Mumbai: The 2011 Cricket World, to be hosted in the Asian sub-continent was launched at Mumbai with a member each from most of the previous winners present along with ICC vice-president Sharad Pawar and Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.
Clive Lloyd, the captain of Windies team that won the first two editions of world cup, , India's 1983 winning-team members Balwinder Sandhu and Dilip Vengsarkar, Sri Lanka's Aravinda D'Silva who played a major role in the 1996 Cup winning squad and Michael Bevan of Australia who was part of the team that won the crown in 1999 and 2003 were those present.
The sound and laser show that reproduced the key moments of all the previous World Cups was a breathtaking affair.
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Lorgat sought to dispel fears of One-day format being overtaken by the huge popularity of the Twenty20 version saying that the limited overs World Cup continued to be ICC's showpiece event.
"The (50-over) World Cup is the flagship event of the ICC. What we have will hold up in the future," he announced to the audience which had several former Mumbai-based Test cricketers including Ajit Wadekar, Bapu Nadkarni and Umesh Kulkarni.
Lorgat also added that the 2011 World Cup would be over in 40-plus dates and would involve 14 teams.
Pawar, the chairman of the 2011 World Cup Organising Committee, announced that the Indian board has decided to keep the ticket prices at affordable rates to encourage the student community to witness the matches and reiterated that Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium would host the final.