Saturday, March 10, 2007

CRICKET WORLD CUP 2007


2007 ICC Cricket World Cup - West Indies
ICC Cricket World Cup
2007

Official Logo
Teams 16 (from 97 entrants)
Host West Indies
Matches played 51
The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup will be hosted by the West Indies from March 13 to April 28, 2007. There will be a total of 51 matches played at the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, which is three fewer than at the 2003 World Cup, despite the two extra teams taking part. It will be contested by 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams. The top two teams from each group will then compete in a "Super 8" format, similar to the previous "Super 6" format, from which the semi-finalists will be decided. The Official Song for this World Cup is "The Game of Love and Unity" by Jamaican-born Shaggy, Barbadian entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian Faye-Ann Lyons.
The Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, Jamaica will host the Opening Ceremony on 11 March.
The ten Test match playing countries and Kenya qualified for this World Cup automatically, and 5 further teams qualified via the 2005 ICC Trophy, thus gaining ODI status. The field of sixteen teams is the largest ever for the Cricket World Cup.
the largest ever for the Cricket World Cup.
Test & ODI status
Australia
Bangladesh
England
India
New Zealand
Pakistan
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Indies
Zimbabwe

ODI status
Bermuda
Canada
Kenya
Ireland
Netherlands
Scotland

Rules & regulations
Matches
Day matches will be held from 9:30 to 17:15 West Indies time. The first innings will run from 9:30 - 13:00 and the 2nd innings will run from 13:45 to 17:15. Because of the time difference all matches in Kingston, Jamaica will start an hour later than in the rest of the West Indies following the same time rules as above.
The matches will be One-day Internationals and will operate under normal ODI rules. All matches are to be 50 overs a side unless stated otherwise by the umpires or match referee. A bowler may bowl a maximum of 10 overs per match. In the event of bad weather, each side must have batted a minimum of 20 overs for a result to be declared (if the match has not otherwise been won). If each side has batted at least twenty overs, the Duckworth-Lewis method will be applied to determine the result or target.
There is a new rule regarding referral of catches to the TV replay official (third umpire): if the standing umpires are unable to determine whether a catch has been taken cleanly, and/or whether a claimed catch is a "bump ball", they have discretion to refer the decision to the third umpire. Also, whilst reviewing such a catch via TV replay if it is clear to the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the ball, he shall indicate that the batsman is not out. [1]
Tournament points
In the Group Stage and in the Super 8 Stage points will be awarded as follows:
Points
Results Points
Win 2 points
Tie/No Result 1 point
Loss 0 points
The top two teams from each Group will advance to the Super 8 stage and any points they may have earned against the other qualifier from their own group will be carried through. In the Super 8s, each team will play the six remaining qualifiers from the other groups and the top four teams will go through to the semi-finals. Positions will be decided by most points. Where two or more teams are tied on points, the following methods in turn will be used to decide which team goes through:
most Wins in their group or in Super 8 whichever is applicable
Higher Net Run Rate in their group or in Super 8 whichever is applicable
Higher Number of Wickets Taken Per Ball in their group or in Super 8 whichever is applicable
Winners of Head to Head Matches
The Drawing Of Lots
Knock-out stages
In the case of a tie or no-result, the Semi-finals will be decided by the following:
Tied-Match - In the event of a tied match the teams will compete in a Bowl-out to decide who goes through to the Final.
No-Result - In the event of a no-result the team with the higher net run-rate in the Super 8 stage will go through to the Final.

If such an event occurs in the Final, the following methods will be used:
Tied-Match - In the event of a tied match the teams will compete in a Bowl-out to decide the winners.
No-Result - The teams will be declared joint winners.
Media coverage


Mello
The World Cup has grown as a media event with each iteration. The sponsorship and television rights that were awarded primarily to cover the 2003 and 2007 World Cups raised over US$550m [2]. The 2007 World Cup will be televised in over 200 countries to a viewing audience estimated at more than two billion television viewers, and is expected to generate more than 100,000 unique visitors to the West Indies who will travel solely for the tournament.[3]
The 2007 Cricket World Cup features an orange racoon-like creature named "Mello" as its mascot.
Leadup
All major Test-playing nations had schedules allowing them to play a large number of One-day Internationals against other major ODI teams just prior to the World Cup. Australia, New Zealand and England took part in the Commonwealth Bank Series where England defeated Australia in the finals. Australia then went to New Zealand for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, losing 3-0. South Africa played five ODIs against India (South Africa won 4-0) and five against Pakistan (South Africa won 3-1) while India also played four ODIs against the West Indies (India won 3-1) and four ODIs against Sri Lanka (India won 2-1). Bangladesh played four ODIs against Zimbabwe (Bangladesh won 3-1) and won a tri-series against Canada and Bermuda. The associate ODI teams took part in the World Cricket League, which Kenya won, and were also involved in other series' prior to the World Cup.
The rankings of the teams at the beginning of the Cricket World Cup were:
Ranking Team Rating Ranking Team Rating
1 South Africa
128 9 Bangladesh
42
2 Australia
125 10 Zimbabwe
22
3 New Zealand
113 11 Kenya
0
4 Pakistan
111 12 Scotland
0%/69%
5 India
109 13 Netherlands
0%/50%
6 Sri Lanka
108 14 Ireland
0%/44%
7 England
106 15 Canada
0%/33%
8 West Indies
101 16 Bermuda
0%/28%
Note:Teams 12-16 do not have official ODI rankings; they are ranked in this tournament based on their win percentage against full and then associate members
Warm-up matches
Prior to the main tournament all 16 nations are playing in a series of warm-up matches to prepare, experiment with different tactics and to help them get acclimated to conditions in the West Indies. The warm-up matches are not considered as official ODI's.[4] There are no reserve days for these matches. The matches are being played from Monday 5 March until Friday 9 March.
Tournament Format
Seeds
The tournament will begin with a league stage consisting of four groups of four. Each team will play each of the other teams in its group once. Australia, India, England and West Indies have been placed in separate pools for logistical reasons, as they are expected to have the most supporters in attendance, and transport and accommodation capacity in the West Indies is limited.[5] The groupings were decided via a draw
The groups are listed below, with seedings (rankings from April 2005) shown in brackets. Each group will play all its matches at a single ground.
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Australia (1)
South Africa (5)
Scotland (12)
Netherlands (16)
Sri Lanka (2)
India (8)
Bangladesh (11)
Bermuda (15)
New Zealand (3)
England (7)
Kenya (10)
Canada (14)
Pakistan (4)
West Indies (6)
Zimbabwe (9)
Ireland (13)

For current ODI rankings, see ICC ODI rankings.
Structure
The tournament will be preceded by a number of warm-up matches to acclimatise the players. The Group Stage matches will be played from Tuesday 13 March until Tuesday 27 March. There will be a total of 24 matches played in the group stage.
The top two teams in each group will proceed to the "Super 8" stage. This will also use a league system. Each team will carry forward its result against the other team qualifying from its preliminary stage group, and will play the other six qualifying teams once each. The top four teams in the league will qualify for the semi-finals. This system has been modified since the last World Cup, which had a "Super 6" stage rather than a Super 8. The Super 8 stage matches will be played from Wednesday 28 March until Saturday 21 April. A total of 24 matches will be played in the Super 8 stage.
The top four teams in the "Super 8" will advance to the Semi-Finals. This is the knockout stage, with the #1 team playing the #4 team, and the #2 team playing the #3 team in the tournament. The winners of each game proceed into the Final.
All tournament matches will have one reserve day (the day after the scheduled day of the match) to allow for matches to be completed in the event of bad weather.

Group Stage
Group A
All matches start at 13.30 GMT.
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
Australia

South Africa

Scotland

Netherlands


Wednesday 14 March 2007
Australia
vs Scotland
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis


Friday 16 March 2007
South Africa
vs Netherlands
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis


Sunday 18 March 2007
Australia
vs Netherlands
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis


Tuesday 20 March 2007
South Africa
vs Scotland
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis


Thursday 22 March 2007
Scotland
vs Netherlands
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis


Saturday 24 March 2007
Australia
vs South Africa
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis


Group B
All matches start at 13.30 GMT.
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
Sri Lanka

India

Bangladesh

Bermuda


Thursday 15 March 2007
Sri Lanka
vs Bermuda
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago


Saturday 17 March 2007
India
vs Bangladesh
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago


Monday 19 March 2007
India
vs Bermuda
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago


Wednesday 21 March 2007
Sri Lanka
vs Bangladesh
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago


Friday 23 March 2007
India
vs Sri Lanka
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago


Sunday 25 March 2007
Bermuda
vs Bangladesh
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago


Group C
All matches start at 13.30 GMT.
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
New Zealand

England

Kenya

Canada


Wednesday 14 March 2007
Kenya
vs Canada
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia


Friday 16 March 2007
England
vs New Zealand
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia


Sunday 18 March 2007
England
vs Canada
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia


Tuesday 20 March 2007
New Zealand
vs Kenya
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia


Thursday 22 March 2007
New Zealand
vs Canada
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia


Saturday 24 March 2007
England
vs Kenya
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia


Group D
All matches start at 14.30 GMT.
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
Pakistan

West Indies

Zimbabwe

Ireland


Tuesday 13 March 2007
West Indies
vs Pakistan
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica


Thursday 15 March 2007
Zimbabwe
vs Ireland
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica


Saturday 17 March 2007
Pakistan
vs Ireland
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica


Monday 19 March 2007
West Indies
vs Zimbabwe
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica


Wednesday 21 March 2007
Zimbabwe
vs Pakistan
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica


Friday 23 March 2007
West Indies
vs Ireland
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica


Super 8
All matches start at 13.30 GMT.
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR PCF
A1 TBA
A2 TBA
B1 TBA
B2 TBA
C1 TBA
C2 TBA
D1 TBA
D2 TBA
The fixtures (below) for the Super 8 league relate to A1 being the first seed in group A, A2 the second, B1 the first in group B etc, as the expected qualifiers from each group. It does not refer to the actual league placings from round one.
If these two teams do qualify they will be seeded in position 1 or 2 as specified regardless of whether they finish first or second in their group. For example, if South Africa wins Group A and Australia comes second, for the purposes of the Super Eights, South Africa will still be A2 and Australia will be A1.
If these two teams do not qualify from their group they will be replaced in their indicative position by the team that qualifies instead of them. For example, if Scotland qualifies instead of Australia, Scotland will become A1.

Tuesday 27 March 2007
D2 vs A1 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda


Wednesday 28 March 2007
A2 vs B1 Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana


Thursday 29 March 2007
D2 vs C1 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda


Friday 30 March 2007
D1 vs C2 Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana


Saturday 31 March 2007
A1 vs B2 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda


Sunday 1 April 2007
D2 vs B1 Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana


Monday 2 April 2007
B2 vs C1 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda


Tuesday 3 April 2007
D1 vs A2 Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana


Wednesday 4 April 2007
C2 vs B1 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda


Saturday 7 April 2007
B2 vs A2 Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana


Sunday 8 April 2007
A1 vs C2 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda


Monday 9 April 2007
D1 vs C1 Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana


Tuesday 10 April 2007
D2 vs A2 Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada


Wednesday 11 April 2007
B2 vs C2 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados


Thursday 12 April 2007
C1 vs B1 Queen's Park, St Georges, Grenada


Friday 13 April 2007
A1 vs D1 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados


Saturday 14 April 2007
A2 vs C1 Queen's Park, St Georges, Grenada


Sunday 15 April 2007
B2 vs D1 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados


Monday 16 April 2007
A1 vs B1 Queen's Park, St Georges, Grenada


Tuesday 17 April 2007
A2 vs C2 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados


Wednesday 18 April 2007
D1 vs B1 Queen's Park, St Georges, Grenada


Thursday 19 April 2007
D2 vs B2 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados


Friday 20 April 2007
A1 vs C1 Queen's Park, St Georges, Grenada


Saturday 21 April 2007
D2 vs C2 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados


Super 8 Matchup by Teams
A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 D1 D2
A1 Apr 16 Mar 31 Apr 20 Apr 08 Apr 13 Mar 27
A2 Mar 28 Apr 07 Apr 14 Apr 17 Apr 03 Apr 10
B1 Apr 16 Mar 28 Apr 12 Apr 04 Apr 18 Apr 01
B2 Mar 31 Apr 07 Apr 02 Apr 11 Apr 15 Apr 19
C1 Apr 20 Apr 14 Apr 12 Apr 02 Apr 09 Mar 29
C2 Apr 08 Apr 17 Apr 04 Apr 11 Apr 21 Mar 30
D1 Apr 13 Apr 03 Apr 18 Apr 15 Apr 09 Apr 21
D2 Mar 27 Apr 10 Apr 01 Apr 19 Mar 29 Mar 30
Semi-finals
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica - 14.30 GMT
24 April
2nd vs 3rd

Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St. Lucia - 13.30 GMT
25 April
1st vs 4th
Final
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados - 13.30 GMT
28 April
SF1 vs SF2
Awards
Man of the Tournament:
Man of the Match in the Final:
Records
2007 Cricket World Cup Records
Record First Second
Most runs
Most wickets
Most catches (wicketkeeper)
Most catches (fielder)
Most run outs (fielder)
Most stumpings (wicket keeper)
Most run outs (wicket keepers)
Hosts
Host selection
The World Cup was awarded to the West Indies via the International Cricket Council's rotational policy. It's the first time the Cricket World Cup has been held in the Caribbean despite the fact that the West Indies cricket team have been the second most successful team in past World Cups.[6]
The United States contingent lobbied toughly for matches to be staged at its newly built cricket ground in Lauderhill, Florida, but the ICC decided to award all matches to Caribbean nations. Bids from Bermuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a second bid by Jamaica were also rejected.
Challenges and profits
In February 2006, West Indies hosting of the World Cup was questioned by Sir Ronald Sanders, a member of the Innovative Communication Corporation’s board of directors since the company’s inception[7], who expressed concern about the readiness of the West Indies for the tournament and the fiscal strain that hosting such an event may bring. He noted that governments throughout the region were investing heavily in the necessary infrastructure that hosting the games requires, and that many of them are banking on the expected benefits of tourism as a result of the World Cup to boost their economies in 2007 and beyond.[8] West Indian sportsmen have hit back, claiming that the passion for cricket in the region is more than enough to make the tournament a success[9].
The famous West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has also criticised the qualification process for the 2007 World Cup. Holding expressed doubts over the benefit to less established teams of turning up and being heavily defeated [10]. However, former Scotland captain George Salmond claims that the opportunity to play one-day cricket against the bigger teams is invaluable for smaller teams such as his own, and questioned the validity of Holding's statements[11]. In this he was supported by former Bermudian Captain, Lionel Cann.
] Venues


World Cup 2007's Venues are in blue across the West Indies.
Eight venues across the West Indies have been selected to host the World Cup final tournament. All host Countries will host six matches with the exceptions of St Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados which will each host seven matches.
The stadium capacities shown are all seated capacities.
Country City Stadium Capacity Matches Cost New or renovated
Antigua & Barbuda
St John's
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
20,000 Super 8 US$ 54 million [12]
New Stadium
Barbados
Bridgetown
Kensington Oval
32,000 Super 8 & Final US$69.1 Million [13]
Renovated
Grenada
St George's
Queen's Park
20,000 Super 8
Guyana
Georgetown
Providence Stadium
20,000 Super 8 US$26 Million/US$46 Million (see below) [14]
New Stadium
Jamaica
Kingston
Sabina Park
30,000 Group D & Semi-final US$26 Million [15]
Renovated
St Kitts & Nevis
Basseterre
Warner Park Stadium
10,000 Group A US$12 Million Renovated
St Lucia
Gros Islet
Beausejour Stadium
20,000 Group C & Semi-final US$ 23 Million [16]
Built in 2002 and being renovated
Trinidad & Tobago
Port of Spain
Queen's Park Oval
25,000 Group B

There will be four additional venues that will host warm-up matches.
Country City Stadium Capacity Cost New or renovated Notes
Barbados
Bridgetown
3Ws Oval
3,500
Jamaica
Trelawny
Greenfield Stadium
25,000 US$ 35 Million [17]
New Stadium Opening ceremony
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Kingstown
Arnos Vale Stadium
12,000
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Augustine
Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground (University of the West Indies)
Replacement for Brian Lara Stadium which will not be completed in time
The Jamaican Government is spending over US$80.8 million for "on the pitch" expenses [18]. This includes refurbishing Sabina Park and constructing the new multi-purpose facility in Trelawny (through a soft loan from China). Another US $20 million is budgeted for 'off-the-pitch' expenses, putting the tally at more than US$100 million or some $7-billion (Jamaican).
This puts the reconstruction cost of Sabina Park at US$45.8 Million as the Trelawny Stadium will cost US$35 Million. [19] [20] The total amount of money being spent on stadiums is at the very least US$300.9 Million.
The Brian Lara Stadium, in Trinidad, officially lost its status as a pre-tournament warm-up match venue for the World Cup 2007 on September 21, 2006[21], [22].

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