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  • ICC panel to meet on May 27

    Mumbai: The Operational Planning Committee of the ICC World Cup 2011 will meet here at the Cricket Centre here on May 27, three days after the DLF-IPL final in South Africa.

    The committee felt there had to be successful trials of an appropriate colour ball for such matches. The red ball currently used for Tests would not be of use at night and there remains an issue concerning the lasting qualities of the white ball.

    Jamieson Cambell, General Manager, Commercial, International Cricket Council will also attend the meeting to advise the committee on planning and draw the budget for the World Cup.

    The Operational Planning Committee members are Mahbubul Anam (Bangladesh, Convenor), N. Srinivasan (India), Duleep Mendis (Sri Lanka) and Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (Event Managing Director).
    On the decision to drop Pakistan as host country because of security concerns, a BCCI official said it was an unanimous 12-0 vote in favour of the decision with the PCB representative abstaining.

    Lorgat said the ICC was willing to consider any proposal, including day-night Tests, to make the longer version of the game more spectators friendly.

    "The committee recognised the need to promote Test cricket and was happy for talks on this matter to advance. However, before it gave the concept the green light it agreed that several aspects needed to be firmed up first," he said.

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