World Cup Cricket Schedule ReleasedIndia will open their 2011 cricket World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19 and the country will host its first match of the mega-event the next day in Chennai, the ICC announced
India will open their 2011 cricket World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19 and the country will host its first match of the mega-event the next day in Chennai, the ICC announced on Monday.
Placed in Group B, alongside South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands, India will host 29 matches of the quadrennial tournament, including the final and a semifinal.
The first match on Indian soil will have New Zealand and Kenya locking horns in Chennai on February 20.
Denied hosting rights owing to security concerns, Pakistan will play all their group A matches in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, set to host the second biggest chunk of 12 matches in the event, will have their first game on February 20 with the hosts taking on Canada.
The Lankans are in group A, which also has defending champions Australia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Bangladesh, which will host two quarterfinals, will have just eight matches in all to organise.
India's commercial capital Mumbai will host the final of the February-March event.
Mohali will host one of the semi-finals along with two other matches, while Ahmedabad will host a quarter-final and two other games.
Kolkata and Delhi will host one India and three other matches each. Jaipur has been left out of the list of venues with Nagpur, Chennai and Bangalore getting one India game each.
Following is the 2011 World Cup schedule:
February 19 - Bangladesh v India at Dhaka
Feb 20 - New Zealand v Kenya at Chennai
Feb 20 - Sri Lanka v Canada at Hambantoto
Feb 21 - Australia v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad
Feb 22 - England v Netherlands at Nagpur
Feb 23 - Pakistan v Kenya at Hambantota
Feb 24 - South Africa v West Indies at Delhi
Feb 25 - Australia v New Zealand at Nagpur
Feb 25 - Bangladesh v Ireland at Dhaka
Feb 26 - Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo
Feb 27 - India v England at Kolkata
Feb 28 - West Indies v Netherland at Delhi
Feb 28 - Zimbabwe v Canada at Nagpur
March 1 - Sri Lanka v Kenya at Colombo
March 2 - England v Ireland at Bangalore
March 3 - South Africa v Netherlands at Mohali
March 3 - Pakistan v Canada at Colombo
March 4 - New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad
March 4 - Bangladesh v West Indies at Dhaka
March 5 - Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo
March 6 - England v South Africa at Chennai
March 6 - India v Ireland at Bangalore
March 7 - Kenya v Canada at Delhi
March 8 - Pakistan v New Zealand at Pallekele
March 9 - India v Netherland at Delhi
March 10 - Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Pallekele
March 11 - Bangladesh v England at Chittagong
March 11 - West Indies v Ireland at Mohali
March 12 - India v South Africa at Nagpur
26 World Cup matches will be played in India. Final will be played in Mumbai. Pakistan will play all its group matches in Sri Lanka. If enters the semi-final, Pakistan can play in India, Sharad Pawar said.
Group A - Australia , Pakistan , New Zealand . Srilanka . Zimbabwe . Canada and Kenya
Group B - India , South Africa , England , West Indies , Bangaladesh , Ireland and Netherlands