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* ICC praises Sri Lanka's preparations for Cricket World Cup 2011, mascot revealed
Sat, Apr 3, 2010, 12:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 02, Colombo: International Cricket Council (ICC) Central Organising Committee (COC) for Cricket World Cup 2011 today praised the progress of Sri Lanka's preparations to host the international event next year.

The Central Organising Committee chaired by ICC Vice-President Sharad Pawar met in Colombo today and commended the progress of ongoing work being carried out on the hosting venues at Colombo, Pallekelle and Hambantota.

Sri Lanka is to co-host the CWC with India and Bangladesh.

With exactly one year to go until the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the Committee tonight in Colombo revealed the details of the official mascot, an elephant, and how fans can purchase tickets for the event.

At the occasion Mr. Pawar said Sri Lanka, like India and Bangladesh, is known for the warmth and hospitality shown to visitors from around the world and he is sure that welcome will make the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 an event to remember. "I would like to thank personally Sri Lanka Cricket for the hospitality they have shown the COC at this meeting and the arrangements they have put in place," he noted.

Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket Nishantha Ranatunga said it was a great honour for the ticket announcement and mascot launch to be held in Colombo.

"The excitement in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is already starting to build and I am sure that all Sri Lankans will see this as a great opportunity to showcase their country and demonstrate their love of cricket," Ranatunga said.

Sri Lanka will host 12 matches at three venues in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 which opens in Dhaka on February 19, 2011 and climaxes in the final in Mumbai on April 2.

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