THE carve-up of the 2011 ICC World Cup in Pakistan's absence has benefited Bangladesh. They will host an extra two matches, and their eight games will include two quarter-finals, India's share rising to 29 matches and Sri Lanka's to 12.
The Central Organising Committee met in Bombay on Tuesday under the chairmanship of ICC vice-president Sharad Pawar to discuss preparations for the 49-match tournament. A total of 14 matches were originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan.
It was the first meeting of the committee since the ICC board resolved earlier this month that, given the current security uncertainty, Pakistan should not host any matches at all. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: "It was a very constructive meeting and decisions taken have created a platform for us to move forward in preparing for the tournament"
A total of 13 venues will be used for the tournament, with eight of those in India, three in Sri Lanka and two in Bangladesh, who were originally awarded very little to fill their Mirpur stadium in Dhaka. The previous set-up with four hosts including Pakistan had 15 venues. The two semi-finals will be held in India and Sri Lanka, with the final in India. Scheduling for the quarter and semi-finals will attempt to ensure that the host country will play at home should they qualify
The event tournament director was confirmed as Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, and the tournament secretariat will be based in Bombay. Inderjit Singh Bindra, the ICC principal advisor, will work closely with the organisers, adding his vast experience to the administration of the tournament. Bindra was a key figure in the successful staging of the two previous world cups to be held on the subcontinent, in 1987 and 1996.
A security directorate will be formed under the chairmanship of Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar. This will include representatives of all three host countries and the ICC in a pro-active attempt to manage the issue both before and during the tournament. A venue inspection sub-committee was formed under the leadership of N Srinivasan.
Commenting on the gathering, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: "It was a very constructive and decisive meeting with various working groups now charged with the responsibility to deliver on operational requirements.
"With less than two years to go before we are due to stage cricket’s biggest showpiece the clock is ticking, but everyone can be encouraged by the progress made in Mumbai today.
"Some fundamental decisions have been taken which have cleared the way for us to move forward and deliver the tournament successfully.
"We now need to continue with this level of progress in the weeks and months ahead to ensure a safe, secure and successful event."
Those attending the Central Organising Committee meeting in Bombay
From the ICC:
Sharad Pawar, World Cup chairman
Haroon Lorgat – ICC chief executive
Inderjit Singh Bindra – ICC principal advisor
From the Board of Control for Cricket in India:
Prof Ratnakar Shetty
From the Bangladesh Cricket Board:
Lt Gen. Sina Ibn Jamali
From Sri Lanka Cricket:
DS De Silva