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Monday, January 31, 2011

Schedule of ICC World Cup Cricket 2011

Cricket crazy people are ready to welcome the biggest cricket event, ICC World Cup 2011. The tenth edition of the One Day International format World Cup tournament will be hosted by the three South Asian test playing countries: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It will start from 19 February 2011 with the opening match between Bangladesh and India at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. The tournament will continue till April 2 when two teams will fight against each other in the final round at the Wankhede stadium.

For the first time, the ICC World Cup is going to be co-hosted by Bangladesh. That is why, Bangladesh people are very much happy. Until now, Bangladesh hasn’t organized any big cricket tournament. So, it has become a big challenge for one of the co-host countries to organize it successfully. However, both India and Sri Lanka have the experience of hosting such big events. It is going to be the third times for India to host the World Cup. In the past, they hosted it two times. In 1987, India jointly hosted the World Cup tournament along with Pakistan and in 1996, the prestigious cricket tournament was co-hosted by three South Asian countries: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

ICC has taken away Pakistan’s hosting right:

International Cricket Council authorities at first chose India and Pakistan once again to host the World Cup 2011, but due to lack of security and terrorist attack over Sri Lanka on March 3, 2009, the ICC authorities left Pakistan’s name from its hosting list and it saw the inclusion of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to get the hosting right. Pakistan was supposed to hold 14 matches, including one semi-final. Now, these matches have been divided among three co-host countries. Out of Pakistan’s 14 matches, India will be given eight, Sri Lanka will get four and Bangladesh will get two matches.

Pakistan could earn good amount of money by hosting the ICC World Cup 2011. As their hosting right was taken away from ICC authorities, Pakistan has experienced the loss of $10.5 million. It is a big amount of money and it could keep important contribution in the development of their economy.

Format:

This time, fourteen national cricket teams will be seen competing in group stage. These 14 teams have been divided into two groups with 7 teams each. Round robin format will be used in the group stage. Every team will play against each other in this round. From each group, only top four will be able to compete for the quarter-final round. However, cricket fans can see some changes in the 10th edition of ICC World Cup. The quarter-final round will use the knock out format. Only four matches will be played in the quarter-final round and through these matches, only four teams will get the semi-final tickets. Out of four semi-finalist teams, two winners will fight for the trophy on April 2. The World Cup schedule ensures that each team can play minimum 6 matches in the group stage even if they are left our early of the tournament.

Fourteen teams will play divided into two groups. Two groups are given below:

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

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

Compare to Group A, Group B looks much stronger. One of the co-host countries, Bangladesh, has been placed in this group. Bangladesh cricket team is called giant killer. They have got more victory against many big teams including, India, South Africa, West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In the previous World Cup, Bangladesh cricket team bet India in the group stage and ensured their place in the second round. Millions of Bangladeshi fans expect that their team will repeat the history once again at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Venues:

International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the name of the venues on November 2, 2009 in Mumbai. Two new stadiums in Sri Lanka located in n Kandy and Hambantota are being constructed ahead of the World Cup Cricket 2011. However, Eden Gardens has lost its right to host the match between India and England as ICC authorities found it unfit. The match may be shifted to Bangalore.

Venues in India: Feroz Shah Kotla, Sardar Patel Stadium, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Wankhede Stadium, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Venues in Sri Lanka: R. Premadasa Stadium, Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium.

Venues in Bangladesh: Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Chittagong Divisional Stadium.

These 12 venues will conduct 49 matches.

Live TV channels:

The ICC World Cup 2011 is expected to be one of the most watched sporting events as almost 220 countries around the world would be able to watch it live on TV. ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket have got the broadcasting rights with US$ 2 Billion.

Prize Money:

The main attraction of this World Cup will be prize money rather than trophy. The winner of the ICC World Cup 2011 will get the prize money of US$ 3 million along with the replica of the trophy while the runners-up team will get US$ 1.5. As per the decision taken at the board meeting held in Dubai on 20 April 2010, ICC would double the total amount to US$ 10 million.

News:

The pathetic news for Kolkatan people are that their home ground, Eden Gardens stadium, has been left out as the host venue of the ICC World Cup 2011 as its construction work has not been completed yet. It is though that its construction work will not be completed before February 27. The historical Eden Gardens stadium was scheduled to host the India vs England match on 27th February 2011. This match will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Opening Ceremony:

The opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup 2011 is scheduled to be held in Bangladesh on 17 February 2011. It will take place two days before the start of the tournament. The opening ceremony will be organized at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Schedule:

Date

Teams

Time

Venue

19 February 2011

India vs Bangladesh- Group B

GMT 08:30

Local Time 14:30

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

20 February 2011

Kenya vs New Zealand- Group A

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

20 February 2011

Sri Lanka vs Canada- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

21 February 2011

Australia vs Zimbabwe- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

22 February 2011

England vs Netherlands- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

23 February 2011

Kenya vs Pakistan- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

24 February 2011

South Africa vs West Indies- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

25 February 2011

Australia vs New Zealand- Group A

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

25 February 2011

Bangladesh vs Ireland- Group B

GMT 08:30

Local Time 14:30

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

26 February 2011

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

27 February 2011

India vs England- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

28 February 2011

Canada vs Zimbabwe- Group A

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

28 February 2011

Netherlands vs West Indies- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

1 March 2011

Sri Lanka vs Kenya- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

2 March 2011

England vs Ireland- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

3 March 2011

Netherlands vs South Africa- Group B

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

3 March 2011

Canada vs Pakistan- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

4 March 2011

New Zealand vs Zimbabwe- Group A

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

4 March 2011

Bangladesh vs West Indies- Group B

GMT 08:30

Local Time 14:30

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

5 March 2011

Sri Lanka vs Australia- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

6 March 2011

England vs South Africa- Group B

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

6 March 2011

India vs Ireland- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

7 March 2011

Canada vs Kenya- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

8 March 2011

New Zealand vs Pakistan- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

9 March 2011

India vs Netherlands- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

10 March 2011

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

11 March 2011

Ireland vs West Indies- Group B

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

11 March 2011

Bangladesh vs England- Group B

GMT 08:30

Local Time 14:30

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

12 March 2011

India vs South Africa- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

13 March 2011

Canada vs New Zealand- Group A

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

13 March 2011

Australia vs Kenya- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

14 March 2011

Bangladesh vs Netherlands- Group B

GMT 03:30

Local Time 09:30

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

14 March 2011

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

15 March 2011

Ireland vs South Africa- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

16 March 2011

Australia vs Canada- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

17 March 2011

England vs West Indies- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

18 March 2011

Ireland vs Netherlands- Group B

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

18 March 2011

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

19 March 2011

Bangladesh vs South Africa- Group B

GMT 03:30

Local Time 09:30

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

19 March 2011

Australia vs Pakistan- Group A

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

20 March 2011

Kenya vs Zimbabwe- Group A

GMT 04:00

Local Time 09:30

BDT 10:00

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

20 March 2011

India vs West Indies- Group B

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

23 March 2011

TBC vs TBC (A1 vs B4)- Quarter Final

GMT 08:30

Local Time 14:30

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

24 March 2011

TBC vs TBC (A2 vs B3)- Quarter Final

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

25 March 2011

TBC vs TBC (A3 vs B2)- Quarter Final

GMT 08:30

Local Time 14:30

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

26 March 2011

TBC vs TBC (A4 vs B1)- Quarter Final

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

29 March 2011

TBC vs TBC- Semi Final

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

30 March 2011

TBC vs TBC- Semi Final

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

2 April 2011

TBC v TBC- Final

GMT 09:00

Local Time 14:30

BDT 15:00

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

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