The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the 2011 World Cup will be shorter

The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the 2011 World Cup will be shorter, with fewer teams.

Last year’s 47-day event in 2007 was criticised for being too drawn out.

The 2011 tournament – jointly staged by Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – will involve 14 rather 16 teams and will run over 38 days.

The ICC’s 10 full members automatically qualify for the 2011 event and they will be joined by the top four teams from 2009 qualifiers in Dubai.

Won by Australia, the 2007 final ended in farce and darkness after Sri Lanka were told the match would go to an extra day, only to be later asked to come back out.

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