Having announced the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup latest updates and schedule, people are now aware that the initial match would happen on February 19, 2011, pitting India against Bangladesh. Many experts believe that India benefits the most from the staging of this yearâ€™s world cup because it will be its tenth overall. The sport is likewise very popular and considered as almost sacred by many people there.
This yearâ€™s event will be co-hosted by both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Checking the roster, there are fourteen national teams that will square off for this world cup which is scheduled to end sometime in April of 2011. The Sher-e-Bangla will be the site for the first match between this yearâ€™s co-hosts. Earlier reports considered Pakistan as another co-host nation. Unfortunately some events in the past forced the hand of the world cup governing body to disqualify Pakistan from its co-hosting rights for this event. As a result, India now becomes the host of the 29 matches out of the total 49 which are planned for this yearâ€™s world cup. These matches also include the all important grand final game to be held at Mumbaiâ€™s Wankhede Stadium.
As if it were not enough, India is likewise lucky to host one of the semi final games for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup as revealed in the latest updates. Sri Lanka on the other hand will get to host only 12 games while the other co-host nation Bangladesh will take care of the tournament opener plus eight other matches in the tournament schedule.
Due to the fact that India will be the site of the most number of matches for this year, the ICC decided to move its headquarters to Mumbai where most of the action will take place. This is to ensure that smooth and timely event preparations and schedules are handled adequately. Both the eventâ€™s managing director and security director have also been appointed to make sure that no untoward incidents will happen during the course of the tournament.
In general, allocation of venues for the world cup is always sought after by participating nations due to the distinct advantages that it poses. In order to make sure that there is no favoritism in picking the venues, the ICC body rotates the venues among major cricket playing nations. The world cup for cricket is organized every four years and is considered by far as the fourth largest sport in the world. According to sports aficionados, it likewise remains as one of the most eagerly anticipated and viewed events in the world of cricket.