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Monday, May 07, 2007

The ICC Cricket World cup West Indies 2007- A Review

The cricket world cup 2007 was the most talked about cricketing world cup for a lot of weird

The bad side of the cup

A farcical joke of an ending to what might have been the most closely contested world cup
final in the last decade.

The murder of Bob Woolmer, South African coach of Pakistan (till date there is no news of
the murderer)

The shock elimination of India and Pakistan in the first round at the hands of Bangladesh
and Ireland respectively cost the WC a lot of its sheen, both commercially and talent wise.

Bangladesh would subsequently beat South Africa as well before succumbing to the Irish.

Matches played out to near empty stands or to hordes of school children. The prices of the
tickets and the ban of instruments were not taken well in the Caribbean.

The length of the tournament and subsequent cases of boredom faced by the players and the
public alike.

The retirements of many players from cricket including Brian Lara, Inzamam ul Haq, Glenn
Mcgrath, Sanath Jayasuriya will rob the game of charm in the future etc

The staying behind and non-retirements of players like Sachin Tendulkar etc

So what happened? Why? These are questions for which we have to wait for answers for. Heads
will surely roll a long way.

The good side of the cup

Australia Winning the third successive WC, while Sri Lanka ensued that there was an asian
finalist for every world cup since 1992.

Upset wins by Bangaldesh and Ireland

Some classic moments like Malinga's 4 wickets in 4 balls against South Africa, Gibbs' six sixes in an over against the Netherlands etc

Overall a disappointingly long world cup with plenty of meaningless matches.