ICC Cricket World Cup Bill goes to National Assembly

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 31ST 2006 (CUOPM) ““ The St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly will debate on Tuesday, the omnibus Bill which facilitates the conduct of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to be held in the West Indies.

The Bill, a one off measure stands in the name of Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, makes provisions with respect to certain anticipation effects

Although the legislation is to govern Cricket World Cup 2007, several of the provisions of the Bill are expressed to apply only during the match period, which period is to be declared by the Minister. The intention is that this period will run from a certain number of days prior to the match or event and end some days after the conclusion of the match or event.

The Bill is divided into Seven Parts and contains 59 clauses.

Part I sets out the preliminary matters of the sort title and interpretation.

Part II, Cricket World Cup 2007 special arrangements for matters such as the declaration of venues and match periods, the closure of roads, the sale and distribution of tickets, the issuance of visas and exemption from taxes and duties.

Part III deals with the conduct of persons at the Cricket World Cup 2007 venues, while part four, the control of advertising.  In particular, provisions have been made to address matters such as “ambush marketing.”

Part V deals with the protection of the Cricket World Cup 2007 marks, indicia and images.

Part VI outlines the remedies available for any legal injuries which may occur and Part art VII deals with general and miscellaneous matter.

The Bill is a “sunset legislation” which is expressed to cease to have effect for all purpose on 30 June 2007.

St. Kitts and Nevis will host six Phase One matches in the 9th Cricket World Cup 2007.

The twin island Federation hosts Australia, South Africa, Scotland and The Netherlands (Holland) at Warner Park.

Following the opener on March 13th between the West Indies and Pakistan in Jamaica, Australia will open the defense of its cricket World Cup title against Scotland in St. Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday 14th March.

Other matches set for St. Kitts and Nevis are South Africa vs The Netherlands (Holland) on Friday 16th March; Australia vs The Netherlands (Holland) on Sunday 18th March ; South Africa vs Scotland on Tuesday 20th March; Scotland vs The Netherlands (Holland) Thursday 22nd March and Australia vs South Africa on Saturday 24th March.

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