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India to host 2011 final

THE International Cricket Council has moved its 2011 World Cup headquarters to Mumbai and increased India's allocation of matches after stripping Pakistan of co-hosting rights following an attack on the visiting Sri Lanka team.

India will host 29 of the 49 matches, including the final and a semifinal. Bangladesh will host the tournament opener and two quarterfinals among its eight matches and Sri Lanka will host 12 matches, including a semifinal.

The 10th edition of the World Cup was initially scheduled to be co-hosted by the four South Asian countries, with Pakistan slated to stage a semifinal among its allocation of 14 matches.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat met with officials from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh yesterday before announcing changes in tournament structure. Among the structural changes, the tournament base was moved from Lahore to Mumbai, India's financial capital.

"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," Lorgat said.

"Some fundamental decisions have been taken which have cleared the way for us to move forward and deliver the tournament successfully."


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