The ICC World Cup – 2011 is the 10th world cup and India is hosting world cup for the third time. It is co-hosted by Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Fourteen national teams will be participating in the series. The first match will be at Mirpur, Bangladesh and final will be at Mumbai, India.
Pakistan was also included as a host but following the attack on Sri Lankan national team at Lahore in 2009, the ICC disqualified Pakistan to host the match. Out of the 14 matches that were to be hosted by Pakistan, India was awarded with 8, Sri Lanka 4 and Bangladesh 2.
The Pakistan Cricket Board warned that they will quit the World Cup if they are asked to play in India. The estimated loss for the board by way of match fees will be $10.5 millions. The overall loss will be much more. The Pakistani proposal that Australia/New Zealand will co-host this series and South Asia will host the World Cup 2015 was also turned down.
According to PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, a legal notice has been served against the ICC decision. The monetary loss to PCB and Pakistan Government is really huge.
Including one semi-final and final, India will be hosting 29 matches in eight venues.
Pakistan attempted to shift the venues to the cities of UAE. But, that also was not acceptable to ICC.
The prize money for the winning team and runner up will be $ 3 million and $ i.5 million respectively. The total prize money for the teams in the 1st to 8th position is US$ 7.8 million.