The World cup secretariat, at SLC head quarters was declared open at 9.05 am on the 11th of November. Ven. Praveenacharya Polgolle Sri Dhamma Kusala Thero, Chief Sanganayake of the Sri Bauddaloka Viharaya together with members of the Hindu, Catholic/Christian and Muslim faiths invoked their blessings for the new secretariat. Boiling of Milk, lighting of the oil lamp was scheduled, at auspicious times. Mr Suraj Dandeniya tournament Director of World cup 2011 signed an official document and handed over same to chairman of SLC at 9.40 am. The launch was graced by S.Liyanagama Secretary of the sports Ministry, Chandima Karunaratne Secretary to the First Lady, Lesha De Silva Chandrasena Chairperson SLT, Suren Amarasekara CEO Mobitel, Secretary SLC Nishantha Ranathunga , IC members and SLC staff. Chairman D.S. De Silva In his speech emphasized the importance of the world cup. He also stated that all three venues Hosting the World Cup namely Hambantota, Pallekele, and the R.Premadasa stadiums will be state of the Art Come 2011.The Chairman went onto add, that His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse, is optimistic, world cup 2011 is a gateway for our mother land to prove to the world, our potential In economic and the tourist front and further, the peace we are enjoying after 30 years war. For tournament Director Suraj Dandeniya it’s the dawn of an era, a challenge to his credibility and efficiency as an administrator, his objectives were clear when he made a spontaneous and moving speech. Sri Lanka will host 12 World cup matches inclusive of a quarter final and a semi final. The World Cup secretariat is tastefully designed and furnished. the interior is eye catching. SLC extends her gratitude to ICC World cup body for financing a well laid out center. The facilities at the World cup center is equipped with the corporate requirements by the world cup body.