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World Cup venues reallocated

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Sharad Powar & Ratnakar Shetty

2011 World Cup tournament director Ratnakar Shetty, right, is confident that preparations will begin in earnest in August

The 14 matches at the 2011 World Cup that were originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan have been redistributed, with eight going to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh.

The International Cricket Council board agreed in April the matches could not take place in Pakistan because of the uncertainty surrounding the security situation within the country in the wake of the terror attacks on the Sri Lanka team during their tour in March.

The World Cup’s Central Organising Committee (COC) met in Mumbai today to provide the ICC board with a recommendation as to where - within Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka - the remaining matches should be allocated.

Professor Ratnakar Shetty, the tournament director, said: “We had a good, productive meeting.

“There was a recognition that there is much hard work to be done but we are confident we are now well on the way, with operational plans in place to become effective from the start of August.

“Moving forward, the COC will meet on a regular basis with everyone committed to a successful event - something we are confident we can achieve.”

The meeting, under the chairmanship of ICC vice-president Sharad Pawar, was attended by ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat and representatives of the three countries set to stage the event. No Pakistan Cricket Board representative attended.

The PCB are currently engaged in a legal battle with the ICC over the decision to strip them of their World Cup matches.

Following today’s recommendations, 29 of the tournament’s 49 matches will be played in India, 12 in Sri Lanka and eight in Bangladesh.

A total of 13 venues will be used for the competition, with eight of those in India, three in Sri Lanka and two in Bangladesh. The previous set-up with four hosts including Pakistan had 15 venues proposed with eight in India, four in Pakistan, two in Sri Lanka and one in Bangladesh.

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