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Thursday, March 3, 2005 - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Chris Dehring, is warning countries chosen to host matches in the 2007 Cricket World Cup to guard against complacency.

Speaking at a Caribbean Media Exchange workshop in Trinidad recently, Mr. Dehring said the World Cup should be a priority at this time, even though it was two years away.

“The reality is, we have never hosted anything of this nature in the Caribbean, and we think we can put a few band-aids on some things and patch it up in time for the event. The event won’t be here if that’s the attitude. Long before it becomes that kind of problem the ICC will take it somewhere else they can depend on,” Mr. Dehring warned.

Mr. Dehring went on to emphasise that it was important that the time lines set by the ICC in terms of organising the World Cup were met: “Financial liabilities are too big. The entire cricket world is relying on us to deliver. It’s not just the West Indies that’s relying on this. Long before it becomes a major problem it will be taken, if we fall behind the time lines that have been set.”

Mr. Dehring called on the regional media to create incentives for the various local organising committees to carry on, despite obstacles and challenges they face and to play a leading role in educating the regional public on the various obligations that have to be met in order to host a successful World Cup.


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