In just three days, twelve countries throughout the region will formally submit their bids for selection as host venues for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.
The Bid Committees of Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and The United States are currently finalizing their official responses to the 290-page ICC CWC 2007 Bid Book.
Due May 6 by 7:30 p.m. in Bridgetown, Barbados, each country is required to present responses to the "24 Deliveries" in the Bid Book that make up the venue development and event operations blueprint for a successful event in the West Indies in 2007.
According to Chris Dehring, Managing Director of ICC Cricket World Cup W.I. 2007 Inc. (CWC 2007), "Several of the Bid Committees have reported that they are now working around the clock to meet the challenge of responding to the Bid Book.
"The region should be very proud in advance for the work and effort by all to date as this exercise is a critical building block on the road to a successful event." he added.
"We are very confident that the collective resources, intellect and will of the region will result in exciting proposals which will meet and even surpass expectations of the ICC and the global cricket fraternity."
One of the requirements of the Bid Submission is that each country's document must be signed by both the Head of Government and president of the national cricket association. With just one week to go, many governments are making parliamentary submissions where appropriate as they approve stadium projects, national infrastructure improvement projects and event-related budgets in order to fulfill the requirements to become a host venue.
Following the Bid Submission on May 6, there will be two months of intensive review and critical analysis by the CWC 2007 Venue Assessment Team (VAT), a group of professionals with world games experience. This will include a verification tour to each country submitting a bid in order for the VAT to complete their assessment and recommendation to the CWC 2007 Board of Directors and the ICC.
The award of matches by the CWC 2007 Board of Directors requires approval by the ICC and is scheduled to be announced on July 12 2004 when the world will know which countries are selected to host the 51 matches of the Cricket World Cup, including the final & semi-finals.
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