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Mumbai to host 2011 cricket world cup final

The two semi-finals will be held at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 22:24 IST

Mumbai was on Monday selected as the venue to host the finals of 2011 cricket world cup to be jointly organised by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The two semi-finals of the mega event would be held at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, it was announced in New Delhi after a meeting of the representatives of the joint hosts of the tournament.

The meeting, held at the residence of the Indian Cricket Board President Sharad Pawar, also decided that the inaugural function of the tournament will be hosted by Bangladesh which would also conduct the opening tie at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

The meeting was convened to sort out issues related to the staging of the cricketing extravaganza.

Apart from Pawar, others who attended the meeting were Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket Duleep Mendis, CEO of Bangladesh Cricket Board Mehboob Rehman, former BCCI president Inderjit Singh Bindra, secretary Niranjan Shah, joint secretary MP Pandove and Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty.

The meeting had been called at the behest of Pawar after Pakistan was said to be unhappy with an earlier agreement according to which India were to host the final.

Pakistan, apparently, was keen to host either the final or get more matches of the tournament.

After a preliminary meeting of the four countries earlier this year, it had been decided that India would host the final and Pakistan and Sri Lanka the semi-finals.

First Published: Dec 11, 2006 22:24 IST