footsteps of Mr Pawar, who according to the President-elect ''has given the Board a new dimension''.

He said that the younger lot of cricketers, who clinched the World Twenty20 Cup in South Africa under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have shown that Indian cricket is ''alive and kicking''.

He also felt that when the day comes when top players like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble and Laxman call it a day, the new crop of players would keep the country's flag flying high.

A lawyer from Nagpur, Mr Manohar also sounded upbeat about the revamped National Cricket Academy at Bangalore, with Dav Whatmore as the director of its cricket operations. He also termed the domestic cricket structure in the country, including the junior cricket structure as ''undoubtedly the best in the world''.

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