25 April 201022:32

300 days to go for cricket's flagship event

Thirteen venues have been finalized and the final will be played in Mumbai

300 days to go for cricket's flagship event - Cricket News

Fans celebrate and cheer.

With less than 300 days to go for the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, fans around the world are gearing up for the start of international cricket's showcase event.

The tournament will take place at 13 venues in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka and will open in Dhaka on 19 February 2011 with the final in Mumbai on 2 April.

It will be contested by twelve teams placed in two groups - Group A (Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya) and Group B (India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and the Netherlands).

The prize money for the prestigious event was set by the ICC Board last week at a record US$10m in order to reflect the importance of the competition.

Cricket lovers around the world are set to play a significant role in the success of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 - the Cup that Counts. Followers of the game based in the host nations will be able to participate in a unique contest to name the official tournament mascot.

Tickets for the premium event will go on sale online from 1 June 2010 at www.iccevents.yahoo.com

To view the ICC CWC 2011 mascot animation, click here.

For more information on the event, click here.