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Nations compete for 10th Cricket World Cup

April 19, 2011 - BANGLADESH

India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan -- four of many countries where the sport is like a religion -- were set to share hosting of the Cricket World Cup in 2011. The International Cricket Council, the sport's governing body, stripped Pakistan of hosting rights after a terror attack on visiting players on 3 Mar 2009. The decision upset Pakistan, which is considering a boycott. Recent attacks in India suggest it could be at least as vulnerable as Pakistan, and fear could thin stadium numbers and revenue.The competition is held every four years. The ICC says it as the top trophy for a sport it describes as second in popularity only to football (soccer). The competition will use cricket's One Day International (ODI) format, with 14 national cricket teams competing. According to the ICC, Australia has been the most successful of the five teams to have won the tournament, taking three titles. The West Indies have won twice, while India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have each won once.

India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan -- four of many countries where the sport is like a religion -- were set to share hosting of the Cricket World Cup in 2011. The International Cricket Council, the sport's governing body, stripped Pakistan of hosting rights after a terror attack on visiting players on 3 Mar 2009. The decision upset Pakistan, which is considering a boycott. Recent attacks in India suggest it could be at least as vulnerable as Pakistan, and fear could thin stadium numbers and revenue. The competition is held every four years. The ICC says it as the top trophy for a sport it describes as second in popularity only to football (soccer). The competition will use cricket's One Day International (ODI) format, with 14 national cricket teams competing. According to the ICC, Australia has been the most successful of the five teams to have won the tournament, taking three titles. The West Indies have won twice, while India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have each won once. Pakistan blames India for influencing the ICC decision. Eight of Pakistan's matches have been awarded to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh. Twelve gunmen ambushed the Sri Lankan team convoy en route to a test match at Lahore, Pakistan. The attack injured seven players and a coach, and six police officers and a driver were killed. The attacks in India suggest it is also in terrorist cross hairs. Indian police and experts say hitting high-profile events generates publicity for militants; that they make attractive soft targets because of the large crowds, participation of foreign sports personalities and foreign media coverage of the events. The competition will be spread over eight Indian cities, posing a particular challenge in smaller cities with less trained police forces. Attackers rampaged through Mumbai for some 60 hours in Nov 2008, killing 166 people and injuring 288. In Delhi, a series of bomb blasts in busy, upmarket shopping areas in Sep 2008 killed 22 people and injured 100. In February a bomb ripped through a crowded restaurant in the western city of Pune, killing 16 people, including five foreigners. On Apr 17, two crude bombs exploded in quick succession outside the cricket stadium in Bangalore minutes before a Premier League match, injuring 15 people and creating panic in the packed venue. A third crude bomb was found near Gate number 8 of the stadium. It was defused. According to Reuters in April, India has sought to reassure foreign participants that it will provide foolproof security for sporting events. The Commonwealth Games in 2010, which are expected to draw 8,000 foreign athletes and officials and 100,000 spectators, precedes the cricket competition by five months. Twenty-nine matches out of 49 -- including one quarterfinal, a semi-final and the final -- will be played in India. Twelve matches -- including one quarterfinal and one semifinal -- will be played in Sri Lanka. Eight matches -- including two quarterfinals, will be played in Bangladesh. The opening match, Bangladesh vs. India, takes place in Dhaka. The final takes place in Mumbai. (Written Apr 2010)

International Cricket Council

Pakistan fury after ICC switch 2011 World Cup (Daily Mail 20 Apr 2009)

Twin Blasts Before IPL Match in Bangalore; Third Bomb Defused (India Journal 22 Apr 2010)

Pak govt may ask PCB to boycott 2011 World Cup (Indian Express 16 Jul 2009)

Bomb-hit India fights to secure major sports events (Reuters/Global Post 21 Apr 2010)

ICC pledges support for Pakistan (AFP 14 Apr 2010)

India sits up to specific US terror warning (Times of India 22 Apr 2010)

Security fears over cricket's World Cup after India bomb blast (Guardian 19 Apr 2010)

Date written/update: 2011-04-19