ICC Cricket World Cup

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This month India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh collectively play host to the 2011 Cricket World Cup – the cricketing world’s premier tournament.


The six-week cricket feast will be hosted by 13 cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Mohali, Mumbai (Bombay), Nagpur, and New Delhi (all in India); Colombo, Hambantota, and Kandy in Sri Lanka; and Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh.


The World Cup sees 14 teams battling for supremacy in the One-Day International format of the game. Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada, and Kenya feature in Group A, while India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, and the Netherlands are the teams in Group B.


The tournament kicks off when India travels to Dhaka on February 19 to take on Bangladesh – the side that beat them in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Bangladesh, which has proved hard to beat at home, will relish the opportunity to upset the tournament favourites.


Delhi

The final will be contested at the revamped Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2.


Tickets for the World Cup are available through the International Cricket Council (ICC), while Qatar Airways has a comprehensive flight network that will deliver you to numerous cities in the three countries.


As any cricket follower would know, the game has religion-like status on the Subcontinent. Attending a World Cup match at a stadium with 80,000 screaming fanatics may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for many it will prove the experience of a lifetime. The atmosphere at any international cricket match in the region is electric, and the World Cup is guaranteed to entertain both on and off the field.


Mumbai

The 2011 tournament will be the tenth in the history of World Cup Cricket. Reigning World Champion Australia has won it on four occasions, the West Indies came out on top twice, and India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka have each been victorious once.


South Africa, an excellent one-day side but repeatedly labelled as ‘chokers’, has never won the Cricket World Cup; neither has England. Australia clinched the last three Cups, but is low in confidence after recently losing the Test cricket Ashes to traditional rival England for the third time in succession. England’s comfortable victory at last year’s Twenty20 World Cup and its good showing at the Ashes will certainly inspire belief in its players that this year could be their turn for Cricket World Cup glory. But throw in the mercurial Pakistanis and the skilful Sri Lankans and the race for the trophy is wide open.


Chennai

But more than just for the cricket itself, this World Cup represents a fantastic opportunity for visitors to explore Southern Asia. India’s sights and sounds need little introduction; Sri Lanka was ranked number one in The New York Times ‘Places to see in 2010’; and Bangladesh is a hidden gem of a tourist destination that boasts beautiful countryside, fantastic shopping opportunities, and an economy that is growing at a rapid rate. So miss this tournament at your peril.



Dhaka, Bangladesh
Distance: 3,362 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: 2 flights a day

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule (by venue)

The first match of the ICC World Cup 2011 (match 1) is between India and Bangladesh on February 19. The final (match 49) of the six-week long tournament will be held at the rebuilt Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 2.




ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Teams:


Group A Connect via Doha Group B Connect via Doha
Australia Melbourne, daily flights India Ahmedabad, daily flights
Pakistan Karachi, daily flights Bengaluru, daily flights
Sri Lanka Colombo, 3 flights a day Chennai, daily flights
Kenya Nairobi, 2 flights a day Mumbai, daily flights
New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Canada Delhi, 2 flights a day
    South Africa Cape Town, 4 flights a week
    Johannesburg, daily flights
    England

 
London, 5 flights a day
    Manchester, daily flights
    Bangladesh Dhaka, 11 flights a week
       
    West Indies, Netherlands, and Ireland


India

Ahmedabad

Sardar Patel Stadium

Bengaluru

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

Chennai

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

Kolkata

Eden Gardens
4. February 21 (14.00)
Australia vs Zimbabwe
11. February 27 (14.30)
India vs England
2. February 20 (09.30)
New Zealand vs Kenya
34. March 15 (14.30)
South Africa vs Ireland
18. March 4 (09.30)
New Zealand vs Zimbabwe
15. March 2 (14.30)
England vs Ireland
22. March 6 (09.30)
England vs South Africa
38. March 18 (09.30)
Ireland vs Netherlands
46. March 26 (14.30)
Fourth Quarterfinal
(Group A4 vs Group B1)
 21. March 6 (14.30)
India vs Ireland
36. March 17 (14.30)
England vs West Indies
41. March 20 (09:30)
Zimbabwe vs Kenya
  31. March 13 (14.30)
Australia vs Kenya
42. March 20 (14.30)
India vs West Indies
 
  35. March 16 (14.30)
Australia vs Canada
   



Mohali

Punjab Cricket
Association Stadium

Mumbai

Wankhede Stadium

Nagpur

Vidarbha Cricket
Association Stadium

Delhi

Feroz Shah Kotla
Cricket Stadium
16. March 3 (09.30)
South Africa vs Netherlands
30. March 13 (09.30)
New Zealand vs Canada
5. February 22 (14.30)
England vs Netherlands
7. February 24 (14.30)
South Africa vs West Indies
27. March 11 (09.30)
West Indies vs Ireland
37. March 18 (14.30)
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand
8. February 25 (14.30)
Australia vs New Zealand
12. February 28 (14.30)
West Indies vs Netherlands
48. March 30 (14.30)
Second Semifinal
(Winner of Match 44
vs Winner of Match 46)
49. April 2 (14.30)
Final
(Winner of Match 47
vs Winner of Match 48)
13. February 28 (09.30)
Zimbabwe vs Canada
23. March 7 (14.30)
Kenya vs Canada
    29. March 12 (14.30)
India vs South Africa
25. March 9 (14.30)
India vs Netherlands


Bangladesh

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

First named Mirpur Stadium, it was renamed after AK Fazlul Haque, one of the country's most renowned leaders and freedom fighters in the 1940s. Originally built for football and athletics, the government decided that the capital city needed a dedicated cricket ground. A metre of soil was excavated to remove all the red clay, with a maze of PVC piping installed. As such, Sher-e-Bangla is noted as having excellent drainage. It’s been further upgraded ahead of the ICC World Cup.


Dhaka

Sher-e-Bangla
Cricket Stadium

Chittagong

Chittagong Divisional Stadium
1. February 19 (14.00)
India vs Bangladesh
28. March 11 (14.30)
Bangladesh vs England
9. February 25 (09.30)
Bangladesh vs Ireland
33. March 14 (14.30)
Bangladesh vs Netherlands
19. March 4 (14.30)
Bangladesh vs West Indies
 
40. March 19 (09.30)
Bangladesh vs South Africa
 
43. March 23 (14.30)
First Quarterfinal
(Group A1 vs Group B4)
 
45. March 25 (14.30)
Third Quarterfinal
(Group A3 vs Group B2)
 



Sri Lanka

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Just 30 minutes from Kandy in Sri Lanka’s hill country, Pallekele’s new ground was renamed in July 2010 as the Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium to honour the legendary Sri Lankan spin bowler. Its design is based on SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa, and has a 35,000 capacity. Trivia: By dismissing Chris Gayle of the West Indies, Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal became the third bowler to take a wicket with the first ball bowled in a test match at a new venue.


Colombo

R. Premadasa Stadium

Hambantota

Hambantota International
Cricket Stadium

Kandy

Pallekele International
Cricket Stadium
10. February 26 (14.30)
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
3. February 20 (14.30)
Sri Lanka vs Canada
24. March 8 (14.30)
Pakistan vs New Zealand
14. March 1 (14.30)
Sri Lanka vs Kenya
6. February 23 (14.30)
Pakistan vs Kenya
26. March 10 (14.30)
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe
17. March 3 (14.30)
Pakistan vs Canada
  32. March 14 (14.30)
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe
20. March 5 (14.30)
Sri Lanka vs Australia
   
39. March 19 (14.30)
Australia vs Pakistan
   
44. March 24 (14.30)
Second Quarterfinal
(Group A2 vs Group B3)
   
47. March 29 (14.30)
First Semifinal
(Winner of Match 43
vs Winner of Match 45)
   
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