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Asians given extended deadline for World Cup bid submission

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Dubai, Mar 22 (UNI) The Asian joint World Cup bidders -- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka -- have been given an extension, till April 21, to submit a fresh bid for the 2011 event by the ICC Executive Board after several members expressed their opposition to the late submission made by the block on the second day of the Board's meeting here.

''Several members indicated that they were opposed to this proposal as the deadline had previously been agreed by all Members,'' an ICC release said here.

The ICC therefore decided to extend the deadline.

''Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been provided an extension to April 21 to produce an ICC Cricket World Cup hosting submission,'' the release added.

The governing body has also decided to add Twenty20 World Championship in the next package of ICC events through to 2015. The package will start with an invitational Twenty20 event next year followed by a 2009 event in which participation will be mandatory.

If the ICC accepts the bid from the Asian nations then England will withdraw its 2015 World Cup bid and will be given the right to host the Twenty20 World Championship in 2009 and the World Cup in 2019 at the ICC Annual Conference in July.

''Should the compliant submission be received and accepted, the Board will then determine the hosts of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and 2015 with Australasia and Asia being the two submissions to be considered,'' the release said.

The Board will meet on April 30 again to consider these issues and in case the Asian bid fails to meet submission deadline again then Australia and New Zealand's joint bid will be accepted while England's 2015 submission will stand.

''There was potential for an impasse on these two issues with several of our members holding strong views but this approach has allowed us to map out a way forward on these important topics to try and reach consensus. The programme of ICC events from 2007 to 2015 will now be considered again in April,'' ICC President Ehsan Mani said.

UNI XC PM PM1136

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