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India, Pakistan And Bangladesh To Host 2010 ICC Cricket World Cup

The Barmy Army will only just have walked through their front doors, and couch potatoes will have just enough time to dust the chips and bottle caps off the couch from the Ashes tour, before there is yet another cricket bonanza.

The 10th annual ICC Cricket World Cup kicks off in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 17 February, much to the delight of its absolutely massive fan base. Viewers can expect a spectacular show during the official opening ceremony, set to take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, in Mirpur, Dhaka.

The event is co hosted by three of the most prominent South Asian cricketing nations: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. While Bangladesh are co-hosting the tournament for the first time, India will be looking to show the world why they are hosting the World Cup for a third time. Last year India received some rough press after the Commonwealth Games got off to a shaky start. In the end, the games came together nicely, but not without a fair share of criticism being dished out about India's capabilities.

England take to the field for the first time on the 22 February against the Netherlands, at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur, India. Four teams from each group will advance to the quarter finals, set to take place in late March.

The team groups are as follows:

Group A : Australia,Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya.

Group B : India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands.

For up to date coverage and news, check out the official site of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.