If you are a real cricket follower, then make sure you are in Australia or New Zealand two years from now. Yes that’s true, with preparations are currently going in full speed for the Cricket World Cup 2015 and the trans-Tasman phase is set for the best entertainment in the field of cricket. Australia and New Zealand will host the 11th version of ICC Cricket World Cup.
Held in the year 1975 and organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC), The World Cup is the most important tournament in Cricket, which takes place to be the second most preferred game in the world. The value of World Cup can be highlighted from the fact that only 5 out of 19 teams that have actually gotten involved up until now have been able to declare the title. The event in itself is extremely exquisite considering that it occurs just as soon as in 4 years time. With the ICC terming the World Cup as a peak of accomplishment in the sport, groups from all over the world push hard to obtain their hands on among the most coveted trophies worldwide. Some cricket players even announce their retirement after playing World Cup, ending the profession on a fabulous note. The ICC Cricket World Cup is immensely preferred across all continents. No doubt it’s the fourth-largest and fourth most-viewed sporting event in the entire world. Australia has an astonishing record of winning the World Cup 4 times and they scripted ‘hat-trick’ by winning it for 3 successive times in 1999, 2003 and 2007. However the current World Champions are India, who became the only country to gain the World Cup on its house dirt in the 2011. While West Indies and India have actually won it two times, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have actually likewise succeeded it once.
Members: While ICC has 105 member nations that play cricket, however remarkably just 10 of them have the Test condition, which makes them an automatic qualification for the World Cup. All various other teams have to go with a collection of preliminary qualifying tournaments like the World Cricket League Champion.
Records: Fabulous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has most variety of runs scored in World Cup games with 2278 runs under his belt while Australian bowler Glenn McGrath has most variety of wickets In World Cup at 71 wickets. Garry Kirsten’s unbeaten 188 vs UAE in 1996 is the highest rating in a World Cup match. Ricky Ponting is the only the only Captain to succeed 2 titles. The finals of 2003 and 2007 World Cup were interfered with for a short duration due to rain. Sri Lanka has now appeared in 2 back to back finals in 2007 and 2011, the sad thing is they lost on both the celebrations.
The Prize: The desired World Cup Trophy is unarguably among the valued possessions of a lifetime. A secret fact is that the succeeding team gets to lay their hands only on the replica model of the trophy. Just like the original dish of Coca Cola, which is kept inside a vault in Atlanta, the original World Cup Prize too is safely kept at ICC’s head office in Dubai. The existing prize is 60cm high and is made from silver and gold. It features a golden world held by 3 columns which represent 3 basic aspects of cricket; batting, bowling and fielding. The huge globe between defines as a ball. Its platonic dimensions make it quickly acknowledging from any angle. It considers around 11 kilograms and has names of all 10 previous winners etched on it. There is still space for another 10 champions.
World Cup 2015- Australia and New Zealand bagged the rights for the 2015 World Cup from ICC. The two trans-Tasman countries had originally quote for the 2011 World Cup however they were provided to Asian nations. According to the ICC, logo for the 2015 World Cup which was unveiled in Mumbai on 2nd April 2011 contributes to the structure story of the game.
Format: The exact same format as in 2011 will be followed. 14 teams will be divided in two teams of 7 each. The 7 groups will play each various other once after which the leading 4 teams from each group applies for the quarter-finals. They main benefit of this format is that each team gets to play a minimum of 6 matches even if they exit in the team stage. This certain format will avoid exactly what happened in the controversial 2007 edition of the event where leading groups like India and Pakistan exited after having lost two of their three games in the team phase.
Read more about the world cup, the team preparations and how to get there at http://www.icccricketworldcup.org/