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India gets eight of Pakistan's 14 World Cup matches

July 14, 2009 22:23 IST

The Central Organising Committee (COC) of the 2011 World Cup on Tuesday recommended India to host eight of the 14 matches that were earlier allotted to Pakistan.

The COC met in Mumbai to recommend the ICC Board as to where, within Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, the 14 matches originally allocated to Pakistan should be staged and where the tournament secretariat would be based.

Sri Lanka will host the remaining four matches and Bangladesh two. India will now host 29 matches, Sri Lanka 12 and Bangladesh eight.

The tournament secretariat, which was originally planned in Lahore, had also been shifted to Mumbai.

No representative of the Pakistan Cricket Board attended the meeting.

The COC also recommended that Bangladesh would stage two of the four quarter-finals, with India and Sri Lanka hosting one each. Under the previous arrangement, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were to have a quarterfinal each.

The two semi-finals will be staged in India and Sri Lanka, with the final in India.

Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) chief administrative officer Prof. Ratnakar Shetty was appointed the tournament director.

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