Eden Gardens to host four World Cup Matches

Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 15:52 [IST]
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Mumbai: Kolkata's Eden Gardens has been awarded four World Cup 2011 matches, including one involving India, though it has not hosted an ODI since 2007.

The decision in this regard was taken by the organising committee of the World Cup, which also allotted Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Nagpur four games each - with one India game for each of the four venues.

Eden Gardens, which can now accommodate 90,000 fans and hosted the final of the 1987 World Cup between England and eventual winners Australia, has not hosted a international match since 2007.

The last ODI played in front of the cricket-crazy Kolkata fans was held on February 8, 2007, between India and Sri Lanka

Kolkata will begin its preparations for the World Cup with a one-dayer between India and Sri Lanka in December.

Mohali, which will host a semi-final, Ahmedabad, the venue for a quarter-final, and Mumbai, where the final will be played, will also get two other games each.

The remaining matches will be divided between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


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