Sunday, April 08, 2007

ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 update

The Cricket World Cup 2007 started some weeks ago in various locations of the Caribbean and it looks that some surprises have happened lately.

I'm not a cricket fan, and by no means I have enough knowledge about cricket to judge the results so far whatsoever. However, as far as I know, among the always favorite teams are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, Australia and New Zealand. From them, India and Pakistan have been eliminated already; in fact, they weren't able to even classify to the second round of the tournament. By the way, Bob Woolmer, coach of the Pakistani team, was murdered after a surprising defeat against Ireland a couple of days before Pakistan's last game in the tournament...

Whether there is a link between Woolmer's death and Pakistan's low performance during the World Cup, is an issue that will be difficult to determine. The tournament has continued, and there are only eight teams still on the road to the championship (named the Super Eight by the International Cricket Council -ICC-): Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh and Ireland. From them, Ireland's situation seems to be hopeless. England, West Indies and Bangladesh will have a difficult time to pass; actually, it looks that they're in fact eliminated (again, don't take anything I write here for granted... I'm commenting based on my little knowledge about cricket. Help will be appreciated!).

Whatever happens with the so-called Super Eight, won't change the date and time set for the final match: April 28, 2007, in Barbados... that's when the next Cricket World Champion will be defined.

If you follow cricket, I'm sure you won't miss it. If you don't, you'll probably be as curious as me to know who wins the tournament, and if you can't find a TV channel that broadcasts such match, check the cricket World Cup's website by clicking here to get the complete list of results.

Enjoy Passover, Easter, or whatever holiday you're celebrating... if any.


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