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    Canada declares interest in co-hosting 2007 World Cup

    Canada declares interest in co-hosting 2007 World Cup.


    Richard Sydenham (Bloomberg) - 4 April
    2003

    Canada may stage some cricket matches at the 2007 World
    Cup after its administrators held talks with the West Indies
    Cricket Board, which is hosting the event.

    "I've had informal discussions and indicated an interest,"
    Canada Cricket Association President Geoff Edwards said
    in an interview. "First we must do some groundwork and see
    if there is any merit in making a bid. I believe there is."

    The 14 Caribbean islands that comprise the WICB, plus
    Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas are
    interested in putting on matches at the four-yearly
    tournament. The International Cricket Council will discuss in
    June whether the U.S. should also be one of the co-hosts,
    with matches possible in Florida or California.

    "It will be a unique tournament because so many nations are
    competing for host status," said Chris Dehring, managing
    director of the 2007 World Cup. "We are also conscious of
    the ICC's mandate to spread cricket in North America so
    we'll be looking at that too."

    Hosting games may help the sport develop in Canada, which
    has 250 organized clubs, 20,000 players and made its
    second World Cup appearance this year in South Africa.
    Although it finished sixth in the seven-nation group, the team recorded a surprise win
    over Bangladesh, one of the 10 elite Test nations.

    The SkyDome, home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, would be the most
    likely venue, Edwards said. The city used to stage an annual one-day cricket series
    between India and Pakistan.

    The WICB may favor Canada's involvement because the stadium holds about
    50,000 people, four times as many as the average Caribbean ground. More ticket
    sales would boost the WICB's revenue.

    Canada's recent World Cup was mixed. The team was dismissed by Sri Lanka for
    36, the lowest total in the tournament's history. Four days earlier against the West
    Indies, opener John Davison hit the fastest World Cup hundred in 67 balls.

    "The coverage was tremendous and there was a groundswell of support," Edwards
    said. "Hosting a World Cup would probably see that interest magnified 1,000 times.
    It would be the perfect way to bring cricket to the mainland of Canada and the U.S."

    Bloomberg

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    The distance involved makes this a bit unlikely IMO
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