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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2006, 07:42 GMT 08:42 UK
India lands 2011 World Cup final
Kapil Dev
Indian fans will hope to see a repeat of their team's 1983 win
India will stage the Cricket World Cup final for the second time in 2011.

They were confirmed as co-hosts of the event with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at this week's International Cricket Council conference in London.

India previously hosted the final in 1987, while Pakistan had the honour the last time the World Cup was played in Asia 10 years ago.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will stage semi-finals in 2011, with the opening ceremony taking place in Bangladesh.

"It has been decided that all four should evenly play a part in hosting the major events of the tournament," said Pakistan Cricket Board director Abbas Zaidi.

The Asian bid was preferred to a joint application from Australia and New Zealand for the 2011 showpiece.

And officials have already expressed their determination to make it the best World Cup in the tournament's history.

"Traffic will come to a stop in the four countries in 2011. There will be more than a billion (TV) viewers in the sub-continent, and another billion in the rest of the world," India's Inderjit Singh Bindra has said.

India will stage 22 matches, Pakistan 16, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six.

Among the potential venues for the final would be Eden Gardens in Calcutta, which has a capacity of 90,000, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai (Bombay), the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, or the Feroz Shaha Kotla in Delhi.

HOSTS FOR FORTHCOMING ICC TOURNAMENTS

  • 2007 Twenty20 Championship, South Africa

  • 2008 Champions Trophy, Pakistan

  • 2009 Twenty20 Championship, England

  • 2009 Women's World Cup, Australia

  • 2009 ICC Trophy, UAE

  • 2010 Champions Trophy, West Indies

  • 2011 World Cup, Asia

  • 2012 Champions Trophy or Twenty20, Sri Lanka

  • 2013 Champions Trophy or Twenty20, tbc

  • 2013 Women's World Cup, India

  • 2013 ICC Trophy, Scotland

  • 2014 Champions Trophy or Twenty20, Bangladesh

  • 2015 World Cup, Australia & New Zealand

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