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CRICKET WORLDCUP 2011

Posted by anccricket on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 PM

                  


The 14th edition of ICC World Cup cricket tournament will be co-hosted by three South

Asian test playing counties: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. ICC World Cup 2011 kicks off with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Bangladesh on 17 February 2011. The same venue will host the opening game of the tournament between Bangladesh and India on 19 February. Out of total 49 matches in the tournament, India will host highest 29 games including a quarter final and the tournament final. Sri Lanka will organize 12 matches including a quarter final as well as a semi final, while Bangladesh will stage 8 games including 2 quarter finals. Except the opening game, India will play all of their group stage matches at home; while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the group stage matches in front of their home crowd.

 

India will host its first match on 20 February when Kenya and New Zealand will face each other at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai. The first game in Sri Lanka will be held on the same day at Hambantota where Sri Lankan team will take on Canada. Pakistan was one of the co-hosts of the tournament initially, but was stripped off the host status on security ground by ICC. Pakistan will play all of their matches in Sri Lanka unless they reach the semi final. If Pakistan can get into the last four of the tournament, they have to travel to India.

 

Tournament Venues

All of the 49 matches will be held in 13 different venues across the three countries. Except two new venues in Sri Lanka (Hambantota and Pallekele), the rest of them are test venues including India’s 8 well-known test grounds. Here, I am giving the names of the venues:

 

India

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai,

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad,

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur,

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi,

Eden Gardens, Kolkata,

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore,

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh,

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

 

Bangladesh

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

 

Sri Lanka

Hambantota,

Pallekele,

R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Format of the Tournament

There are 14 teams who will be participating in the tournament including 10 test playing nations and 4 associate member countries. The test playing teams have automatically qualified for the tournament, while the 4 associate members have come through the qualifying tournament held in South Africa earlier this year. The four associate members are: Ireland, Canada, Netherlands and Kenya.

The format of ICC World Cup 2011 is not same to that of the previous world cup that took place in West Indies in 2007. All of the 14 teams are divided into two groups of 7 teams each. In the group stage, each team will play against all other group members once in a round robin league system.

 

Group A: Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya

Group B: India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands.

 

In 2007 world cup, there was a ‘Super Eight’ phase involving 8 teams who qualified through group stage, and four best teams from ‘Super Eight’ progressed to the semi final. However, there is no super eight phase in 2011 world cup. In stead, top four teams from each group in terms of points achieved will qualify for the quarter final. There are four quarter finals scheduled to take place on 23 March, 24 March, 25 March and 26 March. That means knock out stage starts just after the group stage. Four winners of the four quarter finals will get into the semi final of the tournament. The winners of the semi finals will meet each other in the tournament final at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 2 April 2009.

 

The probable reason behind the format change is perhaps to ensure that each of the participating teams play at least 6 games even if they fail to qualify for the quarter final. Last year, two test playing nations: India and Pakistan- failed to reach the ‘Super Eight’ round and had to go back home, having played only 2 matches. The early exit of the two cricket powerhouses caused huge loss for the TV channels, sponsors as well as for those who bought time slots for TV commercials beforehand to promote their products. That is why, ICC has now ensured that each of the teams will play at least 6 games in the 2011 tournament.

 

Here, I am giving the full schedule of the ICC World Cup 2011 tournament:

 

 


Sat Feb 19 1st match - India v Bangladesh

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur


Sun Feb 20 3rd match - Sri Lanka v Canada

Hambantota International Cricket Stadium


Sun Feb 20 2nd match - Kenya v New Zealand

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai


Mon Feb 21 4th match - Australia v Zimbabwe

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad


Tue Feb 22 5th match - England v Netherlands

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur


Wed Feb 23 6th match - Kenya v Pakistan

Hambantota International Cricket Stadium


Thu Feb 24 7th match - South Africa v West Indies

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi


Fri Feb 25 9th match - Bangladesh v Ireland

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur


Fri Feb 25 8th match - Australia v New Zealand

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur


Sat Feb 26 10th match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Sun Feb 27 11th match - India v England

Eden Gardens, Kolkata


Mon Feb 28 12th match - Netherlands v West Indies

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi


Mon Feb 28 13th match - Canada v Zimbabwe

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur


Tue Mar 1 14th match - Kenya v Sri Lanka

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Wed Mar 2 15th match - England v Ireland

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore


Thu Mar 3 17th match - Canada v Pakistan

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Thu Mar 3 16th match - Netherlands v South Africa

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh


Fri Mar 4 19th match - Bangladesh v West Indies

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur


Fri Mar 4 18th match - New Zealand v Zimbabwe

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad


Sat Mar 5 20th match - Australia v Sri Lanka

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Sun Mar 6 21st match - India v Ireland

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore


Sun Mar 6 22nd match - England v South Africa

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai


Mon Mar 7 23rd match - Canada v Kenya

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi


Tue Mar 8 24th match - New Zealand v Pakistan

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium


Wed Mar 9 25th match - India v Netherlands

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi


Thu Mar 10 26th match - Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium


Fri Mar 11 28th match - Bangladesh v England

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong


Fri Mar 11 27th match - Ireland v West Indies

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh


Sat Mar 12 29th match - India v South Africa

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur


Sun Mar 13 30th match - Canada v New Zealand

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai


Sun Mar 13 31st match - Australia v Kenya

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore


Mon Mar 14 33rd match - Bangladesh v Netherlands

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong


Mon Mar 14 32nd match - Pakistan v Zimbabwe

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium


Tue Mar 15 34th match - Ireland v South Africa

Eden Gardens, Kolkata


Wed Mar 16 35th match - Australia v Canada

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore


Thu Mar 17 36th match - England v West Indies

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai


Fri Mar 18 37th match - New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai


Fri Mar 18 38th match - Ireland v Netherlands

Eden Gardens, Kolkata


Sat Mar 19 40th match - Bangladesh v South Africa

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur


Sat Mar 19 39th match - Australia v Pakistan

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Sun Mar 20 41st match - Kenya v Zimbabwe

Eden Gardens, Kolkata


Sun Mar 20 42nd match - India v West Indies

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai


Wed Mar 23 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur


Thu Mar 24 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Fri Mar 25 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur


Sat Mar 26 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad


Tue Mar 29 Semi Final - TBC v TBC

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Wed Mar 30 Semi Final - TBC v TBC

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh


Sat Apr 2 Final - TBC v TBC

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai



 



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1:02 AM on June 18, 2010 
india will win cricket worldcup 2011 comfortably