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World Cup Hosts to Play Knockout Games on Their Own Soil

Indian Cricket TeamThis World Cup as you know will be jointly co hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. The good news for these teams is that they will play all their knockout games at their respective home grounds, regardless of where they stand in their groups at the end of the preliminary stage of the tournament which starts in February next year.

If two host teams are to meet in knock out phase, the team which is positioned higher at pre tournament seeding (which were locked a year before) will get to play in their own backyard. For example, if India get to quarter finals, they will play their match in Ahmadabad even if the opposing team in Sri Lanka, the reason being that India were placed better than Sri Lanka when the team's seeding was finalized. The final is also scheduled to take place in India, which means they will play all their games on home soil irrespective of their opponents in the knockout stage.

Sri Lankans will get to play India at away grounds, but all other teams including co hosts Bangladesh at home. Similar formula will apply to Bangladesh, when they play against any other team they will play at home but if they are drawn up against the either of the two co hosts India and Sri Lanka they will have to play away.

Application of these rules would mean that face of knockout stages will not be vivid until the positions of three host nations become clear. An unidentified ICC official said that this current schedule would probably have an adverse effect on management of logistical and organizational tasks. The official said that knock out stages cannot be finalized until the very final game of group stages which in India Vs West Indies at Chennai on 20th March. The picture would only become clear after that game.

The first stage of the tournament would be a league phase where fourteen teams, divided into two groups equally would battle to gain top four spots in the groups for the qualification of quarter finals.

The scripting of groups in the knock out phase is similar to that of 1992 where New Zealand would have been made to play their game in Sydney had they come up against Australia in the next stage, but as Australia didn't make it through the first stage; New Zealand played their semi final game in Auckland.

It is understood that ICC came up with this policy as consideration for the fans who can book tickets of their teams in advance rather than waiting to see where their team finishes.

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