Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

ECB Can Prepare for World Cup 2019

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

ECB Can Prepare for World Cup 2019

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THE England and Wales Cricket Board can begin the process of allocating matches for the 2019 World Cup after finalising the hosting agreement with the International Cricket Council.

The ICC decided that the tournament would come to England and Wales as far back as 2006, but the ECB has just signed the paperwork that will begin the procession of putting venues out to tender.

The ECB is currently preparing for next month's Champions Trophy and the team behind that event - headed by former South Africa all-rounder Steve Elworthy - will also be laying the foundations for the World Cup.

ECB chief executive David Collier, who signed the agreement in Dubai, said: "The signing of this agreement now enables the ECB to enter into staging agreements with venues who wish to stage matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar (pictured below) enjoyed a "perfect ending" to his Indian Premier League career after retiring from the competition following Mumbai Indians' titlewinning victory over Chennai Super Kings. …

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