06 October 201000:17

ICC CWC 2011 COC takes stock

Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat express satisfaction in the progress of ICC's flagship event

ICC CWC 2011 COC takes stock - Cricket News

ICC President Sharad Pawar (L) and Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Central Organising Committee (COC), chaired by ICC President Sharad Pawar, met today (Wednesday) ahead of the LG ICC Awards in Bengaluru and heard that the ICC's flagship tournament is on course to deliver a global success.

After the COC meeting, where the Host Tournament Directors presented an update, Mr Pawar said: "I can assure everyone who attends the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 that they will be attending an exciting event staged in the most modern of cricket facilities.

"We have confirmed our deadline date for the completion of all stadia construction work to be 30 November 2010 and all playing facilities to be match-ready by 31 December 2010.

"All three host countries recognise that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 offers a unique opportunity to showcase their cricket and their country and all are committed to making this tournament a global success."

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat expressed satisfaction at the general progress in preparations for ICC's flagship event.

He said: "I am satisfied with the overall progress made to date and importantly, I am reassured to hear that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Security Directorate has all the safety and security plans in place for the event."

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Security Directorate is chaired by BCCI President Shashank Manohar and includes security agencies and independent consultants.

Mr Lorgat also revealed that all players and support staff attending the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka will be given further and updated education on the ICC's anti-corruption code.

"It is absolutely vital for our flagship event and the future prosperity of cricket that we maintain public confidence in the integrity of the game. Repeating the education and awareness to players and support staff will leave no room for doubt. We are committed to a zero-tolerance approach to corruption."

The COC also confirmed that Wizcraft International, an India-based company with offices worldwide, would be awarded the contract to deliver the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony in Dhaka on 17 February 2011 - two days before the opening game of the tournament in the same city.

Wizcraft have a wealth of experience in staging opening ceremonies - including the highly acclaimed opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last weekend. The opening ceremony will provide a showcase for the celebratory spirit of the tournament as well as the passion for the game in the subcontinent and the unique colour and spirit of the hosts - Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

Mr Pawar said: "The first phase of the ticket launch was a great success and now we are delighted that we can release more tickets for overseas cricket fans at prices that confirm the promise we made that this ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 would be affordable and accessible."

The COC confirmed that there will be further tickets available from stadium ticket offices and travel operators in addition to the tickets which are being made available online from 15 October. The ticket system has been developed by Kyazoonga.com.