New format for World Cup ICC opt for two groups of seven at 2011 tournament England will face India and South Africa in an expanded seven-team group in the first round of the 2011 World Cup. The format - two groups of seven teams - was confirmed at a meeting of the International Cricket Council board in Johannesburg on Wednesday. England have been placed in Group B, with West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Holland also awaiting them. The new format for the tournament in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which will see the overall number of games reduced from 51 to 49, will take over from the much-criticised structure of the last World Cup which began with four groups of four and progressed to a Super Eight stage. India is to host 29 fixtures, including a semi-final and the final. Sri Lanka will stage the other semi-final. According to the provisional schedule, Bangladesh is due to stage the opening ceremony on February 18 and the first game the following day, as well as two quarter-finals. India will stage matches in eight venues, Sri Lanka has 12 matches at three venues and Bangladesh eight at two. 2011 World Cup draw: Group A: Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya Group B: India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands Sky Sports Still going to be an awfully long affair but the format is much better than what we had in the Caribbean. If the West Indies are still in such disarray come 2011 then Bangladesh, Ireland or the Netherlands will certainly fancy their chances of getting that final quarter final place in Group B.