HOME   
   NEWS   
   BUSINESS   
   CRICKET   
   SPORTS   
   MOVIES   
   NET GUIDE   
   SHOPPING   
   BLOGS  
   ASTROLOGY  
   MATCHMAKER  


Search:



The Web

Rediff









World Cup 2003
News
Schedule
Match Reports
Scorecards
Graphical Analysis
Squads
Venues
WC Format
Columns
Interviews
Specials
Gallery
Audio
Fantasy Cricket
Discussion Groups



Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > Reuters > Report

Windies 2007 faces major
challenges: Bacher


March 07, 2003 12:01 IST

World Cup executive director Ali Bacher has warned organisers of the 2007 tournament in the West Indies that they face enormous challenges in staging a successful tournament.

Bacher told a news conference on Thursday that West Indian grounds and airports would require significant upgrading.

He added: "It's so different from organising a bi-lateral (cricket) series. It requires a different mindset.

"You have enormous challenges ahead of you. It's a wonderful part of the world but you will have challenges.

"You have an unbelievable opportunity by improving your infrastructure of your grounds and particularly your airports."

He praised the West Indies for having produced so many of cricket's great players considering the region's limited facilities.

Chris Dehring, the managing director of Windies World Cup 2007, said there are nine existing venues in the Caribbean, adding there would be strong competition between the region's 14 countries to host World Cup matches.

"We have never had a global event. All of these challenges create an opportunity," he said.

He said the International Cricket Council is due to visit the region in April or May to discuss the 2007 tournament.

Dehring agreed that logistics presented the major obstacles for the 2007 organisers but added marketing would be important.

He said he did not want to criticise the 1999 World Cup in England but "if you did not know the World Cup was going on, you would not have known the World Cup was going on.

"The cricket World Cup 2003 is the best World Cup ever...until Windies World Cup 2007."

The news conference was told that former Test player Mike Findlay, one of the Windies 2007 delegation observing the 2003 World Cup, had almost failed to enter South Africa after immigration officials questioned the validity of his passport, saying they had never heard of St Vincent.

© Copyright 2003 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.


Share your comments


 What do you think about the story?




Read what others have to say:


Number of User Comments: 2




Sub: About World Cup 2007

I was wondering when you will get the schedule for the 2007 world cup and what teams are going to be in it. I hope ...


Posted by Keenan Fish





Sub: Improvement In West Indies

Whatever I have seen in the past, I have also got the feeling that the ground of the West Indies needs to be improved a ...


Posted by Mohammad Irfan




Disclaimer



Article Tools

Email this Article

Printer-Friendly Format

Letter to the Editor



Related Stories


Rain forces WI, B'desh share points



People Who Read This Also Read


Pitches suiting Lanka: Sangakkara

Allan Donald calls it a day

India lose appeal for semi switch







HOME   
   NEWS   
   BUSINESS   
   CRICKET   
   SPORTS   
   MOVIES   
   NET GUIDE   
   SHOPPING   
   BLOGS  
   ASTROLOGY  
   MATCHMAKER  
Copyright © 2003 rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.