Group stage matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 started on February 19, 2011 and ended on March 20, 2011. The top four teams Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand from Group A and the top four teams South Africa, India, England and West Indies from Group B have advanced to the Quarter Finals.
All the venues of the 2011 Cricket World Cup were announced on November 2, 2009 in Mumbai by the International Cricket Council. In Sri Lanka, two new stadiums have been constructed for the World Cup. They are located in Kandy and Hambantota.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Official Theme Song is composed by the Indian popular music trio of Shankar, Ehsaan, and Loy. The lyrics of the song have been written by Manoj Yadav. De Ghuma Ke will also be dubbed in Bengali and Sinhalese as India is co-hosting the event along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The song has been marketed by Ogilvy and Mather.
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been a part of five World Cups but in his sixth he will play a special role, that of being the official event ambassador for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. It was announced by the International Cricket Council on November 11, 2010.
Stumpy, a ten year old elephant, is the official mascot for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. He was unveiled at a function in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday, April 2, 2010. He is very young, enthusiastic, and bursting at the seams with his love for cricket and its heroes. He thinks cricket is the most fun game in the world. He loves playing street cricket, would play 24/7 if he could, and dreams of playing in the World Cup one day.
The 2011 cricket world cup logo has been designed by Australian creative firm Witekite. It is very beautiful depicting the colourful ball in red, green and blue with people in action. The idea behind the logo is to celebrate the most admired sport cricket all over the world.
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will take place between February 19 and April 2, 2011. The tenth Cricket World Cup will be hosted by three South Asian Test cricket playing countries: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Bangladesh will be co-hosting a Cricket World Cup for the first time.