Mumbai:The Central Organising Committee (COC) of the 2011 World Cup on Tuesday recommended India to host eight of the 14 matches that were earlier allotted to Pakistan.
The COC met here to recommend the ICC Board as to where, within Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, the 14 matches originally allocated to Pakistan should be staged and where the tournament secretariat would be based.
Sri Lanka will host the remaining four matches and Bangladesh two. India will now host 29 matches, Sri Lanka 12 and Bangladesh eight.
The tournament secretariat, which was originally planned in Lahore, had also been shifted to here. No representative of the Pakistan Cricket Board attended the meeting.
The COC also recommended that Bangladesh would stage two of the four quarter-finals, with India and Sri Lanka hosting one each. Under the previous arrangement, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were to have a quarterfinal each.
The two semi-finals will be staged in India and Sri Lanka, with the final in India Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) chief administrative officer Prof. Ratnakar Shetty was appointed the tournament director.
The meeting, under the chairmanship of ICC Vice-President Sharad Pawar, was attended by ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and representatives of the three countries set to stage the event - Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
The COC recommendations will now be forwarded to the ICC Board for final approval.
Pakistan was in April stripped off the hosting rights of the 2011 World Cup matches because of the uncertainty surrounding the security situation in the country.
"We had a good, productive meeting. There is much hard work to be done but we are confident we are now well on the way, with operational plans in place to become effective from the start of August," Shetty said in a statement.
"Moving forward, the COC will meet on a regular basis with everyone committed to a successful event, something we are confident we can achieve," Shetty said.
A total of 13 venues will be used for the tournament with eight of those in India, three in Sri Lanka and two in Bangladesh. The previous set-up with four hosts including Pakistan had 15 venues proposed with eight in India, four in Pakistan, two in Sri Lanka and one in Bangladesh.
Scheduling for the quarter and semi-finals will attempt to ensure that the host country will play at home should it qualify.
A security directorate will be formed under the chairmanship of BCCI President Shashank Manohar. It will include representatives of all hosts and the ICC in a pro-active attempt to manage the issue both before and during the tournament. It will meet regularly and put together a security plan for consideration by the ICC Board by the end of September.
A committee under the chairmanship of BCCI secretary N Srinivasan will take charge of the issues of inspecting venues and pitches.
It was agreed that all three host countries should constitute Local Organising Committees and the members of these committees should be decided upon by the relevant countries by the end of this month.
The PCB will be asked to confirm three representatives to sit on the COC. The COC will be chaired by Sharad Pawar with Mahbubul Anam of Bangladesh as its convenor and Sujeewa Rajapakse as its treasurer.
The PCB would also be asked to nominate a member to sit on the committee in charge of operational planning. The other members of that committee will be Mahbubul Anam (convenor, Bangladesh Cricket Board), N Srinivasan (BCCI), Nishanta Ranatunga (Sri Lanka Cricket), Prof. Shetty (Tournament Director), Sujeewa Rajapakse (Treasurer, ICC CWC 2011 COC) and MP Pandove (Honorary Secretary, BCCI). Inderjit Singh Bindra, the ICC Principal Advisor, will work closely with the COC.