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Last Updated: Friday, 3 June, 2005, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
India preparing for 2011 Cup bid
World Cup trophy
India's cricketers would love to lift the World Cup on home soil
India are to set to launch a bid to stage the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

The tournament has been played in the sub-continent on twice in the past, India co-hosting with Pakistan in 1987 and with Pakistan in Sri Lanka in 1996.

Indian board president Ranbir Singh Mahendra said they had not yet decided whether it should be a joint bid or whether they would try to go it alone.

"We have plenty of time to decide these things. But we are serious about holding the 2011 World Cup," he added.

India will face opposition from 1992 hosts Australia and New Zealand, who are planning another joint application.

"We will express our interest but do not know what the bidding process will be yet," said New Zealand Cricket chief Martin Snedden.

But he added: "Because of the number of countries in the Asian region, it will come around more frequently there."

A decision on who should host the tournament will be taken by full and associate members of the International Cricket Council.

An ICC spokesman told BBC Sport, however, that it was not on the agenda for this year's meeting which will take place next month.

The next World Cup takes place in 2007 when it will be staged in the West Indies for the first time.




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