19 February 2011

Wankhede Stadium got the approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for staging World Cup ties, including the Cricket World Cup 2011 Final on April 2

"You will be pleased to know that the re-developed Wankhede Stadium has been approved for staging the ICC World Cupmatches," said MCA's joint secretaries Hemant Waingankar and Lalchand Rajput in a communication to the media.
The two officials also announced that media persons will be taken around the stadium on February 20.
"Sharad Pawar (MCA president) and the managing committee take pleasure in inviting you to have a look at the stadium on Sunday, 20th February 2011 at 5.00pm," they informed.
Wankhede Stadium, that went into the redevelopment mode soon after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League on June 1, 2008, is to stage two other World Cup ties, apart from the summit contest.
The matches will be held on March 13 (New Zealand v Canada - a day match) and March 18 (New Zealand v Sri Lanka - a day/night match).

Some Information about Wankhede Stadium:

Location Mumbai
Establishment 1974
Capacity 45000
Owner Mumbai Cricket Association
Architect Shashi Prabhu and Associates
Contractor B.E. Billimoria and Company
Operator Mumbai Cricket Association
Tenants Mumbai cricket team
Mumbai Indians
End names
Garware Pavilion End
Tata End1
First ODI: India v Sri Lanka, Jan 17 1987
Highest Total: India 299-4 v Sri Lanka, 1987

Desc: Built after a dispute between the Cricket Club of India and the Bombay Cricket Association, the Wankhede Stadium is located less than a mile from the Brabourne Stadium. Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in an over in a first-class game here in 1985. It will not stage a match until almost a month into the tournament, but has been awarded the honour of hosting the final.

Cricket World Cup and Wankhede Stadium

This stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches every time that India has hosted the Cricket World Cup:

1987 Cricket World Cup

17 October, 1987
136/2 (27.5 overs)
v  Zimbabwe
135 (44.2 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
Umpires: Mahboob Shah and David Shepherd[
Player of the match: Manoj Prabhakar
Dilip Vengsarkar 46*(37)
John Traicos 2/27 (8 overs)

Andrew Pycroft 61 (102)
Manoj Prabhakar 4/19 (8 overs)

5 November, 1987
219 (45.3 overs)
v  England
254/6 (50 overs)
England won by 35 runs
Umpires: Tony Crafter and Steve Woodward
Player of the match: Graham Gooch
Mohammad Azharuddin 64 (74)
Eddie Hemmings 4/52 (9.3 overs)

Graham Gooch 115 (136)
Maninder Singh 3/54 (10 overs)

1996 Cricket World Cup

27 February, 1996
258 (50 overs)
v  India
242 (48 overs)
Australia won by 16 runs
Umpires: Steve Dunne and David Shepherd
Player of the match: Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh 126 (135)
Venkatapathy Raju 2/48 (10 overs)

Sachin Tendulkar 90 (84)
Damien Fleming 5/36 (9 overs)

2011 Cricket World Cup

The Wankhede Stadium is scheduled to host 3 matches including the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The final will be a day/nighter.

Wankhede Stadium
Match Schedule
March 13: New Zealand v Canada, Group A
March 18: Sri Lanka v New Zealand, Group A
April 2: Final

Hope to see Team India in  Wankhede Stadium on April 2.... Amen!!! Do u  ????
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