Watching England play 50 over cricket for much of the last 20 years has been like watching your nan trying to work out how to use an iPad. For decades the English have been stuck in the past, failing to adapt to the innovations of the modern game. At the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the English ODI team reached a new low. Humbled by New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Australia and finally Bangladesh the English crashed out of the tournament at the group stages. Since then things have been very different as England have put together one of the most destructive sides in the world. The host nation kicked of their ICC Champions trophy with a comfortable 8-wicket victory over Bangladesh at the Oval in south London. Bangladesh came into the game having won 4 of their previous 7 ODIs against England and would have felt good about their chances towards the end of their innings. A 166-run partnership between opener Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim had the Tigers well placed to … [Read more...] about England impress in comfortable win over Bangladesh
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The ICC has gone back to the future with its scheduling of the 2019 World Cup, which begs the question as to whether it is a better way to decide the best team than what has been used in recent editions? Ten teams will make up the 2019 tournament, to be held in England. Each team will play the other participants once, before the top four will face off in semi-finals, with the winner playing off in the final at Lord’s on July 14. The only time this format has been used before in a World Cup was in 1992, in Australia, when nine teams played each other team once, with the top four advancing to the finals. Every other edition of the World Cup has used either quarter-finals into semi-finals, or a ‘super six’ into semi-finals. By reverting to a competition where every team must play each other once, it gives the impression that the best teams should make it to the final four. Should one of the top nations lose an early game against one of the minnows, they still have the … [Read more...] about Is the World Cup format in cricket’s best interests?
ICC’s CEC (chief executive committee) have nearly finalized the 2019 World Cup schedule which is set to be approved at ICC’s board meeting today in Kolkata. As per the schedule revealed today, India will be played against Pakistan in their fourth Group game in Manchester, on June 16, 2019. The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which is set to be hosted by England and Wales Cricket Board, is awaiting its final schedule. As reported by ESPN Cricinfo the fixtures are nearly decided, only the formalities will be fulfilled in International Cricket Council’s board meeting today in Kolkata. The World Cup will be played in 10 cities and 11 venues, across the length and breadth of England and Wales. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will compete in Old Trafford, Manchester on June 16. Not only will the venue also host India's matchup against the Windies and the much awaited Australia-South Africa tie, Old Trafford will also welcome two teams for the first semi-final of the … [Read more...] about 2019 World Cup schedule revealed; India vs Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester
The Olympic Stadium looks set to miss out on hosting matches at next year’s World Cup. The fixtures and venues for next summer’s competition will be announced on Thursday with Old Trafford landing the plum tie between India and Pakistan on June 16. The Olympic Stadium had been earmarked for two matches with organisers hoping to attract record crowds of 60,000 for a cricket fixture in this country. Having seen how multi-use stadiums brought in huge crowds at the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the Olympic Stadium was an obvious choice. But it would involve huge cost in converting the football pitch to a cricket outfield as well as the instillation of drop in pitches in England for the first time. The ICC had given the green light for the ground to be used as a venue and the ECB were planning to hold test events this summer. But the small boundary and the fact floodlights would have to be angled differently for cricket meant it would have been a gamble to use the … [Read more...] about Olympic Stadium to miss out on hosting 2019 Cricket World Cup matches
International sporting events unite nations all over the world, as fans celebrate sport and support their country. However the cricket World Cup drags on way too long and overstays its welcome. It takes four weeks for the FIFA World Cup to come and go. The Olympics, which accommodates over 10,000 athletes competing in over 300 events, only lasts 17 days. However the ICC cricket World Cup, which has only 14 nations participating, takes six long weeks to complete. With both Australia and New Zealand hosting this year’s World Cup there are a total of 14 venues to play at – ample resources to play more than two games a day. For Australian fans the wait has been a long one, with a week between each game they have played. That was enough for me to lose interest. In spite of this, the ICC saw some record crowds during the first week of the tournament. However crowd attendance has died down when powerhouse teams are not playing. A similar format to that of the Twenty20 World … [Read more...] about Summer is over boys, so get on with the Cricket World Cup!