Mumbai to host 2011 World Cup final
The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been announced as the venue for the 2011 ICC World Cup final, which is due to be co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
With a new revised format for the competition due to take place at the 2011 edition due to criticism of the last instalment in West Indies in 2007, the Indian board has announced a total of eight venues for the 29 games is it staging.
Mohali will host one of the semi-finals while Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Nagpur will also provides venues for the competitions.
Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, which has not hosted an ODI for the past three years, will also be a venue for four of the games.
Co-hosts Sri Lanka are due to stage 12 games while Bangladesh will be the venue for eight matches as well as the opening ceremony in Dhaka on February 18, 2011.
The revised format sees two groups of seven teams compete to go forward to a quarter-final knock out stage. Each group will both see 21 matches, and the top four teams in each group will progress to the quarter-finals.
The overall structure for the tournament will see the number of games reduced from 51 to 49, with the full itinerary due to be announced in Mumbai on November 9.