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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mumbai to host 2011 World Cup final...!

Mumbai to host 2011 World Cup final

Mumbai will host the final and Mohali one of the semi-finals, according to the allocation of India's share of matches in the 2011 cricket World Cup announced on Wednesday. India, which co-hosts the showpiece event with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in February-March 2011, will organise 29 matches at eight venues, the Indian cricket board said in a statement.

The full schedule of the 14-nation tournament is due to be announced in Mumbai on November 9. The Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, being renovated for the World Cup, will host three matches, including the final, while Mohali will stage one semi-final and two other games.

The one quarter-final allotted to India will be held in the western city of Ahmedabad, which will also host two more matches. New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur and Kolkata will each stage four matches, including one featuring the home team.

Sri Lanka will host 12 and Bangladesh eight of the remaining 20 games in the 49-match tournament after Pakistan were removed as co-hosts by the International Cricket Council due to security concerns. Sri Lanka will stage the other semi-final and one quarter-final, while Bangladesh will host the opening ceremony on February 18 and two quarter-finals.

The 14 teams have been divided into two groups with the top four from each qualifying for the quarter-finals. Group A features defending champions Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya. Group B comprises India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Distribution of India's matches:

Mumbai: Final plus two matches

Mohali: Semi-final plus two matches.

Ahmedabad: Quarter-final plus two matches.

New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Kolkata host four matches each


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