Some 16,000 foreign guests are expected to come Bangladesh to see the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup matches. The host countries -- Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka -- are now busy giving a facelift to the tournament venues. But this mega event is especially significant for Bangladesh. This is the first time the country is going to co-host the cricket world cup.

If it sounds like the Super Bowl has met Bollywood, then the Indian Premier League (IPL) has done its job. Just three seasons into its new faster-tempo and hypercommercialized brand of cricket, the multibillion-dollar venture has taken the imperial gentleman’s sport, where matches could last for five days, and souped it up into an appetizing three-hour after-work special.