News: Flintoff considers Scotland to be capable of causing an upset at the WC 07
Flintoff recently toured Scotland to promote the Ashes series for Sky Sports, and in one of the sessions he has met with a few upcoming cricketing kids and also mentioned that Scotland should not be underestimated in next years World Cup.
I think Scotland will find it tough to upset either South Africa or Australia. The real possibility of an upset is in the Ireland group, where there are Zimbabwe and West Indies. Agreed that West Indies on their day can beat anyone in the world, and also agreed that West Indies are stronger at home. But WI is also a very inconsistent side, and you never know what will happen if Ireland manage to post 250, and get Gayle and Lara dismissed early.
If Kenya had not been in the dismal state of affairs that they are in right now, I would have considered that group to be quite possibly the upset prone group as well, with NZ and England being there apart from Canada. I think it will depend upon whether the English team’s musical chairs with injured players continues or they will have a full strength squad availalble. Upsetting NZ is a real possibility that both Canada and Kenya could have looked at.
The good thing about the 2007 WC Format as opposed to the 2003 format is that a single upset victory will throw a stone in the pond. Hence the associate games are not as pointless as they may seem.
I feel that they did not really need to have a full league as a second round in the world cup 2007. They could have done with 2 groups of 4 each, combining the top 2 teams from each group as a second round, followed by the semi finals.