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Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 10:46 GMT
England planning World Cup bids
England one-day players in Pakistan late last year
A 2015 World Cup in England would the fifth in the country
England is set to enter a bid to stage the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

And the England and Wales Cricket Board could also push to host the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in September 2007.

The ECB has until the end of the month to offer its proposals, with winners announced by the International Cricket Council in July.

A spokesman for the ECB told BBC Sport: "We won't be available for comment until after 28 February."

England staged the first three World Cups, from 1975 to 1983, but had to wait until 1999 for its fourth.

The 2007 World Cup will be held in the West Indies, with the ICC due to announce the hosts for both 2011 and 2015 after its annual summer meeting in London.

The 2011 tournament will be a straight fight between two contenders - Australia/New Zealand and a combined Asia bid featuring all four Test nations in the subcontinent.

FUTURE WORLD CUP HOSTS
2007: West Indies
2011: Australia/New Zealand OR combined Asia bid
2015: Australia/New Zealand or England

The Asia bid will not continue until 2015, however, meaning that if the Australasia bid is successful in 2011 England would be strong favourites for the following tournament.

An eight-year television deal starting next year is the reason for the ICC's need to announce hosts for both tournaments at the same time.

Any World Cup in Asia would be more costly to the ICC, because under a new formula, each country in a package of joint hosts would receive the same full fee.

Set at $10m (5.76m), this means the Asian option would cost $40m, against $20 million for Australia and New Zealand against just $10 million for England.

However, India is the financial powerhouse that drives world cricket due to its huge population of avid fans.

A meeting of cricket board chief executives in Dubai this week endorsed the concept of an international Twenty20 tournament but that still needs rubber-stamping next month.


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