The cricket world cup is the prestigious world championship of One Day International cricket which is held every four years between the test-playing nations and a few qualifiers. West Indies is the host of 2007 edition. The quantity of the participant teams will be sixteen this time round. Along with the usual test-playing nations (Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, England, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh), there will also be teams like Netherlands, Scotland, Bermuda, Canada, Kenya and Ireland. Among them, Ireland and Bermuda are playing in the cricket world cup for the very first time! The team grouping for the World Cup 2007 has been done based on the world rankings as of April 2005 meaning that the top 4 teams play in 4 different groups and so on.
The first warm-up match of the Cricket World Cup 2007 will be held on March 5th between the home team West Indies and Kenya. The grand opening ceremony is set to take place on 11th March. The group stage matches will begin on the 13th of March and end on 25th (the next day being the reserve day). The second round robin stage, called ‘Super Eight Series’ starts from 27th March and the best 4 teams there will be competing with each other on the 24th and 25th of April. There will be altogether 51 One-Day-International matches and the most anticipated of them all, the Finals, will take place in Barbados on 28th April bringing an end to the 47-day cricket-fest.
With just over a fortnight to go, the Cricket World Cup 2007 has created immense excitement among the viewers and supporters of the game.
So who do you think will win this edition of the world cup?
The official website for the 2007 cricket world cup is http://www.cricketworldcup.com