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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ICC World Cup 2011 Final to be Held in India

Today (28 April 2009), the organizing committee of the ICC World Cup 2011 held a meeting in Mumbai where some important decisions regarding the tournaments were taken. Some of the significant decisions made at the meeting are:

1. Final match of ICC World Cup 2011 will take place in India.

2. Out of 49 matches, 29 will be held in India across eight venues, 12 matches will take place in Sri Lanka in three stadiums, and Bangladesh will host 8 matches in 2 venues.

3. Re-allotment of 14 matches, which had initially been given to Pakistan who was recently stripped of the host status by ICC on security ground, has been completed at the meeting with India getting eight, Sri Lanka hosting 4 and Bangladesh staging 2 matches.

4. The decision of shifting the tournament secretariat from Lahore to Mumbai has been taken at the meeting too.

5. The tournament organizing committee will form an operations and planning incorporating Mahbubul Anam, the Bangladesh Cricket Board senior vice-president, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, Duleep Mendis from Sri Lanka and Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of BCCI.

6. Ratnakar Shetty has been appointed as the managing director of the tournament, replacing Salman Butt, a Pakistani banker, who was initially appointed in this post.

7. Special advisor to ICC, IS Bindra, will play a key role in the management of the tournament.

Well, this is definitely disappointing news for the Pakistani cricket fans that their country will not be allowed to host the 2011 ICC World Cup due to the uncertain security condition in the country. As security has become a very big issue ahead of this elite cricket tournament, there will be special committee working on security which will be headed by BCCI chief Shashank Manohar. Now, let us just hope to see a safe and successful world cup tournament in 2011.

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(This entry was originally uploaded in April 2009 in this blog. Then, it had to be deleted for technical problem. I am uploading again it today).

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