India will come in as favourites for World Cup: Smith

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 21:04 PM IST

Cape Town: South African captain Graeme Smith reckons that the three hosts of the upcoming World Cup will be the teams to beat, with India favourites for the title.

“I think the home teams will be right up there when it comes to the World Cup. I think in the sub-continent conditions they’ll be very crafty knowing how to read conditions while other teams need to find ways to be successful there,” Smith told ICC Cricket World Radio Show.

“I think for us we need to versatile, I think India will come in as favourites, but personally I think there are five or six teams that could win this World Cup which is probably going to make it a very exciting one,” he added.

The World Cup will take place between February and early April, with the first match to be played on February 19 with co-hosts India and Bangladesh facing off at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

The opening ceremony will be held at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, two days before the start of the tournament.

The final would take place on April 2 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

ANI