NZ-Aust gets 2015 Cricket World Cup
01 May 2006Â
By COEN LAMMERS
New Zealand and Australia will host the 2015 Cricket World Cup after they missed out on hosting the 2011 World Cup.
The executive board of the International Cricket Council in Dubai late last night awarded the 2011 World Cup to a joint bid from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but was sufficiently impressed with the trans-Tasman bid to also award the hosting rights for 2015.
Both events will need to be ratified by the ICC annual conference in July but that is not expected to be anything more than a rubber-stamping exercise.
Before the ICC executive board met last night, New Zealand and Australian officials were still confident that their recent history of hosting major sporting events would be a decisive factor but the numerical advantage of the Asian bid on the 10-member board and their economic clout proved to be too big a hurdle.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden last night said he was "naturally disappointed our bid was unsuccessful" but quickly focused on the positives of hosting the following World Cup.
He said the sporting and financial benefits to both countries would be huge with Australia and New Zealand each hosting 25 of the 51 matches. The venue of the final is yet to be decided.
He added that even though 2015 "may seem a long way off", preparations for the event would have to start soon. [/b]