Cricket World Cup: Venues
A look at the venues hosting the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka:
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
Location: Mirpur, Bangladesh
Previously known as Mirpur Stadium. Later renamed after A.K. Fazlul Haque, popularly known as Sher-e-Bangla or The Lion of Bengal and a scholar and politician during British colonial regime. Located 10 kilometres outside of downtown Dhaka. Boasts excellent infrastructure and facilities.
|February 25||Bangladesh vs. Ireland|
|March 4||Bangladesh vs. West Indies|
|March 19||Bangladesh vs. South Africa|
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
Location: Chittagong, Bangladesh
Formerly known as Chittagong Divisional Stadium and Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium. Situated outside Bangladesh's second-largest city. One of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. Granted full international status in January 2006.
|March 11||Bangladesh vs. England|
|March 14||Bangladesh vs. Netherlands|
Location: Mumbai, India
Considered the main cricket venue since being preferred to Brabourne Stadium as the home to India's cricket nursery in the 1970s. Located in the country's commercial and entertainment capital near the coastline. A sea breeze aids swing bowling. There was concern over construction work, but the ICC gave it a provisional go-ahead to host matches in January.
|March 13||CANADA vs. New Zealand|
|March 18||New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka|
|April 2||Championship final|
Location: New Delhi, India
Nestled beside a 650-year-old fort in a central part of the Indian capital. Originally known for its placid pitches, its relaid surface was so bouncy that a one-day international between India and Sri Lanka was called off in December 2009. Banned for one year until the ICC declared it fit to host matches.
|February 24||South Africa vs. West Indies|
|February 28||Netherlands vs. West Indies|
|March 7||CANADA vs. Kenya|
|March 9||India vs. Netherlands|
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
Location: Mohali, India
Considered one of the best venues in India. Located just outside the northern Indian city of Chandigarh near the foothills of the Shivalik ranges. Hosted the 1996 World Cup semifinal between Australia and West Indies. Had a lively pitch early on, but the pace has slowed significantly over the years.
|March 3||Netherlands vs. South Africa|
|March 11||Ireland vs. West Indies|
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium
Location: Chennai, India
Also known as the Chepauk Stadium. A regular international venue since 1934. The sultry conditions can be sapping, but it is known to have a sporting crowd that appreciates good performances from any team.
|February 20||Kenya vs. New Zealand|
|March 6||England vs. South Africa|
|March 17||England vs. West Indies|
|March 20||India vs. West Indies|
Location: Calcutta, India
Venue of the 1987 World Cup final, it also hosted a World Cup semifinal in 1996, which was awarded to Sri Lanka after a rowdy crowd disrupted the match by starting a fire and throwing bottles onto the ground when rival India slipped into a losing position. Delayed renovation forced the ICC to relocate an India-England group match to Bangalore. Renovations have reduced capacity from 90,000 to 67,000.
|March 15||Ireland vs. South Africa|
|March 18||Ireland vs. Netherlands|
|March 20||Kenya vs. Zimbabwe|
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
Location: Nagpur, India
A new facility on the fringes of the western Indian city in Jamtha. Replaced the older VCA Stadium in the heart of the city. Boasts superb facilities and a lush green outfield, but new location more difficult for fans to reach.
|February 22||England vs. Netherlands|
|February 25||Australia vs. New Zealand|
|February 28||CANADA vs. Zimbabwe|
|March 12||India vs. South Africa|
Sardar Patel Stadium
Location: Ahmedabad, India
Also known as the Motera Stadium. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati river on the outskirts of the western Indian city. Renovated for the 2006 Champions Trophy, when it hosted five of the 15 matches. A regular test and one-day venue.
|February 21||Australia vs. Zimbabwe|
|March 4||New Zealand vs. Zimbabwe|
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Location: Bangalore, India
Situated near the beautiful Cubbon Park in the heart of the tech city. Renovated for the 1996 World Cup, when it hosted the quarter-final between India and Pakistan. Houses the National Cricket Academy, established in 2000.
|February 27||England vs. India|
|March 2||England vs. Ireland|
|March 6||India vs. Ireland|
|March 13||Australia vs. Kenya|
|March 16||Australia vs. CANADA|
Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Previously known as Khettarama Stadium. Renamed in 1994 in honour of the late Sri Lankan president, who pioneered the project. Located on a marshland in the capital and one of the earliest flood-lit grounds in Asia. Undergone a complete upgrade for the 2011 World Cup with improved spectator and corporate facilities. ICC approved the venue, despite concerns over delayed construction work.
|February 26||Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka|
|March 1||Kenya vs. Sri Lanka|
|March 3||CANADA vs. Pakistan|
|March 5||Australia vs. Sri Lanka|
|March 19||Australia vs. Pakistan|
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Location: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Planned as an alternative to the picturesque Asgiriya Stadium, formerly the centre of cricket in Sri Lanka's central hills of Kandy. (Asgiriya is owned by an Anglican mission school and a need for an alternative venue arose with problems in scheduling international fixtures at a school ground). After a slow start to construction, Pallekele Stadium was eventually certified to host three matches. Muttiah Muralitharan played a key role in the realization of the new venue, prompting proposals to name the ground after the legendary spin bowler.
|March 8||New Zealand vs. Pakistan|
|March 10||Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe|
|March 14||Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe|
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium
Location: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Constructed for World Cup and named after Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Situated in the town of Sooriyawewa in the southern Hambantota district. Has yet to host a full international match because of construction delays and bad weather.
|February 20||CANADA vs. Sri Lanka|
|February 23||Kenya vs. Pakistan|