ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be the tenth Cricket World Cup and will be hosted by three South Asian Test cricket playing countries: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It will be Bangladesh’s first time co-hosting a Cricket World Cup. ICC Cricket World Cup is being held in the sub-continent, the nerve-centre and financial powerhouse of cricket, for the third time after India and Pakistan in 1987. Then Sri Lanka joined in 1996.
Pakistan was also co-host of up-coming ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, but were stripped of its rights due to security concerns in the aftermath of the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. The headquarters of the organizing committee were originally situated in Lahore, but have now been shifted to Mumbai. Pakistan was supposed to hold 14 matches, including one semi-final. Eight of Pakistan’s matches have been awarded to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh India has selected eight Test venues for 29 matches, but troubles have been already echoing on the basis of problems which dogged the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the site of the April 2, 2011 final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, has been reconstructed.
But refurbishment work on the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata was so far behind schedule that the venue’s first game of four – the February 27 clash between India and England – has had to be moved to another ground. Sri Lanka’s 12 matches will be held at three venues, including two brand new stadium in Pallekele accommodating 25000, near the hill resort of Kandy and Hambantota in the deep south. The eight games allotted to Bangladesh will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on the outskirts of Dhaka and the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
All the Indian stadiums for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 had been finalized earlier, and the venues of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were finalized in late October 2009. All the venues of the 2011 Cricket World Cup were announced on November 2, 2009 in Mumbai by the International Cricket Council. Two new stadiums in Sri Lanka have been constructed exclusively for the World Cup. They are located in Kandy and Hambantota.
The World Cup contenders are set for a financial bonanza with a record prize purse of eight million dollars on offer, a rise of three million from the previous edition. The winners receive $3.25 million – Australia took home $2.2 million in 2007 – while the losing finalists get $1.5 million. With an additional $30,000 kept aside for the winners of each first round match, the champions stand to gain another $180,000 if they win all their six preliminary games. The two losing semi-finalists take home $500,000 each, while teams that are knocked out in the quarter-final stage will get $250,000 each. The prize money does not include the share of the profits the International Cricket Council dishes out to all the 14 participating teams from its joint revenue pool.
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