Apr 28, 2009 at 03:47pm IST

India to host 2011 Cricket World Cup final

Mumbai: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat announced in Mumbai on Tuesday that India will now host 29 matches in the 2011 World Cup including the final of the tournament.

Sri Lanka will host 12 matches while another co-host Bangladesh will get eight after Pakistan's expulsion.

The event will be inaugurated on February 18, 2011, followed by the opening match on February 19.

GOT IT: India will host 29 matches including the final of the tournament.

While two quarter-finals will be played in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka will host one each. India and Sri Lanka will host one semi-final each.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief Administrative Officer Professor Ratnakar Shetty has been appointed the tournaments' Managing Director

The tournament secretariat which was in Lahore has been now shifted to Mumbai.

The tournament was to be co-hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but the ICC stripped Pakistan of its co-host status earlier this month.

The ICC Executive Board on April 17 had resolved not to hold any 2011 World Cup matches in Pakistan stating the uncertain political situation in the country had made it difficult to deliver a safe, secure and successful event.

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