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Thursday, February 17, 2011


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It's part of the romance of a knock-out competition: the upset. The smaller unfancied team outplaying a side of overpaid superstars. When Ireland made it through to the super-eights in 2007 their players had a real problem: how do we get the extra time off work? I hope for a similar Cinderella story this time. Canada's Rizwan Cheema smashed 93 off 70 deliveries against England in a sparkling innings that was easily the best batting performance for either team. If he can replicate this in the Tournament, and Canada can sort out their top order, you can expect more upsets!

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Yep, totally agree with you Pjacommittee, the ICC need to strike a balance bwtweeh spreading the game around the world and restricting the length of the WC. 16 teams organised into four groups of four would do exactly that, and if one of the big sides gets knocked out early cest le vie.

da punjabi

10 test playing nation should not qualify automatically for the world cup. My idea is that ICC must give 16 teams to qualify for the world cup through mini WORLD CUP which can be held a year before the actual world cup. ICC must put 4 test playing nation along with 6 associate teams in group of two. In group stage 3 teams from each group qualify to make 6 teams advance.

However, there is a catch. The team that tops the group, must get a bye match qualification, and bottom 4 teams should compete a one match qualification to semifinal. All 4 teams that make semifinal should qualify for the actual world cup.

This same format should also be adopted for the world cup of 10 teams in 2015.


Suffice to say that it is unlikely that any of the four minnows will win the three games they will probably need to progress through the group stage.q

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