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India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup

A lot of pictures of cricket appeared in the last few days as the region prepares for the Cricket World Cup. These images suggest the cultural and economic significance of the game. For more on the cricket world cup, here's a wikipedia article.

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In this photo taken Jan. 22, 2011, boys play cricket in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The international cricket landscape has changed dramatically, with India now the commercial powerbase of the sport and the nation of almost 1.2 billion people expecting its team to win a World Cup in the subcontinent.

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, Bangladeshi village boys walk past a mustard field to participate in a local cricket match at Sigair disrict, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India are co-hosting the 2011 Cricket World Cup with fans expectations high in the South Asian region.

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This Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 photo shows an Indian laborer waking at the warehouse of a cricket accessories factory in Meerut, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from New Delhi, India. India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will host International Cricket Council's Cricket World Cup starting Feb. 19.

Ajit Solanki / AP

In this Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 photo, Indians plays cricket at the University ground in Ahmadabad, India. The international cricket landscape has changed dramatically, with India now the commercial powerbase of the sport and the nation of almost 1.2 billion people expecting its team to win a World Cup in the subcontinent.

Manish Swarup / AP

This Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 photo shows an Indian craftsman checking cricket balls at a cricket accessories factory in Meerut, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from New Delhi, India. India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will host International Cricket Council's Cricket World Cup starting Feb. 19.

Rajanish Kakade / AP

A vendor walks past a poster of Indian cricketers in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. India is co-hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.