An early start to preparations in the subcontinent April 14, 2007

World Cup 2011 hosts to meet in Pakistan

Cricinfo staff

The first meeting of the Central Organising Committee (COC) of the World Cup 2011, to be held in the subcontinent, will take place on May 18 in Bhurban, a popular tourist resort near Islamabad in Pakistan.

Senior board officials from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will meet over two days to begin discussions on the organisation of the tournament, the first time it is being held across four countries.

"Initially, the discussions will be on how the COC will be formed. Sharad Pawar is the chairman but other positions also need to be decided then," Saleem Altaf, director special projects, told Cricinfo. Talks will also take in the formation and likely roles of local organising committees (LOC) during the event. Altaf is expected to be on the committee.

After 1987 and 1996, this will be the third time the event has come to the subcontinent. The final is expected to be held in Delhi, with Sri Lanka and Pakistan getting a semi-final each. Of the 53 matches, India will stage 22, Pakistan 16, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six.