WC 2011 logo launched amid fanfare

WC 2011 logo launched amid fanfare


From left: Clive Lloyd, Aravinda de Silva, Michael Bevan, Dilip Vengsarkar and Balvinder Sandhu pose with the 2011 WC trophy on Tuesday. PTI

Clive Lloyd, the captain of the West Indies sides that won in 1975 and 1979 in England, India’s 1983 winning-team members Balwinder Sandhu and Dilip Vengsarkar, Sri Lanka’s Aravinda D’Silva who played a major role in the 1996 Cup winning squad and Michael Bevan of Australia who was part of the team that won the crown in 1999 and 2003 were those present.

The sound and laser show that showcased the key moments of all the previous World Cups was a breathtaking affair. Lorgat sought to dispel fears of one-day format being overtaken by the huge popularity of the Twenty20 version saying that the limited overs World Cup continued to be ICC’s showpiece event.

“The (50-over) World Cup is the flagship event of the ICC. What we have will hold up in the future,” he announced to the audience which had several former Mumbai-based Test cricketers including Ajit Wadekar, Bapu Nadkarni and Umesh Kulkarni. Lorgat also said that the 2011 World Cup would be over in 40-plus dates and would involve 14 teams.

Pawar, the chairman of the 2011 World Cup Organising Committee, announced that the Indian board has decided to keep the ticket prices at affordable rates to encourage the student community to witness the matches and reiterated that Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium would host the final. “The Indian board has decided to keep the rates of the tickets low to encourage the student community. We don’t want to make too much money out of gates. “This has come after what we saw in the West Indies (during the 2007 World Cup),” he added.

Pawar also said that Pakistan, which would not hold any matches, would continue to be part of the organizational set-up. “I’m upset that a major partner Pakistan is not organising a match due to unfortunate circumstances.  They will be very much part of the organising committee and would help organize the World Cup in a dignified manner,” he said.

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