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The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be hosted by three South Asian Test
cricket playing countries: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The World Cup will use
cricket's One Day International format, with fourteen national cricket teams
scheduled to compete. The World Cup will take place between February and
early April 2011, with the first match to be played on 19 February 2011 with
co-hosts India and Bangladesh facing off at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
in Mirpur, Dhaka.The opening ceremony will be held on 17 February 2011, two days
before the start of the tournament.
ICC prefers to rotate World Cup venues between major cricket playing nations.
The world cups have been hosted by England (Three times 1975,1979,1983),
India/Pakistan 1987, Australia/New Zealand 1992, India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka 1996,
England (UK,Netherlands) 1999, South Africa (Zimbabwe,Kenya) 2003, West Indies
2007. For the 2011 World Cup Australia/New Zealand were a strong contender ahead
of India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh because they had not hosted a World cup
since 1992. In the final voting India won because they argued that since they
were a bigger group of countries they should be assigned a World cup more
frequently. Due to this, Australia/New Zealand were awarded the 2015 World Cup.
On 1 June 2010, the first phase of tickets for the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri
Lanka and Bangladesh have been put on sale following a meeting of the
tournament's Central Organising Committee in Mumbai.
Late in 2007, the four host nations agreed upon a revised format for the 2011
World Cup identical to the 1996 World Cup, the only change being the no. of
teams as it was 12 in 1996 and 14 in 2011. The first round of the tournament
will be a round-robin in which the 14 teams are divided into 2 groups of 7 teams
each. The 7 teams play each other once with the top 4 from each group qualifying
for the quarter-finals. The format ensures that each team gets to play a minimum
of 6 matches even if they are ruled out of the tournament due to early defeats.
The semi-final venues are the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka and PCA
Stadium in Mohali, India
The final is scheduled to be played at the renovated Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai,
The 2011 Cricket World Cup winning team would be taking home a prize money of
US$ 3 million, with the International Cricket Council deciding to double the
total allocation for the coveted tournament to US$ 10 million.
Stumpy is the official mascot for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He was
unveiled at a function in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday, 2 April 2010. He is a
ten year old elephant who is very young, enthusiastic and is determined.
Cricket-followers based all over the world were able to participate in a contest
to name the mascot. The official name of the mascot was released on Monday, 2
August 2010 after an online competition conducted by the International Cricket
Council in the last week of July, 2010.
The World Cup has grown as a media event with each tournament. International
Cricket Council has sold the rights for broadcasting of 2011 Cricket World Cup
for around US$ 2 Billion to ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket. The tournament
would be broadcast all around the world in about 220 countries.
( Courtesy: Wikkipedia)