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Opinion: A better world cup format……..

I remember reading the original format for the world cup 2007 2-3 years back. It was the one that was also used in the MLB World Championship in 2006. The first round would be the same as it was this year, followed by a second stage. The second stage would be 2 groups of 4 each, these being the top 2 teams of each pool. They carry the points forward against each other, hence only 4 games need to be played for each group in round 2. At the end of this, you can have the semi finals and the final. The total number of games, combined for both second round groups, would be 8. The world cup can be finished within 30 days, like the football world cup.

Of course, there is no way to gaurantee that teams like India and Pakistan do not get knocked out in the first round :):) Apparently that was a ‘problem area’ for many in the current format……

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  1. fred
    May 15, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    must be 1000 better ways than the Shuper-8s! will we see one in 2011? i doubt it.

  2. May 15, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I think nobody would have complained about Super 8s had Pakistan and India both been in them, and also had India in particular made it to the semi finals……. then it would have been the best world cup format ever !! :):)

    It would still have been very long though…… And I also think that the World Cup is supposed to be about big matches……. so a long league where there is potential that the second half of the games are inconsequential is probably not the best way to go……

  3. Nathan Webb
    May 15, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Yeah, we pretty much knew who the final 4 teams were going to be by around the mid-point of the super 8s. The second half of the super-8s was just a waste of time.

  4. Cuen Lucas
    May 16, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Personally, if it were me in charge, the “Super” 8’s would be down the tubes, they were probably the most boring aspect of the whole tournament.
    Basically it was all about number crunching, where people got so tangled up in working out points totals and N.R.R. situations, it became an accounting session with some cricket being played in the background.

    I’d bring back ye olde quarter finals, where if you win, you’re one step closer to holding the trophy aloft, if you lose, you’re on the plane, no accounting, just pure cricketing excitement.

    Also I’d increase the groups to four groups of 5 teams, even with the increase of teams, I worked out that there would be 5 fewer games. Add rain days, and that’s ten less days to worry about (It’s worth noting that the best the ICC could do was make it 7 less days for the 2011 WC 🙂 )

  5. neel
    May 16, 2007 at 10:52 am

    I think the format of the current WC was perfect though the Scheduling was poor.

    There should have been 2 Super 8 games everyday and just 1 day breakm between the League games and the Super 8’s, between Super 8’s and Semi Finals and between Semi Finals and Finals.

    That would have meant only 31 days just perfect for such a Major Tournament. Also the crowd interest and intensity would have been maintained.

    A good example is if there was a one sided Super 8 game, the crowd could always turn to the other one being played on the same day.

    Also the league stage should have 24 teams with 4 groups of 6 each. Each team would have 5 matches then. This would shut the mouths of people up who say that their teams did not get enough games and did not qualify because of a one off result.

  6. May 16, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    The world cup is not going to increase to more than 16 teams……. if anything, there is pressure to move in the other direction………

  7. Art
    May 17, 2007 at 1:57 am

    From what I saw the problem was with the attendence rather than the format. Set aside Australia’s bleating about playing minnows and there was a genuine contest. I guess a little like a tennis tournament where sometimes the top seeds get beaten early, such is life.

    However I really think there should be some reconsidering on how many overs constitutes a game. Rain or other interruptions even under Duckworth Lewis can have a major effect on a game and given the time over which the games were played perhaps we could look at the possibility of a three say match to bowl the overs rather than what they have now.

    Yes I know some of the cricketers will complain but I guess they should just go and count their salaries and forget about how ‘hard’ they have to work.

  8. Ram
    May 29, 2007 at 5:50 am

    I was actually thinking of a WC format that would be radically different from the existing model, though questions shall remain about the cooperation from Full members…The format will be:

    Let the ICC qualifiers for the next WC be held 3 months after the conclusion of the previous event…The top 6 who qualify from that tournament will be given ODI status till the next edition…More importantly, the Full members WILL have to tour or host each of these 6 Associates over a minimum of 3 ODIs…The top 10 nations (since there are now 10 Full members) from the ICC ODI Championship table at the beginning of the 6 month period leading up to the WC shall qualify for the event proper where a format similar to the one adopted for the 1992 edition can be used…


    1. This will be more effective from the Associates’ point of view in developing their cricket instead of appearing once in 4 years in the WC that hardly creates a whimper among their public, then get thrashed, earn the wrath of everyone and escape into wilderness afterwards..
    2. Preserving the sanctity of the WC which at the moment seems to be a major concern for ex-cricketers because of the presence of too many ‘minnows’…We’ll not be compromising on the WC quality since now only the best 10 teams over the last 4 year period will make it…Chances of a Zim or Bermuda making it on the basis of their status are highly remote..
    3. A shorter WC…With 2 games a day, one day match and another day-nighter, the whole event including the warmups can be done with in 5-6 weeks max…
    4. Even if most of them do not qualify for the WC, the hosting of upto 30 high-profile ODIs over a 4-year period can generate enough revenue through various streams to atleast professionalize the top 25-30 players in the country..


    1. With the ICC qualifiers being held 3 months after the previous event and the WC qualification cutoff date being 6 months prior to the next event, the net period reduces to a little over 3 years…maybe one way to overcome this would be to have the ICC qualifiers for the next WC, 6 months prior to the previous event so that the 4 year period can be guaranteed…
    2. Of course, there’ll be the all too familiar dissent from the Full members…the only way to punish them would be to impose a substantial monetary cut from their due WC revenues depending on the no. of Associates they’ve failed to honor…this is the only tool the ICC has in hand to make its Full members play Associates more often..

    I don’t think 18 extra ODIs over a 4 year period is that much when you consider that most of the Associates are closer to Test nations (so that touring Test teams can quickly hop over at the end of a tour) and can host ODIs in the Apr-Sept period when most of the Test teams are free…Also, when teams can hop over to Abu Dhabi, Toronto, Malaysia for meaningless ODIs on neutral soil, I don’t think this should be impossible…It may also be possible that Test nations may prefer these ODIs to test their new players in alien conditions (such as Ire, Sco)…

    This is just my basic proposal…would like to have your views/suggestions on it…

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