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  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | July 31, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I remember 1992 world cup. It was a great tournament. Except marred by the rain rules. New Zealand were the surprise team, that probably deserved to win the 1992 WC. I loved the fashion design of the cricketers.. It was also the first time, kerry packer channel 9 style world series cricket format was used in a cricket world cup. You know colored clothing, white ball drop in pitches etc. There were a lot of close wonderful games. Most of all it was a world cup that had some top cricketers from the 70s and 80s having their swansong to their careers. And others like Jayasuriya, Tendulkar and Lara in the early stages of their one day careers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    First of all thanks to ICC for making the world cup interesting by giving opportunities to the associate teams. I think Australia, NZ will have the home advantage. England and India will be carrying their strong forms. The West Indies will try their best to show the world their class and strength in t-20 tournaments. Srilanka is always a very tough opponent in the ICC tournaments,Pakistan is a very talented team who have capability to win the world cup. South Africa will bring out their best I hope. Ireland is also so very capable that I think they can finish the group stage in r 3 position and there wll be another team behind them. Zimbabwe have been playing a group of players for the last couple of years which has made a perfect team and finding out the correct combination can make them go through, about Bangladesh, well it's my country and hope the team will show the world what they are capable of despite of being given very few matches in the FTPs... and almost no foreign tours...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    That awesome night at 92, where England ended its world cup final streak. thanks to Imran who led his team calm and Wasim whose fiery spells ended the dream of England. Will England comeback after 23 years to the limelight at this event????

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    every team would enjoy playing in aus and nz by their excellent climate conditions

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    cric_follower - Ireland wouldn't put a challenge to the top 8?, well we recently had Pakistan over here in Ireland and Pakistan were lucky we tied the first ODI, while they scraped by in the second ODI.

    I'm not saying Ireland will win the WC, although I do think your low opinion of Ireland is staggering. I think it shows that the vast majority of people here support Ireland being there, while only you and one other seem against it.

    T20 is for developing the smaller sides?, give it a break. Everyone deserves a chance to play in the WC. We had a qualification process and we qualified and we deserve to be there.

    You say let the WC be competed among the sides who care about cricket. I'd like you to come to Ireland and tell us we don't care about cricket. You tell the Irish players they don't care about cricket, because one thing is for sure, these lads are as passionate as everyone else there if not more.

    It's a pity you feel we don't care, or aren't capable. We deserve to be there!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 31, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    India cant make the Semis or its difficult to make quater final because their most of the batsman cant play in Ausies and NZ bounce tracks... We all knows Indian legend batsman sachin dravid etc always struggle specufically in ODIs.. When their legends strygle then what about dawan rohit kohli raina etc....??? India dont have world class seamers like SA Pak and Eng who can get most from Ausies cobdition. And also India dnt have world class spinners which i think only two in cricket Ajmal and Narine... On these grounds how can anyone pick India as fav..??? One positive point for india is dhoni as a captain... SA SL Pak and Australia have better chances in 2015 WC....

  • POSTED BY deadrunner on | July 31, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    I think England,Australia,New Zealand and South Africa have the advantages over others.All Sub-Continent teams will have to fight hard. It will be good for India if they don't pick Slow Pacers Like Vinay Kumar and co. in the team. There will not be any flat track in WC2015. Adelaide Oval has the nearest possible characteristic of a Sub-Continent Pitch. No group is tougher from the other as of now.It should be NZ,AUS,SL,ENG from Group A & SA,Pak,Ind & WI from group B. Pakistan will have to strengthen their batting in order to experience the Deja-Vu. Sri Lanka will have to fight hard seriously as their Senior trio is in 35+ age-group, they need to put youngsters in front.Also,they will have to find a good bowling partner for Malinga to make a consistent pair. Eng is doing good. For SA, it is the right time to introduce seamers like Abbott,Philander in the shorter format. But the hardest job is for Aus as they have to pick a winning combination.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 31, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Realistically SL donot have any chance in this WC. So as Pakistan unless they found a young stable batsman. The only way SL can win the match is they can pray for an Indian defeat in the knockout matches by some other teams. England have the potential to reach finals or at least semis. So as Australia. I know they are not in good form, but at home they are unbeatable. SA will chock again and NZ will reach up to semis maximum. But the cup winner will be India...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 31, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @ Herath-UK . It is a shame that you donot know about Pakistan fast bowling attack which will be more dangerous in Aus/NZ. Also, WI bowling is far better than BD. So, Group B is tough.

  • POSTED BY Seent on | July 31, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    My Dream situation: QF1- India v Australia QF2- S Africa v S Lanka QF3- W Indies v N. Z'and QF4- Ireland v England SF1- India v West Indies SF2- S. Africa v Ireland Final: India v S. Africa Either team wins, I am happy!!

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | July 31, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I want India SA, Irish,,Windies...Aus..Slanka..Eng...Kiwis..

    Semis btw- Ind vs Eng, Saf Vs Kiwi

    Final India VS Saf

    Winner India..

  • POSTED BY IndiaGoats on | July 31, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Most of the WC pitches will be drop-in pitches that suit flat-track bullies. Go India!

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    If u compare both groups they are same, both are difficult if u see group a England.Australia,Srilanka, Newzealand they are same kinda team Bangladesh can also disappoint any team as they did in past lets go to group b South africa , India, Pakistan,Westindies any team have ability to won the match from each side but Ireland have some amazing match winners rather than Zimbawe they can also disappoint any team in the group as they did in past Worldcup .....Hope this will be a memorable worldcup. this Woldcup will be very tough because this will not suite to Asian coditions all the credits goes to icc

  • POSTED BY Assasinator_007 on | July 31, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @CRLShamalka

    Yup!!! and I believe fans like you will be thinking Srilanka is unlucky as they will be meeting India and in the knock out stages and we all know who the winner will be.

  • POSTED BY WestCoastCricFan on | July 31, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    What a pity that the finals fixtures go straight to a knock out quarter final. What is the benefit of finishing higher in your group when each of the 8 quarter final teams play a knock out? How about the top 2 teams in each group play off in qualifying finals and the teams finishing 3rd and 4th play off in elimination finals. Winner of the qualifying finals go straight through to the semis. The winners of the eliminations play the losers of the qualifying finals. (Similar to the AFL Top 8) At least there is a reward to play your best team throughout all of the fixtures of the world cup.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 31, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Funny to see excuses already from some fans that group A is tough! Last time BD termed as minnow in the last worldcup and now seems to be a great team by some fans! Anyway semis lineup will be as follows : Eng, Aus from A and India and SA from B. It will be India Vs. Eng in the finals and India will retain the cup. All the best Team India.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | July 31, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    those bagging adelaide ovals suitability for the pak v ind match. the venue will hold 50000+ making it neck and neck with syd and akl as the next biggest venue behind the mcg. thats double the size of the ground where pak played india in the champions trophy! not only is adelaide the most similar pitch to the sub continent the out field is as close to carpet as you will ever find on a cricket field. you should be happy with the venue you got!!!

  • POSTED BY Zsam on | July 30, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    @rajesh, You are missing the point. The rain rule was atrocious and nobody can justify that, however the round robin format vs the pool division is what is being argued upon. The fact that Pakistan came from behind could not have happened had it not been an all play all format. We all know what happened in WI WC where both India and pak both got eliminated due to two bad days. And here was this 92 pak team with 5 straight defeats, yet came back.U hv a choice where u want either top teams to play all without 2 groups or choose the pool format, where it can be skewed to one side with more competition, and little room for off days. I prefer the former. The 2nd option is there for Champions trophy, and the ODI WC should emphasize on quality more than quantity.The tournament should have 8 teams and could have a qualifier before the real event begins to let two minnows have a shot. But its better to see all top teams play each other than see the clash of Namibia with Canada.That's socialism.

  • POSTED BY recycle-bin-is-empty on | July 30, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    I would only say that before the start of any major icc tournament, 2 teams which are always get overblowned out of proportions are simply pak and sl. neither of these 2 teams have won any major odi tournament in the past decade or so. And the world cup we are talking about is still some 1.5 years ahead for them to declare their teams as favourites. And pak should better dream about posting a total above 200 first in an odi, then talk big about winning the world cup.

  • POSTED BY rajesh_singhSTM on | July 30, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    1992 Worldcup winners Pakistan were lucky ( based on their performance of 6 losses in league matches to SA, India, WI ) to be even in finals due to the rain rule .Rain deprived England of the emphatic victory expected when Pakistan were dismissed for their lowest total in limited-overs internationals, and the smallest by a Test country in the World Cup.This 1 point enabled them to just go ahead of Australia. However the only match they played well and win was finals else their overall tournament performance was miserable and included a 10 wkt loss to WI as well.A lucky innings by Inzi won them the SF and terrific spell by Wasim won them the fina otherwise througout the tournament..

    On other hand South Africa , who should have been worthy winners based on their tournament performance) were cheated by rain when a target on 22 runs in 18 balls was changed to 22 runs in 1 balls after a rain break. If rains had not played havoc it would have been either SA vs Eng or SA vs Australia final

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | July 30, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Group A is the tougher one with Aus Eng & NZ having fast bowlers who do well on bouncy pitches & Sri Lanka will have to fight it out.Only SA in the group B can claim it.What is more important is to produce good pitches to make fair to all teams & when Sri Lanka toured last year the pitches were found to be wanting including the MCG. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY m812 on | July 30, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    The 1992 Worldcup format was all messed up due to rain interferences which eventually helped Pakistan fortunate to scrape a point from the washed-out match against England which appeared to be heading for a heavy English victory (Pak 74 all out, Eng 24/1): eventually they finished one point ahead of Australia with an inferior run-rate.The same rain rule cheated South Africa as well who would have been in finals with England had it not been due to bad luck.South Africa needed 22 runs from 13 balls when rain intervened. After the delay they were left in the situation of requiring 22 runs from one ball in order to progress. Pakistan had been lucky to be in the semi-finals at all: following only one victory in their first five matches, they were also fortunate to scrape a point from the washed-out match against England which appeared to be heading for a heavy English victory (Pak 74 all out, Eng 24/1): eventually they finished one point ahead of Australia with an inferior run-rate.

  • POSTED BY Zsam on | July 30, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Pool format does not allow comebacks by teams like the round robin format, which unsurprisingly led to such a team eventually winning it in 1992. The ODI WC must be the pinnacle tournament where the paying public must get to see more quality games which more competition between all higher placed team; that round robin provides, will ensure. Otherwise the top 4 get decided quickly quite often owing to weaker teams and dead rubbers are not only seen b/n weaker teams but even stringer ones. The round robin ensures that the top 4 do not get decided until the last match. This is how it should be that world championship should be put to display.

  • POSTED BY darsh127 on | July 30, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    2 Huge Blunders. Same top teams on either side as the champions trophy and the inclusion of quarter finals. This is so unfair to a team who comes 1st in one group and end up losing on a particular day to the 4th of other group.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Ind Vs. Pak should have been towards the end of the league stage. There wont be any build up for the match. May be they might play against each other in knockouts.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    A nearly 18 months from now, we will have another 50 overs Limited ODI CWC. 14 Teams will fight for supremacy. AUS & NZL are hosting for the second time. WC 1992 was the best format that all we had witnessed so far. 5 nations have luxury of lifting trophy. Being Indian, I would fancy seeing my team should go for 3rd time but it's too early to say. I would like to see them winning only if they show same flair & fearless cricket as of now. Each winner had taste some kind of Luck but there are few unlucky also. One of them who had shown consistent quality cricket & we tag them CHOKERS. Next would be ENG who played hard & defensive cricket but found so far so near. Even being a small nation, NZL had shown really good cricket so far. I would really like to see one of them winning this time. This will be reward for them for showing their excellency till date now. It is from the heart not from the brain.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    This seems to be balanced Pool now, with two arch rivals in each group. Eng-Oz and then Pak-Ind. With the blasting opening between Ind-Pak will give the tournament more energy than anything else.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 30, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    @sachinisawesome, yes yes keep dreaming. As if Bangladesh has an excellent ODI record in Australia. You are totally deluded. It is definitely Aus, NZ, Sri Lanka and England from Group A.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | July 30, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    "The world is coming down, the flags are up, who'se gonna be no. 1, who'se gonna take up the cup"

    Will it be England or will it be Australia? Sub-continent teams will as usual struggle in Australia. Having said that, 1992 champions will begin their campaign by loosing the first match, "for very obvious reasons".

    - A Pak fan

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | July 30, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Wrong format coz it too predictable. After the group stage top three from each group shoud have made it to super six like the ENG99 WC and then they should have played round robin to decide two two finalists or even four semifinalists to make it more exciting.

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi on | July 30, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    One good point Indians will be there in Aus playing test almost they will get used to the condition...hope it will be big advantage to Indians...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    (ODI) India in 1983 than Pakistan in 1992 (T20) India in 2007 than Pakistan in 2009

    (ODI) India in 2011 GUESS WHO in 2015

    92 will be back same place same venue....

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | July 30, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    @H_Z_O, I agree that the tournament is way too long. I also agree that a 12 team competion seems about right with the 10 full members, Ire who from their previous achievments should qualify automatically with 1 associate qualifier. I would also have 2 pools of 6 & a round roboin but I would differ slightly with KO format, I would have a series of playoffs. You could have the top 3 from each pool qualify with the group winners going straight to the semis & the 2/3 teams playing each other in what would effectivly be 2 q/f, this format would involve 35 games and could be played in around 4 - 4.5 weeks. I think the big problem seems to be with the current TV deal which has to have 40 plus matches & limits the amount of days where 2 games can be played, hence the tournament being dragged out for 7 wks. For TV purposes the idea format would probably be to have just the top 8 all play each other in a round robin but this is the WC so we have to have some of the smaller countries involved.

  • POSTED BY bkpkingston on | July 30, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    This format is too long will have too many one-sided games and at least 30 of the 42 group games will be played in front of virtually empty stadia. The ICC have not learned from the debacle of the WI world cup. This is 2 weeks longer than the football world cup and that had 32 teams. The recent champions trophy showed that a tournament where most of the group games are important makes for an exciting tournament. The format also means that the minnows will have little chance of progressing into the knock-out stages.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 30, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Dhoni as usual lifting the World Cup for India in 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    3 games in Canberra, seriously?!

    I'm very happy to see the 4 non-major teams there. You need to have the world in the World Cup! Ireland and Afghanistan will be more than competitive, that much is for sure.

    I would like to see 3 pools of five with the top two from each pool going into a super sixes round. That would make for some very good cricket and plenty of it! Still i'm not going to complain as its much better than the proposed 10 team format from earlier.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | July 30, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Is it just a coincidence or did ICC plan for Pakistan, India and South Africa to be in the same group again they were in the same group in t20 world cup, champions trophy and now world cup 2015. With Pakistan's amazing fast bowlers and Amir soon to join the team before the 2015 world cup we are going into the world cup with a huge advantage in the bowling department. Its batting that will make a difference for Pakistan. In 1992 they won here as well but they had Miandad, Inzamam and a great all rounder Imran Khan. Pakistan need to give their young players a chance to develop so they can bat consistently or if their older players can find some consistency then that is good to. BUt the most worrying thing for Pakistan right now is that Misbah may not be playing in the 2015 world cup.

  • POSTED BY alischeme on | July 30, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    @ K.Nagarajan I admire your confidence in MSD.....wouldn't take anything away from him.....and yes he's known for winning big tournaments.....but this is cricket....ANYTHING can happen

  • POSTED BY Gyanaranjan on | July 30, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    At any condition still India will be favorite.As Team India prove it in champions trophy.But it all depends upon the team combination at that moment.But for me Pakistan still favorite in bowling in 2015 WC.I will be happy if any Asian country lift the WC again in overseas.Thanks.

  • POSTED BY RD36 on | July 30, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    1992 format was the best, but may not be possible with 12 teams. But having quarterfinals with 12 teams just takes the sheen away from the World Cup. The big 8 will likely qualify, rendering the group stage an academic exercise which will only decide the Q/F lineup. Real deal would have been to go straight for semis after the group stage, wherein every group match would have had a relevance, and the adrenaline running high tournament long. That way, consistency of performance in group phase would have had some meaning. Now, a team which beats only the minnows and qualifies, would have the same chance as the group topper. In a long tournament like World Cup, it all boils down to the performance from Q/F onwards, not fair.....

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | July 30, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Hope ICC will not import pitches from India for Indian matches like they did in CT 2013

  • POSTED BY HaseebF786 on | July 30, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    I personally feel that the Aussies shouldn't be underestimated in this cup, as they possess great power at home. But again, anyone including Ireland can win this cup because even the narrowest losses will affect a team.

  • POSTED BY asim229 on | July 30, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Not a good format at all. Having a quarter final when there are only 8 good cricket teams in the world doesn't make any sense because they automatically qualify for the quarter final and that makes the group stages meaningless. I think 1992 format was the best format when each team played each other once to qualify for the semis. The people who make the schedule for the icc tourmanets have no cricketing sense and should be sacked.I think top 8 teams should play each other once in group stages and the top two teams should play the best of three final to decide the real winner and there should be no quarter or semifinal.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Magnesium on (July 30, 2013, 12:58 GMT) Blade-Runner on (July 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

    Why are you losing hopes for SL? CWC is 1 & 1/2 years from now. IND is not in your group and there is no chance to have IND-SL in league stage. They can meet at knock out stages. Bangladesh have no experience of playing down under though they have good recent record against you. Definitely Sanga, Dilli & Mahela will play in WC 2015.....and your team has good chances. Don't pick your favorable selection of IND.

  • POSTED BY Harry-S on | July 30, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    1992 was a good tournament but sadly it will be remembered for Pakistan's cheating and ball tampering. Look at those two wickets in successive balls Wasim took in the final. I believe for this reason Pakistan should be stripped of their 1992 title.

  • POSTED BY K.Nagarajan on | July 30, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    India will get another championship 2015 world cup. Other teams please don't even think about any championships until MSD get retired from Indian Team.

  • POSTED BY Devsonu on | July 30, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I can see Dhoni picking up the World Cup 2015 from now on... India will go unbeaten....... Jai India Jai Bharat

  • POSTED BY a1234s on | July 30, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    oh this brings back so many memories..Border's cracking slingshot throw to get Azhar ..jadeja's catch to dismiss Border... matches used to start really early here in India...looking forward to that all over again... brilliant!!!

  • POSTED BY Mr-Sharma on | July 30, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Pool A-SL,AUS,ENG,NZ

    Pool B-SA,PAK,WI,ZIM

    Semis-SL,AUS,PAK,SA

    Finals-SL,SA

    Winners-SL

  • POSTED BY SS_JJ on | July 30, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I am delighted to hear that the World Cup will be returning to New Zealand and Australia. The way both countries organized the World Cup in 1992 was amazing. New Zealand will be a big threat to any team in its home ground. If you remember New Zealand were unbeaten in any game in World Cup 1992 except Semi-Final when Inzamam Ul Haq played an outstanding inning and ended the dream of New Zealand. I doubt Misbah will be in the team by 2015.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    With the combination SL got no matter which side comes though to the final SL will beat them....Malinga, MATHEWS, Mendis and Kule will handle the bowling with the surprise packege of Akila Dananjaya..while sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Kusal will take the batting ...After all it's a competition which every team fights for a place in the final against SL..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    @KrikIndFan I don't think Indians are starting as favourites given their form in Australia they were kicked out of the recent tri nation series against SL and Aus in there. But one exception though if Aussie pitches played like flat England ones we recently experienced in CT then India has great chance of doing a damage and entering into semis or even finals. But in swinging pitches only bowler they have is Bhuvi and they need experience guys to adapt to green pitches rather than youngsters. they can fall quickly but you can always count on Dhoni. Anyway that's my idea of the tournament good luck to India.

  • POSTED BY Scrop on | July 30, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    @Magnesium - Its too early to select an XI, Still 1.5 Years left.

    Sehwag (if he is in form, not just as a fear factor) Gambhir (Needs to get his act against moving ball - no more slip catching) Pujara / Tiwarys/ K. Sharma - Need to proof they are good and be in form

    How can you leave Virat Kohli and Ashwin ?

  • POSTED BY naudurivsm on | July 30, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Good Job ICC !!. You ensured that the revenue stream is ON until 'at least' the Quarter/ Semi finals. This is evident with with the groupings. and then by having all India matches D/N. This is a very sensible move. But this could have been much better had there a chance of an IND vs PAK either in a QF or SF match, which would been the blockbuster of the tournament in all respects. This is not going to happen now. however there is slight chance of that happening in the Final. Time will tell .......

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | July 30, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    The '92 WC was easily the best WC in the history of it. Yes the setting was brilliant and the hosts down under really knew the business of hosting BUT to my mind what made it stand out from all WC's since was the FORMAT- Round Robin, every team play ever other team. They have not tried this since and quite frankly moist WC's have been a total waste of time for much of the tournament. This time they promised us the old round robin format for a while till the ICC succumbed to totally disproportionate pressure to wreck this one before it begins once more. Whatever the virtues SA v Holland, or Scotland v Australia etc they are predictable dull matches without a point. Everything screamed: 'Get rid of the minnows. Lets have a proper contest and then see who wins it.'. But no the orgqanisers have sold out again to a tedious meandering pointless tournament with no momentum. Bring back the Champions Trophy. At least we have no minnows there. ICC must save this one NOW!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    india would not even reach to quarterfinal ..new Zealand gona win first world cup...hurrrr

  • POSTED BY MichealT on | July 30, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Pakistan has the bowling to bowl anyone out on Australian wickets. With Aamir back before 2015 and Junaid, Irfan and Wahab plus Ajmal and Co they can realy challange any side. Also they have very good young stroke makers and Misbah. They can be tough to beat. India, Eng and Australia are the other potential Winners. West Indies could be a surprise package. South Africa might be #1 but in competitive matches they are chokers.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | July 30, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Who was in 2007 ---- Sri lanka Who was in 2011---- Sri lanka..

    Who will be there in 2015 ----

    No matter who came other side , Sri lanka will be there in the finales :) ...

    This time it is not the time to let go.... twice is enuf !! Sri Lanka is going to get it home again.....This time opponent does not count we will just take it....

    PS:- Countries BD sud be avoided playing WC if they donot play enuf matches .

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | July 30, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    49 matches is ridiculously long. They should have looked at the World T20 in 2012, a tournament where there was plenty of cricket, which is what you want (an overly short tournament is no fun either) but not too much. 27 matches, almost half.

    I also think 14 teams is way too many. I understand the desire to get the minnows more involved, and it's a good thing, but three qualifiers is too many. With Ireland, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe already in the tournament, there's arguably going to be six "weak" teams out of a tournament of 14. And yes, I know those sides can cause upsets (I'm an England fan; we've been on the end of most of those upsets), but in the end none of them are going to win the tournament.

    Going with one qualifier would have meant 12 teams, and you either could adopt a similar structure to the World T20 (so 27 matches) or two groups of 6 and straight to the quarter finals (meaning 37 matches) like the 1996 World Cup, which lasted just over a month. 7 weeks is too long.

  • POSTED BY Eclipse0990 on | July 30, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    @Blade-runner...You're wrong mate...How do you know WC2015 will in an unchartered territory for India? :o Well we(speaking on behalf of all the indians ) will make sure that the pitches for Indian matches are imported from India. Does that answer your doubts about India not winning? LOL.. ;) Anyway. Sarcasm aside, I think every team has a good chance of winning the world cup 2015. Australia the most..They're good in ODIs and it'll be on their turf. India...50-50 chances. England could do good with Pietersen, Trot, Bell and Root..Same with other teams. Not going into the details here. But the bottom line is that whoever raises their game and seizes the moments will come out as the champion. And I would like to say one more thing. A victory can be huge but insignificant. The significance is what makes the victory better. Thats why Indian team is better now. Because they take their chances and they grab the crucial moments. Who knows which team It'll be in 2015. Good luck to all. :)

  • POSTED BY Falew on | July 30, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    My 2015wc Indian team

    [1]Gambhir[2]Sehwag[3]Pujara[4]Manoj Tiwary[5]Jadeja[6]Surabh Tiwary[7]Dhoni[8]Karan Sharma[9]Shami Ahmed[10]Umesh Yadav[11]Ishanth Sharma

    This is a well balanced side.We can't select too young side or too old side.This is a combination of old+young.Players like Gambhir and Sehwag are vastly experienced players.And Pujara+Manoj are the solidity of middle order.Jadeja,Surabh and Dhoni can finish the innings.Karan Sharma is a well talented bowler with some mystery.He can be nightmare for other countries.And well balanced pace attack.Shami Ahmed-Swing the ball both ways with good line and lenghth,Yadav-Fastest and skidder,Ishanth-Hit the deck hard with more bounce than others.Perfect side.Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY Kays789 on | July 30, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    ICC champions trophy 2013 was outstanding?? that needs a bit more clarification I believe, Mr. Richardson. A lot of teams with an equal chance at the cup this time, although I highly doubt the previous cup holders will go past the first round considering they won't be playing at home.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Don't Even think that India or Pakistan will play final cuz they can't win Wcl in Australia and this Wc is for Aussii they will win the Wc

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    India is placed in a better position to reach the knock out stage when compared t Sri Lanka, anew Zealand, Australia. and England since they have to fight to reach the summit

  • POSTED BY KrikIndFan on | July 30, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    @Amila Kasun Rajapaksha, Although I do agree on one point with you about Grp A being stronger, you mentioned all big teams being stronger except for India, who currently are the no.1 ODI team, with world cup records 2 titles, one time runners up, twice finished in third place. Total of 39 matches won. Jealous, are we :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    I think they need to change the format. Instead of having quarter finals, they should have something like IPL playoffs. So after the first round, still 4 top teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs, but the winner of the match between the top two teams in a group will go straight to the semi final, while the winner of the match between 3rd and 4th team will have to play another match with the loser of the match between the top two teams to decide the second team from that group to enter the semi finals. At least in this way, the first round would be more interesting.

  • POSTED BY Islamic on | July 30, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I think the previous format of 92' world cup was much much better. You can get all excitement and no boring matches. Looking at all the previous world cups i would say 1992 world cup was hosted perfectly!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I see South Africa in the Finals for sure provided they have dale stein, hasim amla, kallis and ab de villiers. India might have been flat track bullies in the past but are a totally different side now, delivering consistently irrespective of the pitch conditions. One or two losses do not change the confidence of a team. Chances look quite bright for England too ! The rest of the teams are just pebbles to fill the road. 2015 is a long path though !

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 30, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    I think both groups are tough. If Group A has NZ AUS, ENG, and even Bangladesh who has some very good players then Group B has India, SA, Pak, WI and even Ireland and Zim who are good teams. I think from Group A NZ,ENG,Aus, and Bangladesh will qualify for the next round easily. And from Group B India SA PAK and WI will qualify. Then best eight teams will play the Quater finals and the real tournament will began as minnows will be out by then. But I feel their should be a qualifying process before the WC for all the teams. Some of the teams who got free pass to the WC will not even be there. Anyway Best of luck to all the teams.

  • POSTED BY A__J on | July 30, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Quarter Finalists: A: England, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand B: South Africa, Paksitan, India, West Indies.

    Semi Finals: England, India, Pakistan, South Africa Finals: India- Pakistan

    Winners: Who can say?

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | July 30, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Directly go 4 a SEMI Final after group stage... no need any QUATER FINAL...

  • POSTED BY Paracha420 on | July 30, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Can Pakistan replicate the 1992 world cup truimph??

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Afghanistan will promote to next stage inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    :O Oh this is gonna be SO GOOD!!! :D

  • POSTED BY naresh.partani on | July 30, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    For me the world cup really starts on March 18th with the quarterfinals. I wish they had opted for the '92 World Cup format where all the top teams played each other in round-robin with top 4 advancing to the semi-finals. ICC should realize that this format of the world cup is too long with so many one-sided matches and can become really tedious for the fans. There is nothing worng in having just the top 8 teams in the world cup. This is a premier tournament and getting a place in it shouldn't be easy for anybody. If they want to stick to this 7 team format in two groups, then I think they should go back to the super six format used in '99 and '03 to make it a little more exciting and unpredictable for the fans.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Group A seems lot more tougher than the B with both the co-host in that pool and also record and the support of SL getting in Australia I think winner will come out from group A and mind you England can't put a side too.

    Group B South Africans could be the favourites but given their form against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka little bit tough to decide but SA are always favourites in green top swinging pitches with their spearhead bowling intact. Pakistan is next in line they can upset any kind of team and they have one of best pace attacks right now.

    Also minnows can do some damage expect some unpredictable turnarounds. Hopefully this WC will be an entertainer.

    Fovourites --> Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand/Australia, Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Four Test's in 2014-15? Which city misses out??

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | July 30, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Although i'm glad some of the so called minnows teams have been included, I just think a 7 week tournament is far too long. I know there is an agreement in place for a certain number of games for tv but this would work so much better if they could find a format which could be played in 4 - 5 weeks. You generally have an idea of who the last 4 will be within the first couple of group matches so to then have to wait a month before they play each other in a meaningful KO match seems ridicoulous.

  • POSTED BY ShoaibPatel on | July 30, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Just now checked the calender for feb 15 2015 and yes its Sunday ..!!! India will take on Pakistan...:D Super exited for this match..!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    World cup will have equal competition among all the top 8 teams, New Zealand although a low rank team but they perform better in world cup events, and at their home soil, much will be expected from them, West Indies need to play as collective unit to challenge high rank teams, Australia cant be said as favorites this time considering their current form, Pakistan is the team to watch out for, India is a good unit this time, need to carry their form till the world cup final,Srilanka is equally good as other teams, South Africa is not a consistent performer, England are surely favorites for me this time, they have good unit of bowlers and batsmen, and Conditions in Australia & New Zealand will favor them, for me, England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand & Srilanka are favourites

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Good lord..have they just copied & pasted Champions trophy groups?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Quarter Finalists A: England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand Quarter Finalists B: Pakistan, India, South Africa, West Indies

    Semi Finalists: England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa Finalist: Pakistan, England Winner: Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Shubham18 on | July 30, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    I think top 3 teams from each group should qualify for quarter-finals insead of 4. And the next best team with most points should qualify along with them. So we have 7 teams for the elimating round. Top 3 from each group play each other in quarters to give us our 3 semi-finalists. The 7th team will play the loser of the quarter-final match (between the group topper of both group) for a semifinal place. So, it would give the team topping the group another chance and hence give a meaning to all these 42 group matches.

    It would make sure that top teams play their best XI even against minnows and also they would need to win atleast a match against a top team to qualify.

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | July 30, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    not happy with the group system , 10 teams facing each other in round robin would have been more intresting & competitive with just top 4 making semis . ALlowing 8 teams into the knockout just reduces the group matches significance sincce most top teams would have a easy run anyway .

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    It's time to change the destiny..Sri Lanka champions...

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | July 30, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    if india is half as good as they are now, then it will be a cake walk for them. they are number 1 side in the world with big margin for a reason. best youth and better captain in ms dhoni. i just want close indian matches not one sided indian wins that we all cricket lover witnessed in ct2013 where india won the tournament with a canter.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Great work done by Management staff whole held the world cup event in New Zealand and Australia .

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | July 30, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Another World Cup on the cards ... At the moment South Africa are by no means favorites, neither Australia ... England, India, Sri Lanka and maybe Pakistan ... but then 2 years is a long time ... Remember, in past world cups Ireland, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have all beaten more fancied opposition ... South Africa lost to Zimbabwe in 1999 and hence the chance to lift the trophy ... South Africa lost to Bangladesh in 2007 ... both times South Africa played Australia ... History says South Africa ended both times out of the competition ... The last time Australia hosted the WC in 1992 ... South Africa were dumped out by rain ... to England ...

  • POSTED BY cricketlover80 on | July 30, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    this is the same group as in champions trophy

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | July 30, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    regarding the group photo for the ICC World Cup, there's something not quite right about Sanath Jayasuriya and the microphone.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    wow wow wow! Zimbabwe, ireland , west Indies and a minnow! that means we've qualified for the quarters very easily! gr8

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    world cup in AUS is great always... in india we can wake up early in the morning just to watch these matches and india facing pakisthan in league matches is slightly disappointing, as we wont be having the joy of these two good teams fighting in the elimination matches but its still good.. one cant predict the winner of this particular series, aus will have good wickets for sure, but i will put my money on SA, ENG, INDIA, NEWZ respectively..ofcourse i would be happy if india wins

    as for as india is concerned it will be having good exposure to these conditions as they have high profile series coming in SA, NEWZ, ENG, AUS, all these pitches will somewhat same and that may help, that may be bane also for them

    my team would be dhawan, pujara, kohli,dinesh karthik, raina, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, bhuvi, ishant and another pacer yet to find along with irfan pathan ( as fast bowling alrounder ) , umesh yadhav ( in case he finds some form by then ) rahane, rohit , mishra, unadkat, mohit sharma

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    i think the 92 format was the best wete all teams play each other and the top 4 have a semi final.

  • POSTED BY cric_follower on | July 30, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    World cups are exciting. But this format is really shortchanging the very loyal fans of the game at the expense of politics. A slightly closer look will tell us that it is very easy to guess who the top 4 teams from each group will be. Do people really expect Ireland and Zimbabwe to pose a challenge to any of the top 8 teams. Essentially only one game will decide the fate to enter the semi finals. Why not use T20 to popularize the game and leave the more serious format for the serious fans.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    can any one tell why india is in 3rd position it should be in no1 bcos we r world champs and no 1 in ranking

  • POSTED BY kushagraagrawal on | July 30, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Why is India seeded at number 3?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    This format is ridiculous. A team can lose all its games in the group matches, just beat the minnows and qualify for the quarters.

    The Super 6 format was fantastic. Moreso because teams carried points to the next round so that made every game important, unlike the current format.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Pakistan along wd India, once again, really it'll be fun to watch these arch rivals in world cup match once again, after Afridi XI lost to India in semi in 2011. On another side, England wd Aussies, another interesting combo.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Would love to see AFGHANISTAN in Aussies group and playing Auss at MCG, probably could upset couple of teams. This WC is WOW!!!

  • POSTED BY ptantanu on | July 30, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Here is to hoping we will not see another India/SL match!

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | July 30, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    history will repeat itself and Pakistan will once again triumph in mCG

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    i just cant undrstand the need of quaterfinals. It will eventually will put most of the group matches as formalities. Knowing There are only 8 big teams in cricket world Quaterfinals are just not required. Team shold have been ask to fight for the semi final spot directly

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Everything is fine except the shuffling of teams. Its the same as Champions Trophy 2013. WI, SA, IND & PAK on one side and ENG, AUS, NZL and SL the other side. Quite Booring to watch the face offs again in an ICC event.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    There could be another match in the fixture as well like the Soccer World Cup - and that could be taken place between the losers of the semis for the 3rd Spot on 28th of March either in Australia or in New Zealand! ... and surely, that will make the count exactly 50 of overall arrangement of matches in 2015 World Cup! I'm still hardly able to find the reason - why the organizers do not intend to go for spotting the 3rd spot in the biggest festival of cricket. and yes, the match between the arch rivals Pakistan and India could have been staged before a big capacity instead of Adelaide where is capacity around 15-hundreds in number. Finally, as proud to be a Bangladeshi, i wish for the best of my country. I believe, the south-Asian country has a strong possibility in getting chance to play semi with their best possible efforts and have an ability to show the world that they can fight and can beat the bigger-names not only with a slogan of upsetting but also with a strong ability. Yes!

  • POSTED BY sportsfavourite on | July 30, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Tournament on single league in 1992 at Australia / Newzealand is the best in format, I request you to ICC to review it's decision once again as every team will play each other. Single league format is the best

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 30, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @a4abhik on (July 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT) Inconsistent for sure. Pak have the capabilities of beating India but may also be the most vulnerable to a shock result. Thought the hilarious confusion when Ajmal and Akmal went for the same catch the other day vs WI sums up perfectly what can happen when things go wrong for the side

  • POSTED BY Sharib1985 on | July 30, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    92 is still refreshed in the memories, probably the best World Cup thus far. Hope to see something similar in 2015. The best thing is that the teams are very much well-matched than ever before... hope for exciting times, hope for an exciting World cup. Still a long way away though, but Australia 2015 surely promises to be a memorable event!

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Best Indian XI for WC 2015 : Sehwag / Parthiv Patel/ Murali Vijay / Robin Uthappa / Kohli / Dinesh Karthik / Dhoni / Raina/ Dinda / Umesh Jadav/ Piyush Chawla.

    Sehwag n Patel can give an aggressive start to the innings n the likes of Uthappa, Kohli, Vijay n DK can build the innings, at the end Dhoni can finish it off. Dinda n Jadav can lead the pace attack n look very threatening too. They have the power to bounce out any opposition. And Piyush Chawla can lead the spin attack with support of Raina n Sehwag. This is a winning combination.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 30, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    The groups look strangely unbalanced to me. Group B is, on current form, apparently far tougher. Interesting!

  • POSTED BY Sharib1985 on | July 30, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Hope Afghanistan as one of the qualifiers!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    It was 1992's world cup which had colored kits with white ball for the first time, It was such a mesmerizing event that even if you watch highlights of those matches u really get rejuvenated. Freshness, colors, lush green outfields, serenity & top class commentators and yeah world cup theme song everything was just of apex quality. i have hardly seen that kind of enigma & magnetism which we witnessed 22 years ago. Hope we shall have same level of experience around Australia & Newzeland. well you can not perform projection analysis basing upon current performances of players & teams to 2015 quite easily, lots of time left, new faces will be introduced, few will get retire as well :) Many Ups & Down :) But Extremely glad to even think about cricket being played in Australian Grounds :) We will surely miss (late) Tony Greig....!

  • POSTED BY John-Price on | July 30, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @Ashik Inran - "thanks to ICC for making the world cup interesting by giving opportunities to the associate teams."

    A noble sentiment but hopelessly misguided, indeed the opposite of the truth. The presence of Associate teams has reduced successive world cups to an overlong, tedious bore. Far too much time is spent on staging one-sided games whose sole purpose is getting rid of six teams (and we all know already who they will be) with the result that the whole process takes over six weeks - three times longer than the Olympic Games.

    No amount of goodwill and optimism can disguise the fact that countries who do not have a professional structure cannot compete with countries who do.

  • POSTED BY gnshkini on | July 30, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    I guess england have the advantage given their current form. You should have a good pace attack in these conditions. If SA doesnt choke out i think they too have a good chance. Australia does not have the team to win a worldcup. India need to strengthen their bowling. The recent memories are not good where they lost 4-0 in the tests and failed in the one-dayers as well. Pak WI NZ SL do not have in them to win a worldcup given the way they are playing right now. End India SA are favourites unless bangladesh and Ireland do not have different plans this worldcup!!!

  • POSTED BY havensfall on | July 30, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Qualifier 1 is Ireland who is already in Pool B

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Pak will win WC 2015 . . . In Shaa Allah

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    This world cup may become more interesting. I hope top teams do not screw up again against lower ranked nations. If Bangladesh could offer more competition it will show growth in cricket.

  • POSTED BY a4abhik on | July 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @JG2704, You are right. But still inconsistent very much, isn't it? You seen recent performances, incl. CT. Hopefully they build up their young squad from now on.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    But the teams splitup could have been made different. It's almost same like Champions trophy. IND,SA,WI,PAK(GRP B) and ENG,AUS,NZ,SL (Grp A) . May be the teams could have been shuffled. But who cares ? :) . World's best WACA could have been given a semifinal instead of SCG.

  • POSTED BY Daredevils on | July 30, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    What are the rankings that are displayed alongside the names of the teams? They are of course not the current rankings. So on what basis were the groups formed, because to me they are very unbalanced. Ind, Pak, SA are very strong teams in that format. Even WI have a very capable squad. On the other hand, the other group has only Eng which would be considered strong considering the current form and the playing conditions. So not sure why such unbalanced groups were formed.

    Also, I know it will create logistical issues, but shouldn't the groups be formed much later? There is still two years to the tournament, it is entirely possible that all teams of a particular group become very weak by then. It would render a very unbalanced group.

    Having said that, really happy that the WC is being played in Aus-NZ. My first clear memories of a WC are those of the 92 WC.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | July 30, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Group A is relatively tougher. Eng,Aus/SL, SA and Pak will qualify for the Semis.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | July 30, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Have to agree that the tournament is too long at 6.5 weeks and 49 matches. A league system would also have been my preference but, if the ICC insist on having quarter finals why not 4 groups of 4? Another two qualifers wouldn't hurt, and might boost the game in those countries? Moreover, we would be able to complete the tournament inside a month.

    The reduction in matches would almost certainly mean a reduction in TV revenue but a shorter tournament would focus the interest.

  • POSTED BY RakarthIX on | July 30, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Qualifier 1 was Ireland as they have already done enough to qualify

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Pakistan will win the world cup once again at mcg, History will repeat insha Allah.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    India team for wc 2015-viru dhawan gambir virat yovi msd sir jadega aswin b kumar z khan i sharma u yadab i pahtan s raina a mishra

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    As per the current ICC rating for one dayers , India is No : 1 . But they are seeded as No : 3 . Can somebody explain how the teams have been seeded .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Ridiculous to have ind vs pak played in Adelaide where capacity is below 15000. This shows CAB thinking. Could have given a bigger venue like mcc

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Pakistan would strongest if their playing eleven is :- 1. Hafeez 2.Jamshed 3.Shoaib malik 4.Umar Akmal 5.Kamran Akmal 6.Misbah 7.Afridi 8.Razzaq 9.Ajmal 10.Amir 11.Irfan 12.Sami 13.Ahmed 14.Umar gul 15.Imran farhat or Umar Amin

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    InnshaAllah Pakistan will win.

  • POSTED BY LongLiveTestCricket on | July 30, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Well it is kind of nostalgic for me as World Cup 92 is the most cherished childhoood memory I have that multiplied my interest in cricket. First time colored clothing, day-night games in WC, huge grounds in AUS, excellent round robin format for 9 teams meaning many great matchups, South Africa's rentry into major cricket tournaments, New Zealand's sensational form in the league matches, and many more such elements i can go through that made it a spectacle. The completeness and excitement of that tournament can never be matched again but its great that World Cup comes back to AUS & NZ, who haven't held any major ICC ODI/T20 tournament in the last 21 years for whatever reasons. I too believe the league would have been better off with Super Sixes than QFs as the 4 qualifying teams can be guessed already and its just the order to be decided by group play.Brings back memory of 1996 when SA won all league games & topped the group and then lost just one game to 4th placed WI to bow out.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    The Best squad for Indid would be :-

    1) Shikhar Dhawan 2)Robin Uthappa 3)Virat kohli 4)Yuvaraj Singh 5)Suresh Raina 6)Ms Dhoni 7)Ravi Jadeja 8)Ashwin 9)Bhuvanesh kumar 10)Ishant Sharma 11)Zaheer Khan Subs:- 12)Virendar sehwag 13)Unandkat 14)Gautam Gambhir 15)Praveen Kumar or Irfan pathan

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | July 30, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    I wish SA does well. It is in Australia their ill luck with ICC events began, it will fitting if it ends there. But then again as an India fan nothing will be more awesome to me than seeing India successfully defend the title!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    wish ICC could use some creative ideas for the knock out stages...nobody wants the best team in the round robin to loose out in the Q/F / S/F because of one bad day in the office...

  • POSTED BY jahathesh on | July 30, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    I could see Qualifiers 2 to 4. But where is Qualifier 1?

  • POSTED BY PaKi-WiNg on | July 30, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    wow 1992 world cup was one of the best ...we have 2 years ..i think india have strong chance once again followed by england & south africa and sri lanka....well i hope pakistan plays to their full potential...they have alot of talent but it need some serious grooming...or if they can get thier hands on some good raw talent ..thats only if they do...i mean pcb is ridiculous they are giving odi caps to players that are over 30s...they should learn something from indian team..they are producing excellent batters and spinners and they have whole lot of them...well my dream is to see pakistan and india in finals...that will be something

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 30, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    both the groups are seem balanced. Where as team B have 3 strong teams (IND Pak SA), 3 weak (WI, IRE, ZIM) group A have all 5 almost equally strong in ODIs. Still ICC could have given wild card to good performers in the past like Kenya, and Netherland.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Would the ICC like to tell me HOW NZ gets half the matches????????????????????????????? Yet ANOTHER snub against Australia. There is no logic behind little NZ getting so many matches. A fairer amount would have been one third of the games

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | July 30, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    What is good to see is that 14 Teams and 14 different Venues which is very good because apart from the home teams like New Zealand and Australia, nobody will have that advantage. This World Cup should be very good.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Groups seems to be good... Eng the most stronger team in Group A, Aus @ home condition will be 2nd strongest, SL & NZ @ home conditions will be equally placed next to them.

    As far as Group B is considered SA and India are equally strong. Saying that SA might have a slightly upper hand as the conditions suits them more. Pakistan and WI comes next respectively. Pakistan bowling could be dangerous for other teams where as their batting is still very much vulnerable. WI will beat any team on their day.

    Super 8's could have been much better than quarter final, since it chooses the best out of the out where as quarter final qualifiers are the best on the given day.

    In my opinion SA, Aus, Eng, Ind are the favourites respectively

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | July 30, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    all this noncense about which pool is tougher is a bit of a joke, same was said about the champions trophy and the final was played by teams from opposing pools, truth is these are the top teams in the world, all capable of beating each other on any given day, there is no easy pool! i will say this though, hosting the games in our part of the world might be the only way to stop india at the moment, they are miles ahead of anyone in odi cricket but conditions down here don't suit there game. its a shame auckland has such a horrible cricket stadium for such an important event, the angles and short boundries make it a terrible ground, the sooner they get a purpose built cricket ground the better, playing on a rugby pitch just doesn't work. always thought nelson would make a great test venue, not sure how many people the ground holds for a tournament like this though, hopefully the city gets behind it.

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | July 30, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Its too early to speak about who will be carrying a good form into the tournament in 2015. I don't mind Pakistan winning the World Cup that too with Shahid Afridi's Heroics although they should lose to India ;-) :-). With his All Round Performance Afridi should call it quits from the International Cricket. I am an Indian but a DIE HARD AFRIDI FAN :-)

  • POSTED BY KallisTheGreatest on | July 30, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Don't expect typical bowling friendly conditions here. Since this is an ICC event, pitches will be flat roads like CT2013.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    All a team need do is to scrap its way to 4th position in group stages and then it has the same chance of winning the World Cup as the consistent group leader. This is shameful.

    Super 6 was a better format to motivate teams to perform consistently.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 30, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @a4abhik - Hang on a minute there. Pakistan just did the double in shorter formats over WI in WI. Shambles - seriously?

    @Blade-Runner - your comments have no substance whatsoever. India have been the most consistent ODI side over the last year and were far and away the best side in the CT which they won. Any team can lose in this format and any team can have a bad game and lose heavily but India are currently , rightfully the number one ODI side PS they won CT in England so I think that dispels theories about being found wanting in unchartered territories

    @khiladisher - Sorry , but while India are a great ODI side , I find your comms disrespectful about others chances. All top 8 sides have game changing players in their side

    @landl47 - Surprisingly , I've not noticed any so far

  • POSTED BY pb10677 on | July 30, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Exactly the same format and length as the 2011 world cup. And not far off the same groupings either. Deja-vu.

    6 weeks and 2 days duration - looks like the message just simply isn't getting through to the ICC. Someone needs to hit them with a sledgehammer.

    Bet you they blame the poor old associates too…..saying they only originally wanted 2 of them in the tournament - but now that there's 4, it's lengthened it back out again. Plus Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have barely had any experience playing in Australia at all - I don't think Bangaldesh have ever played at the MCG or SCG. So they're both clearly going to struggle in the conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    A group suitable for Pakistan,I really want Pakistan to repeat history and thrash the Indians in group stage.I think nethersland,scotland and afganhistan/Namibia will make it through.

  • POSTED BY ahilan9999 on | July 30, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Format was better with Super Sixes instead of quarter finals (agree with RSR11). Numerous matches to decide 8 teams for the knockouts that are most likely to be the top 8 teams (except for one team maybe), ICC should have learnt from the last world cup when all quarter finalists were Top 8 teams. World Cup really starts at QF stage wth this format making it a short world cup.

  • POSTED BY KashifTasneem on | July 30, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @Ashik Imran, England and India will be carrying their strong forms? World cup is in 2 years and you are talking about their current forms. Will they be in same form for next 2 year? No one cay say. If world cup had been in next month then you should have said that they will carry their forms but for 2 years does not seem practical.

  • POSTED BY KallisTheGreatest on | July 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Both India & Sri Lanka have very good chance. Both shedule to tour Australia & New Zealand respectively just before the world cup..

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | July 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Same group as Ireland? Bring it on! I see us surprising quite a few other countries in our group as well. Zimbabwe's future looks very bright!

    HMasakadza, Matsikenyeri(c), Taylor(wk), Sibanda(vc), Chigumbura, Solomon Mire, Cephas Zhuwao, SMasakadza, Simon Mugava, Utseya, Vitori. - Our senior batsmen should be at the top of their game. Batting all the way up to number eleven, plus nine decent bowling options at this level, including six who can accurately term themselves allrounders. Led by the mature and sharpest cricket mind in the land, Zimbabwe will finally have a decent captain since Taibu.

    Outside of that group we still have plenty other excellent&loyal talents to pick from, and they would be eager and very much determined to turn out for the country of their birth tomorrow, let alone 2015. Among them Maruma, Kevin Kasuza, Friday Kasteni, Kudzai Sauramba, Chatara, Muzhange, Jarvis, Ncube plus Mushangwe&Mutombodzi(who I fear would still fetch more than our offspinners though).

  • POSTED BY Saqib_Sheraz on | July 30, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    No one can predict that how will Pakistan enter in this competition, as these guys are unpredictable as always. but hope for good. Group B is looking suitable for Pakistan. Good Luck

  • POSTED BY Flash_hard27 on | July 30, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    A six week duration from first game to final, have the ICC learnt nothing? This is too long, even for the most passionate cricket fan. The recent Champions Trophy in England was a huge success because the competition ran for 15 days, that momentum kept everyone excited even when their side was knocked out. There is ample opportunity to cut the duration without cutting the number of games, play 2 a day every day not just on the weekends. Of course this will not happen as that would reduce the revenue from TV and the ICC cares for only 1 thing and it is not cricket.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | July 30, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I believe that team will win the World Cup whose OPENERS, number 3 and 4 are in good form because the bowling will generally be good for all teams due to the conditions.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 30, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @Blade-Runner : All good sides have a glitch here and there, we have thrashed srilanka all over the world over the last 4 or 5 years, and when a team wins the 2011 world cup and 2013 champions trophy which are the high profile one day tournaments and remains no.1 in the rankings then obviously that's the best side in the world in that format, even a kid knows that!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    #akshy nice forcasting, me to expect same from team india

  • POSTED BY Cricdew on | July 30, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @blade-runner...How many days you will continue to sing that Indian defeat ...please give it break ........

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    it is interesting to find out how the draw was done as ideally teams,1,3,5,7,9,11,13 should have been be in one pool and teams 2,4,6,8,10,12,14 in the other.

  • POSTED BY RSR11 on | July 30, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Idea of the Quarter finals is a curse for the cricket & world cup . Hardly a handful teams with ability to be in top 8 , a quarter final stage means that the tournament starts now and the matches before were practice matches. What a wonderful tournament was 1992 where every team got his due share and only the best of best make to the semis & finals ( though Rain rules were there to spoil the parties). No as the tournament is 2 years away take the words of anyone who knows the spelling of cricket that which 8 teams will make it to the quarters . So why this long going tournament without any thrill & excitement Grow up ICC , think for the game instead of accounts . Get rid of these associates & make it all against all . Give us every day full of excitement

  • POSTED BY PatelV on | July 30, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    This is not fair to Brisbane..... Look at schedule. Only 3 matches at Brisbane and all are useless matches....... Feeling sorry for Brisbane Cricket fans......

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | July 30, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    @Otuwa, I didn't called NZ a weaker team. They are much stronger unit with home advantage. However I still feel that group A is a weaker one with SL, Ban, Q3 and Q2 on one side. Group B has all the three strongest team of the competition with Pakistan, SA and West Indies on one side. If you're Indian then let me tell you Ind isn't stronger side when they play in Australian condition. The champion has to be out of group B, it could be either Pak or SA.

  • POSTED BY Akshaygandhi on | July 30, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    this group is same as champions trophy changes only other teams.& i think result will be same....

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | July 30, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    So India is begining its campaign with a win and Pakistan with a loss.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @Blade runner : We never claimed as a young team, and if we have thats because of the average of the ages,not counting 2 individuals in the team, and australia's reign in world cricket is over, you will have to accept it.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Why is Sri Lanka always included in the toughest group while teams like India always get an easy ride in an easier group ? Sri Lanka have to battle it out against both hosts. Imagine the home advantage they have in these games. Doesn't matter how hard it will be, Sri Lanka will cruise into the final.

  • POSTED BY Falew on | July 30, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    That is my SLan team for 2015WC

    [1]Dimuth Karunaratne[2]Kusal Perera[3]Thirimanne[4]Chandimal[5]Mathews[6]Angelo Perera[7]Kapugedara[8]Thisara Perera[9]Sachithra[10]Eranga/Kulasekara[11]Malinga

  • POSTED BY Shekahr_123 on | July 30, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    @Nothingness - It's too early to say who will win the world cup however your analysis of India and SA seems to be completely whet team forms are suggesting over past 1 year. Well it seem you are not following what India did in CT in England and then I West indies, I believe all teams had same opportunity to display their talent with bat/ball…and it was both Indians who got golden Bat/ball…SA looks ugly when they don't have Dale and Kallis ..they have hardly produced any comprehensive performance to indicate their form…India have fearless batters and SA are still finding their combination going right. As far bowling is concerned , agreed we don't have real good bowlers , but the bowling unit is decent enough to win matches like they did in CT and in WI. And with DHONI in place India has the best leader in the world right now. He has already scripted T20 / WC/ CT trophies and many more to follow.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Expecting Nepal to be one of the Qualifiers...!!

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @Ranvinder Sunda ; How come you claim that you are the best ODI side in the world when you lose against SL by massive margins like 161 runs loss in WI ? LOL Nobody can beat you guys when it comes to over-hype your own team. LOL When old blokes like Sehwag ,Gambhir n UV failed, you brought some used-up fellows like DK (28 yrs old) n Dhawan (27 yrs old) back from the dead n call it a young team. LOL The world is laughing at your comical acts. So don't dream about this WC coz its played in AUS , an uncharted territory for you guys. Peace out !

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    group A looks comparatively easy than group B.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Wi needs this team - Kieron Powell Chris Gayle Darren Bravo Marlon Samuels Lendl Simmons Kieron Pollard Andre Russell [Must] Darren Sammy [c] Ravi Rampaul Kemar Roach [Must] Tino Best

    subs - Sunil Narine [ replace with Rampaul if the pitch assists spinners] , Johnson Charles , Dwyane Bravo and Jason Holder.

  • POSTED BY aroop_india on | July 30, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    I don't understand the comments stating pool A is tougher or pool B is tougher..I mean barring a miracle, the 8 quarter finalists are more or less decided...being an Indian, i'm happy with our pool as we will be able to judge our strengths and weaknesses against strong teams like south africa and pakistan before the all important knock out stage....I mean as india is said to be poor in bouncy conditions...then what better way to test ourselves than playing against the superb bowlers from S.A and Pakistan??

  • POSTED BY CricGayan on | July 30, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @reyme dont worry about others predictions.make your own prediction abt your country.

    @ Amila. my brother what if Thisara can open batting with Dilshan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    MCG reminds me of the 1992 WC and the way Imran led the team to the victory. I wish the men in green could repeat the history once again at MCG.

  • POSTED BY shaaf88 on | July 30, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Definitely the cup is for us, INDIA

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | July 30, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @CricGayan, you don`t need to worry about it, because this time they won`t make it to the finals.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    according to my prospective, many legend cricketer may retired after this world cup..cricket won't be classic after 2015

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | July 30, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome,LionsofLanka-Ha ha it's funny to see you called to group A as a weaker one.Evenly child also know group B is the weakest one.NZ and AUS both of them in group A.Do you know a HOME ADVANTAGE???If you're a Indian you must know about it.And England is strong on these kind of surfaces.Bangladesh team also better team than Zimbabwe.With two sub continent teams and inconsistent WI and teams like ZIm and Ireland pool B is the one of the lightest pools ever.If ICC can cross over NZ with WI then we can accept this selections are fair enough.

  • POSTED BY Nothingness on | July 30, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @ khiladisher:

    You are so naive, if you think India is going to win WC 2015. India do not have a batsman who will perform in fast bowling conditions like they used to (Sachin/ Dravid) . They will only win maches if their games are played in pitches that doesn't offer that much to pace bowling. Indian bowling line-up is below par. Bangladesh has a better bowling line-up. Also, India's current star ODI batsman, Kohli only scores against SL/Pak & BAN. I believe that 2015 will finally be SA's rightful year of jubilation.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    @Blade-runner..Why all your cheap shots at India at every oppurtunity?..Just because we are the best odi team in the world and your team are poor please show some respect for the mighty Indians. If you cant show respect and manners then just dont comment at all concerning unstoppable India. Grow up..

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 30, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner If that's correct than how would you explain your team getting dismissed for 96 on a belter in west indies. And how come your team loses all over the world only wins at home and that too against teams which are missing their top players. Please also explain 4-1 loss that your team suffered again us in your own DEN. We made bunny's out of "LIONS". Didn't we?

  • POSTED BY mcsdl on | July 30, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    2 Groups looks like the Champions trophy all over again with the minors in...!

  • POSTED BY spot_on on | July 30, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Will have my tickets for quarters and final.. :)

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Wow..I just noticed that the opening game is btwn Sri Lanka n New Zealand. A grand team has been chosen to open this grand event along with the host.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | July 30, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @Samdahn, At 6 & half weeks the tournament is already 2 weeks too long. To use your format would mean a further 8 matches and add at least another 8 days to this event. Besides they already tried that sort of format in 2007 it was called the super 8 & was a disaster as more than half of the games ended up being dead rubbers.@karl jenaway, your assumption that group B is stronger does not take in to account the conditions. Both co hosts are in group A & will be both difficult to beat on their home patch. Plus we are the best part of 2 yrs away from this event teams who look strong now may not be in such good shape by then and visa versa.

  • POSTED BY I-Like-Cricket on | July 30, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Am I the only one who can see Ireland making it through to the Quarter Finals? If Pakistan or the Windies don't watch themselves they could find themselves going home early. Not that it's likely, however Ireland have managed stranger tasks. All of that being said I'm clearly assuming they'll beat Zimbabwe and the other Associate team to qualify for the tournament.

  • POSTED BY CricGayan on | July 30, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I hope this is not a another chance to be a runners up for Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY PierreCheuk on | July 30, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Of the Associates Ireland are through to the 2015 ICC World Cup. But which Associates will join Ireland? Holland, Afghanistan,Canada, Scotland perhaps? The 2014 CWC qualifying tournament in N Z in January next year will be fascinating. Lets pray NZC/Sky TV/Star Sports and ICC opt to televise these matches in January.Some matches will have massive TV audiences. Nepal v USA for example.It will be refreshing for cricket fans to see these hardworking Associate players instead of the " Big Boys" for a change. Some lesser known Associate teams, the likes of Hong Kong, have some supremely talented young players. Lets have some coverage please.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan I am happy with my team and the venues of 2015 WC. We have a great support out their in Australia infact the best out of all Asian countries. I am sure we will be present in the 29th of March 2015 at MCG ground for the grand finale and hope a SL win to grab the second WC trophy.

    My team for the world cup. 1. Dilshan 2.Kusal/Tharanga 3.Chandimal 4.Sanga 5.Mahela 6.Thisara 7.Mathews 8.Kulasekara 9.Malinga 10.Herath 11.Ajantha Mendis/Sachithra

    I think Chandimal needs to bat at no 3 giving him more exposure to the balls and we can groom him a permenant no 3 position for a long term but we need to start this strategy ASAP so he will be an expirienced no 3 for the WC

    Thisara needs to come infront of Mahela or Sanga depending on the score and the wickets in hand He will be handy if he score 30/40 in the powerplay and has a potential to convert it to a quick century in last few overs too but we need to give him a chance at the top after the 30 th and between 40 th over

  • POSTED BY reyme on | July 30, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    I cant wait to see Bangladesh upset all those Nostradomas fans here who already predicted them to be out before the tournamnet even started!

  • POSTED BY hayjay on | July 30, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Exactly the same groups as the Champions trophy, how exciting..... Not!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Looks Like another Finals for Srilanka in Our Hand!! In Sha ALLAH!! Pakistan to Register their 1st CWC Win Over India in Feb15th!! Waiting...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Very excited for this tournament. Probably the most beautiful place to play World Cup. Best of luck to Team India.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @chapathishot ; The champions trophy was played on typical "Indian type" belters. Its about time you get your head outta your butt. Even in Windies, everytime India played on a lively pitch, they lost. Remember 161 runs loss against Sri Lanka ? For Sure India will make it the semis as they are included in the weaker group. But that will be the end of WC journey for you guys.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | July 30, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    @Ahsan Shamim, I wouldn't too much worried about if Amir would return or not. Irfan, Junaid & Ajmal are doing good in bowling dept. It would be only batting area that we should be concerned of.

  • POSTED BY Paz22 on | July 30, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Come ON ICC!!!!! :( How come there are no Group Stage matches for INDIA held in Sydney , the place with the largest Indian population. Apart from that there is a heavy Pakistan population as well, if IND VS PAK had and should be held in SCG than the crowds would gather. Deeply disappointed.

  • POSTED BY a4abhik on | July 30, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    The fixture looks a bit tailor-made ! How come India is marked as no 3 when their ICC rank is no 1 ? Actually it seems the organizers couldn't risk to keep India and Pakistan in different groups, because presently the Pakistan cricket team is in such shambles that its not guaranteed they will qualify for quarter final, and in that case India-vs-Pakistan match wouldn't have staged which is the most revenue-generating match for ICC.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    World cup in Australia, definitely waiting to see how many loads of runs will made on hard and fast surfaces. NZ will be difficult place to play with wellington one of the windiest place in world. Group B will start with the blast of Ind VS Pak. No one could ask for better start of WC. WooHoo

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | July 30, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Top 4 from Pool A should play one game against each of the top 4 in Pool B. The two teams that top each group - A and B after this round robin should have played out the semis before drawing the finalists

    Introduction of QF takes out the opportunity for the most consistent to progress to finals. There should be only two knock out stages. Semi finals and Finals for a balanced and well contested World Cup

  • POSTED BY robersenarath on | July 30, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Most of the Sri Lankan Matches are scheduled in Sundays, Saturdays. Very Interesting, They are going to be take of Sri Lanka in group stage or Will Sri Lanka needed to find new champ/captain ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Please strip the Caketin of its ODI status and let the Basin host the Wellington games instead!

    The Caketin is an awful ODI venue, it is suited only to T20I's and even then it's debatable. If NZC would see sense and do this, it'd be a much better atmosphere, rather than having the Westpac Stadium looking mostly empty with perhaps 7000 spectators. That many will nearly fill the Basin and make for a much better spectacle!

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | July 30, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Still 1 and half years to go!!! Good luck for all the participants!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    why strongerteams lije pak, , indiaand South Africa are grouped in pool b. while pool a has only england only good team and yet we all know they have mental block at World cups. I can bet right off we will see 3teams from pool b in semis.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | July 30, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner : Yes India won Champions Trophy at Pitches from home and also the Triseries in West Indies is played on specially imported tracks at home.Even they won the 2008 Tri Series in Australia in imported pitches from India and BCCI will do all in its power to play 2015 world cup in imported pitches from India ,have life.LOL The basic thing is that Srilanka as always had escaped with a lighter group

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | July 30, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @Ravi Kiran, In previous ICC events SL were considered as stronger one and NZ weaker. They were in same group to maintain balance among the groups. However by 2015, SL would be without any batting fire (i.e. without so called 3 big guns) and they will be the weakest among all full members. On the other hand NZ is treated a stronger side. So same logic and the NZ group is awarded with one weaker team. Does that make sense?

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 30, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @ PrasPunter Totally agree with you and that certain team will not even qualify after the super 6 though anyway even if they qualify they will lose in semi final or final.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Pakistan and Zimbabwe along with Ireland bring some weight to Pool B. Otherwise It would look so light. South Africa is a weaker odi side n India can't do anything here without their home flat tracks. But SA may excel on Aussies pacy tracks. All the big fish are included in Pool A. wow.. Sri Lanka, Eng, Aus, NZ n Ban are all in pool A.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    With the new format, India and Sri Lanka should very easily make the finals.. South Africa and England are the worst one day teams when it comes to a tournament format.. Windies, Australia and Pakistan with their batsmen the way they are would do well to get past the super 8's or quarterfinal stages.. New Zealand will punch above their weight and knock SA or England out.. Associate nations are there to just add number.. Ireland however good they are will not make it past the group stages even.. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh should probably make 2019 their goal rather than 2015..

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | July 30, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Teams are ranked on the basis of lucky draw.... England is lucky to get to the top ( And why not??? They always win the toss )....Also Ireland is truly unlucky to be at 11th even at a lottery result.... The Unluckiest team in history of Cricket...

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | July 30, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Xcually its better 2 arrange a SUPER 6 Rather than 8 teams quater final..... nd yah, 12 teams world cup is enough

  • POSTED BY calebmatthews99 on | July 30, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Should have had the final at eden park

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    and I think there should be no more auto selection from the next world cup. Even the world champions also should play qualifying rounds. And eagerly waiting to see some new teams in the world cricket arena. We the cricket lovers are waiting enthusiastically to welcome them, as their presence will make it a real great world cup where so called top 8 teams will not participate without any qualifying round and call it a world cup ! Waiting for that day when teams like Italy , Japan, Uganda, Nepal, China will be competing in world cricket and end the arrogance of world cricket where a very few teams get the ever lasting license to play countless matches and the rest of the world is ignored in a shameful manner...

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | July 30, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    the tournament starts only with the quarterfinals. Till then, this format is going to result in boring matches being dished out one after another. Why is ICC so hell-bent to keep someone in good humor ? 3 wins and any average team can claim to have won the WC !!

  • POSTED BY ziazai on | July 30, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    We know, inshAllah Pakistan will repeat the history at MCG.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | July 30, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    the same old boring format of 96 and 2011. Quarter-finalists are decided even before a ball is bowled. Don't see a big challenge here. Why not get back to either Super 6's or the lovely format of all teams playing every other one as with '1992. After 2007, looks like there has always been an attempt to bring a certain team all the way, to keep the corporate interests floating.

  • POSTED BY AlbertPintoGussaHua on | July 30, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Why do the do both the Pools look just like Champions Trophy -- Eng, Aus, SL and NZ in Pool A and SA, Ind, Pak and WI in Pool B?

    Is there some method behind this pool selection?

  • POSTED BY DevWorah on | July 30, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    India's camapign to start by facing Pakistan. Pool B is the group of death. Interesting matches are in store for the fans. It going to be a great World Cup !!

  • POSTED BY jokerbala on | July 30, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    I always love watching matches Down Under on the telly .Love the lush green outfields, lively pitches , good coverage and commentary by channel 9. But ICC has spoiled the tournament this time around with this nonsensical format . We more or less, know the 8 teams that will qualify for the knockouts.Why have the never ending preliminaries? At least have a format like the one in West Indies where there were 4 pools and top 2 pool from each qualified. I guess that wont happen because India and Pakistan bowed out early in that tournament.I know 2011 WC was a success and they want to replicate it , but any International tournament hosted in India will be a success and more over ,India went on to lift the cup last time . You cannot expect that every time . The tournament should be held in such a way that it captures the imagination of the home fans.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    World Cup 2015 final returns to Melbourne

  • POSTED BY jpstar89 on | July 30, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    How the chart was prepared...... India at no 3.... though they are no.1 ranking in ODI'S...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Absolutely thrilled!!!! Watch out MCG I will be there!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    same groups as the champions trophy!

  • POSTED BY austentayshus on | July 30, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Hope that it will be a good tournament.. Finally WC 2015 returns to Australia

    all teams looks evenly matched with their current form. COme on you aussies

    Hope for NZ vs Aus Final that will be treat

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    This time also Sri Lanka will be in the final.. because we are legeneds

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Is it according to ODI rankings..? If yes then how India(No.1) at No.3 & New Zealand ranked behind Bangladesh...?

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | July 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @ CrICkeeet :- Group A is relatively lighter as compared to Group B... Bangladesh and SL are no competitors down under...Just count them out....NZ is unpredictable but still Aus and Eng are clear favorites to the semis.... In Group B, any one can qualify for the semis... SA are chokers.... India don't have bowlers to exploit the bouncy conditions.....Pakistan don't have batsmen but bowlers can make up for them....WI are unpredictable.... So, Watch out for Group B - where all the action will happen...

  • POSTED BY Geeva on | July 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    44 days long is the wc......its tooo long....30 days max...Champions trophy was way beta

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | July 30, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    I very much appreciate the associate nations getting a decent look in to showcase their talents. We can't keep on ignoring them, and imagining they are no good. They hardly ever get to play the better teams and that's been the bane of the game.

    Any schedule will get criticized by someone or the other, just as which pool is stronger or weaker. Let's get on with the game and hope for a fantastic WC! Time to book some tickets!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Group A seems lighter with Australia still struggling to find foorings in any form of Cricket. Also, the idea of last 8 going to knock-out seems be a declared set of countries even before the tournament begins. In order to win the confidence of all partticipating teams, the top four of the first eight teams (India,NewZealand,England,WestIndia,Australia,Pakistan,SouthAfrica and Sri Lakna) and the top four of the rest should enter the knock-out. This will perhaps enthuse the bottom teams to perform better, as also would provide them with a chance to get into the high league of teams.

  • POSTED BY kamalakannan1k on | July 30, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    No predictions please, lot more tournaments to be played around and only during the end year of 2014 we can predict who will be the favourites.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Ireland's presence will make Pool B interesting..... :)

  • POSTED BY ex-Srilankan on | July 30, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    It is hard to predict how the top 8 (excl. Bangladesh) will stand come WC 2015. However, right now, as we saw from the recent Champions Trophy, there is very lilttle between the top 8. Which raises the question, what advantage would winning Pool matches have ? all a team has to do is to win majority of their pool games (including against qualifiers) and they are in the Quarters which is when the real tournament starts. The format for WC2015 does not make every pool game count.

  • POSTED BY fartacc on | July 30, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    oh no, not QUARTER FINALS again!! this is a terrible format. 40 odd matches to just see who plays whom in the quarters from amongst the 8 teams. the 1992 format was the best, they could have taken the top 6 ranked teams + 3 chosen from qualifiers played between the remaining teams. at the very least, they should have had a super sixes format which would have made every match in the first round meaningful! this format is really a disgrace.. the icc proves itself once again to be unimaginative and uninspiring!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    I don't know about everyone else, but I'm just pleased India and Sri Lanka are in different groups. In fact, I would continue to be pleased if they did not play each other till the 2019 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | July 30, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Since Sri Lanka have performed consistently well in Australia in last few years Sri Lanka have an upper hand. Other competitors could be South Africa, Australia, England, India & New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY yoogi on | July 30, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    I think its a mistake to put Aussies and Newzeland in same Pool. Let the host countries have all of their league matches in their country so that the ticket sales is at its best atleast for host country matches. This format is what kills the interest. The qualifiers are almost certain, and the all important matches of best eight teams is just 7 matches. Also topping table has no incentive. We could do with a small league phase and a better play-off like super Six. But then if India, Aus or England is out of super six then revenue takes a hit.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | July 30, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    It is just rubbish that England and SA are seeded above India. India being a world's #1 ODI side, how they could seed them at #3? I'm sure ICC would have made some crap logic to make England #1 like they did in T20 rankings.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | July 30, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    So New Zeland is seeded NINTH for the event? How does that work?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    @john If you have forgotten the same Australian team led by your Michael Clarke lost 4-0 in India. Both pools are simila, not much difference as Ireland can create upsets just like Bangladesh. @redneck Sri Lanka has never hoted a final neither WC Dhaka. But yes NZ can host a ICC tournament like CT or T20 WC of its own but I doubt the crowds for matches other than the home team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    The groups are the same as the champions trophy 2013..with the qualifiers added..thats all ..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Australia's problem is that we don't have any test batsmen aside from Clarke. Once we find 5 good batsmen to go with Clarke and get smith at number 8 with his leg spin bowling. We should be going a lot better.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Decision on inclusion of 14 teams in the World Cup 2015 is really an appreciated decision, this gives the associate and affiliated nations a good chance to enjoy themselves as well, I think the full member nations shouldn't be jealous to decrease the number of teams. Should 10 full members all the time enjoy themselves and ignore the others? So we hope ICC will give chance to associate and affiliate nations a chance in the future as well to expose and show their talent, and also to enjoy themselves, as there is a big thirst of seeing their teams playing the world cups. I am sure Afghanistan and Ireland can cause upset for many of the full member teams specially Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, New Zealand..............

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Even Australia is venue fr 2015WC, it will win by INDIA only :)

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | July 30, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    This World Cup format is not good; the top 8 will go through to QF and then you have just a knock out. Why play 42 meaningless matches to come up with the top 8? And then a rapid fire knock out by playing just 7 matches 4 QF,2 semis and a Final. Rather the World Cup should be played by just the top 8 teams and follow a format similar to IPL with just one change namely each team should face the other team just once, instead of two in IPL. Then you come up with the top 4 followed by the eliminator to give the top 2 teams an extra bite at the cherry. Instead of 49 matches, you just play 31 but with much superior quality, intent and interest. Even if you have the top 9 competing instead of top 8 teams, the total number of matches will still be only 8 more or 39 matches.

  • POSTED BY svenkat02 on | July 30, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    I do see India winning their 2nd World Cup in a row! You should catch India short by having a smaller pool and thereby lesser games. You give India more games to get set, and they will romp home. When you have a captain like Dhoni and the team around him, they will handle knockout games better than probably anyone else.

    I do see India at that final in MCG. Not being an optimistic Indian fan; rather for a first time, a very confident Indian fan about our prospects. Keep Sandip Patil and his team as selectors till this showpiece event, and I would be even more confident.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    India would be the favourites if it reaches the 2015 world cup with atleast 7 members of the current squad dhawan.pujara,pkumar,sharma.kohli.raina.karthik.dhoni(c).jadeja.bkumar.ashwin.yadav.Isharma,uchand,amishra -

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 30, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I'm writing this before any comments have been published, but I'll make a prediction: there will be a whole lot of comments complaining that one group is much stronger than the other.

    I could, of course, say which country's supporters will be doing most of the complaining, but I'll leave that up in de air.

  • POSTED BY soumyasrp on | July 30, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    a easy group for india,inresting to see with pak.hope for a good tournament in aus & nz.they have make good picth for bussiness.byy....

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    After 2007 CWC failure was held in West Indies, ICC is working hard to meet the fans expectations, new experiences and of course the most important part i.e. to get a lot of money from the venues. WI for sure is not a place where any of the cricket board can get profitable amount. 2011 ICC CWC in India, Super Successful and now in 2015 in Aus-NZ, also after successful Champions trophy tournament in England and Wales, ICC thought once again to continue and to go ahead with Champions Trophy but later they did not. 2019 CWC in England again and 2023 back to India. India, England, Aus, South Africa are the Venues where people have the sense of cricket and they have actually time to see 50 Over Match. These would also profit making venues for ICC. It would be great to see how Australia and New Zeland can take the home advantage in 2015.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | July 30, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Pool A looks Tighter than Pool B....

  • POSTED BY redneck on | July 30, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    australia and new zealand should both be able to host a world cup on their own. seriously we have 7-8 countries in total that can host this event why does there need to be co hosts??? new zealand along with zimbabwe are the only 2 test nations to never host an icc final!!!!! zimbabwe have neither the infrustructure or money. NZ deserve a whole tourniment to themselves. that would also give adelaide or brisbane a chance to host a semi, which i think is deserved. also is christchurch able to host their matches or will they loose them last minute like they did in the rugby world cup?

  • POSTED BY nuekboi on | July 30, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Ireland is the 1st associate to qualify.

    I'm assuming Afghanistan and Netherlands are soon to follow

  • POSTED BY Naked_Cricket on | July 30, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Best Ever World Cup held in Sri Lanka, T20 WC in 2012. Really awesome tournament. Very colorful. Nice weather. Great crowd. Best place, Pallekele with wonderful enthusiastic and happy people. And top quality matches .

    SO SAD THAT NO WORLD CUP IN HERE FOR NEXT 10 years.

  • POSTED BY Jay_candid on | July 30, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Pool B is the toughest one.. Since Pool A is relatively easier Lanka won't be having any issues to qualify for semis.. Go SL!!! Luck is with us !!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    @naveed khan Michael Clarke is the best man to lead Australia. the reason why Australia are struggling because of the retirement of ponting and hussey. not that long ago Australia defeated india 4-0 in test matches. Clarke batting is superb and he leads from the front. Australia have a better chance of winning world cup than test matches. warner, Watson, finch, bailey, Clarke, voges, cummins, starc, Faulkner and fawad ahmed can lead to world cup glory.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | July 30, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    44 days for a Cricket World Cup ! How short and sweet ! Out of those, the first 35 days will provide the maximum thrills because they will be engaged in the pursuit of eliminating Zimbabwe, Ireland, Bangladesh and 3 Qualifying nations. Why can't they do that in the first 10 days and leave the remaining 8 nations to fight it out in a everybody-plays-the-other league phase as was done in that wonderful tournament in 1992.

  • POSTED BY cricaddict9118 on | July 30, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    India wins Ist set against Pakistan! Result 6-0 Venue Adelaide Oval

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | July 30, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Another tournament with RUBBISH FORMAT. Many meaningless games, and then suddenly knockout with Quarter-finals. ICC has lived up to its promise, of lacking vision, courage and foresight.

    Ideallly (and I am sure many knowledgebase cricket fans and even players) wold agree that the tournament could have been planned something as:

    - 8 Top teams qualify by default - One more team would be identified based on a qualifying stage - All 9 teams play each other (that is why 1992 WC format was the best ever) - Top 4 qualify for semis - Then the two finalists, and then the final

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Why ICC has followed the same groupings as the champions trophy... I understand its for financial reasons.. But except one or two rivalries atleast other teams should have been shuffled .. Two matches that are going to attract people are Ind vs Pak and Aus vs Eng ... Anyways best wishes

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Finally a World Cup in Australia..!! Yay..!! Sick of Indian, Sri Lankan Venues

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    India v Pakistan as the opener would be a delight to watch. History will continue its course and Pakistan will bite the dust. But, this time India will win the WC instead of Pakistan like in 1992.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Looking at the picture there in the article I can see that India has been given number 3 slot..wonder on what basis..cause as per the ODI ranking India is top of the list...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    well looking forward to it. interesting pools kinda same as CT2013. hope there wont be many one sided games.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | July 30, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    India must be lucky not to face SL in pool games

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Good thing for india that they are touring Aus Jst Before World cup!!! cant wait for this grand event....... Aus & Nz are the eye pleasures in terms of watching cricket!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    the group looks like copy of the champions trophy...same teams paired in the same group...please swap australia and pakistan..bored of seein india vs pak and aus vs eng matches...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    in which pool is QUALIFIER 1?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    It will be india to win the cup. Good luck Dhoni and team T

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | July 30, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    It would be really great to see Afganistan, Scotland plus any of these teams (Holland, Namibia, Kenya or Nepal) qualify, it would be really sad to teams consisting of expatriates like Canada, UAE or USA qualify.

  • POSTED BY aroop_india on | July 30, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    I don't know weather it's a co-incidence or it has been done deliberately by the ICC, but apart from BD, Ireland, Zim and three other qualifiers, THE GROUPS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AS THEY WERE IN THE ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2013!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Groups similar to the one in champions trophy

  • POSTED BY swamistyle on | July 30, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Sensible decision to give the final to the biggest & most famous cricket ground in Australia. I'm sure the NSW media (i.e. Channel 9 & Fox Sports) will have a sook but as last week's Liverpool soccer match at the MCG proved, 95,000 at the G beats anything every other venue in the country can produce hands down (especially the paltry 48,000 of the SCG). Take note Frank Lowy, if Australia ever wants to have a successful bid for the Soccer World Cup again. Good to see common sense prevail, unlike in India when politics saw the last world cup final played before 35,000 in Mumabi instead of 100,000 at Eden Gardens.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    how come India which is whish is the top ranked team in ODIs is ranked at 3 as per the pool standings

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | July 30, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Schedule is too long! You don't need 14 teams. Wasn't 12 enough! And if you have 14 make sure all group matches are over in two weeks and knockout matches are over in another two weeks. 44 days is six and a half weeks and if we don't get a exciting league stage like we got in 2011 World Cup ( courtesy England Team) it is going to feel like a long, boring tournament.

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | July 30, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    May be it is according to ICC ranking . But why two host are in One Group.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    world cup 2015 fixtures declared India's first match vs Pakistan

  • POSTED BY LionsofLanka on | July 30, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    I am happy to see us in weaker group compared to Pool B. 2 Qualifiers & presence of Bangladesh make top 4 in Pool A certain to reach quarter finals. Hope fully our matches will be in New Zealand which has pitches similar to us. Kusal & Chandi will be key factors for us along with Dilli. We can beat every team except New Zealand who had good home record. There should have been semi instead of quarter finals. There is a possibility of crushing out after dominating league phase. We had seen number of times in the past.Look like one of the Asian giant almost certain to miss quarter final berth.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    i Cannot wait for Pakistan and India big Match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    So the build up to the 2015 cricket world cup officially kick started with this event & based on the current form India should top group b easily. All the best for the host countries & also GO INDIA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WILL RETAIN THE CUP.

  • POSTED BY dravid_rules_in_tests on | July 30, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    India v/s Pakistan on February 15, 2015 at Adelaide Oval...can't wait. Also, pool A can be regarded as group of death.

  • POSTED BY Booney_Bats_for_Cricket on | July 30, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Awesome !!!!!! Was waiting for this for a long time...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Considering weakest of all aussie team, SL consistency in loosing finals and India's performance in aus/nz....... Eng/SA will start as favorites....Can They do it finally??

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Why Brisbane has not been given as a venue for quarter finals.While Melbourne and Sydney has been given as finals,semi finals and quarter finals

  • POSTED BY Pnagnoor on | July 30, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    this is going to be a rather bittersweet World Cup, but a sweet one still. Many of the Greats have retired, so this WC is a great oppertunity for the younger players to showcase their talent to the world.

  • POSTED BY AbdulWahab_Pak on | July 30, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Thank you ICC for providing an Indo-Pak encounter once again! Hope Pak end the streak of loosing at WC against Indi and more imp bring home the WC like we did in 1992.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Twenty-three years after Imran Khan led Pakistan to victory over England, and After twenty three years History Will repeat itself with the changing of Pakistan Beating India First time in World Cups InShaAllah

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    15th Feb 2015 Pakistan vs India

    Enough Said

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Now thats awesome news for the Pak fans...I hope history repeats again..Would love to see Pakistan team winning the World Cup again in Australia..Best of luck from my side to the Pakistan Team!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Go Pakistan! let the history to repeat....

  • POSTED BY Bazmac on | July 30, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    wow, what did Brisbane do wrong!?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    We will definitely see a new world champion. I would give Australia and New Zealand an early advantage, however, if Clarke remains Team Australia Captain in 2014-15, I would rate Australia out of the contest.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    greaaat........ looking forward and waiting........

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Hardly World cup will have 14 teams, and still ICC looks tired of event and have Quarter finals in schedule rather then Super Eight Round and Mega Event once in 1000 days will finish in 44 days with 49 matches, even a domestic tournament (IPL) lasts for 54 days with 74 matches out of 365 days :(

  • POSTED BY fanonfire on | July 30, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    i think quarter finals make the tournament dull. it would have been better if there will 2 teams from each group go to semis to make it interesting. this quarter final thing is like lottery. i beleive 99 and 03 were the best formats

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    pool A Will be very competitive with 2 hosts, england and SRI LANKA who did well in aus conditions in recent pass. pool A should produce the champions !!!

  • POSTED BY TheMightyBradburn on | July 30, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    The tournament was actually launched simultaneously in Melbourne and Wellington.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    How were the pools determined? Was it a draw?

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 30, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    So India's first match is against Pakistan? Well that's a cracker, this tournament grouping sounds exciting to me, Ireland will surely put a good show and might threaten West indies for the 4th spot in the group, hope Afghanisthan make it to the world cup too.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    World cup 2015 it's in Australia and finals in mcg

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Why are the top 8 teams put in the same group as in the champions trophy 2013? This is ridiculous! This is just a longer version of the champions trophy. The champions trophy is the world cup minus the nonsense meaningless games against weak opposition. This tournament unlike the champions trophy just waiste more time to get the same result which is of course all top 8 nations reaching the quarters. Doesn't anybody else see the ridiculousness of having such few countries playing cricket seriously?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    The draws are out for the next World Cup. India and Pak in the same group! Since this will be played in Aus/NZ all matches will be completed by US morning time :)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Excellent!!

  • POSTED BY BLACK-BIRDS on | July 30, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    THAT is good move ..we can see good bowling and batting favourite wickets .50-50% chances in AUS continent...but there is much more possibality of raining in Newzeland ...i dnt think so any match could be played fully 50 overs cotta in NZ ....Thanks to ICC for giving the world cup to AUS.good luck

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    A big test for Dhoni & Co. on green pitches. Will he show his magic again? Big challenge.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Best of luck to Pakistan. Melbourne reminds of Pakistanis World Victory when 30000 watched that game in the stadium. Also Imran khan, a legend who lead the green team in 1992, played a major role in the whole World Cup for Pakistan. I hope that misbah would repeat the history once again. Inshallah!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    Can't wait to buy the tickets.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Inshallah history will repeat itself and the cornered tigers will once again rise to the occasion!

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | July 30, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Australia-England, India-Pakistan in the same group! Hmmm........

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Pool B is very Tough and We will see some better and tight matches. Lets see if Pakistan can Make something Strange as they did in 1992 . Bad Luck that we have no one like imran khan anymore, but still hope that we set Pak team till 2015. There are more chances for pakistan to win again.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    And lets hope Pak team would repeat their feet this time around as well :) Asad

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 30, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    India set to lift the World Cup for the third time- Great Batting,good medium pacers and super young fielders- Dhoni set to rule once again.# 1 ranked team which is invincible.

  • POSTED BY malibu77 on | July 30, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Last time some non mainstream venues were used - Mackay, Berri, Albury, New Plymouth. Thought they might have done the same this time and used perhaps Townsville or Newcastle. But all are fairly predictable although Hagley Oval Christchurch is pending redevelopment.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    cricketing world's biggest ground hosting the world cup final. what an amazing feeling to win a match there. sadly india has never ever won any odi match in mcg. hope we r able to turn the tables.

  • POSTED BY D-Ascendant on | July 30, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Going by current form, I thought Australia would be required to qualify, no? Or do they get a free pass as the home team?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Go Pakistan go:)

    Any clue if Amir will be back to international cricket by then?

  • POSTED BY Dhanvanth on | July 30, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    This again is India politics! India is to face SA, Pak, WI in pool B. But they always have an upper hand over Pakistan and West Indies. so its between south Africa and India in pool b. very poor politics from bcci again:(

  • POSTED BY Nik84 on | July 30, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Again the same predictable world cup. Should have been better if they would have stick to 92 format where every team test playing teams play each other once. This is ridiculous format same 8 teams will go in quarterfinal, would be boring. and its not fair on associate teams part that ICC does not give them enough good games and then just through them to big world cup as if they're making fun of them. If you want them to play world cup atleast prepare them, one or two upsets that's the best we get. whats the point of group matches if everyone knows that ind,pak,srl,nz,aus,eng,wi will go in QF.Its foreign conditions not like sub continental pitches where associated teams can beat test playing nation or give them a fight. ball will swing a lot and pitches will be pacy too.10 best playing each other makes sense, other associates should play in t-20 wcups where atleast they have chance else ICC should prepare them rather than just throwing them in. Pretty bad that ICC care about t-20 not 50

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    We still have a quarter final stage for the World Cup?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will repeat the History

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | July 30, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Boring and highly predictable fixture. It's about time they tried something different. Enough with same ol same ol.

    A: Aus, NZ, Sri, WI, Q 2 B: Ind, Pak, Zim, Q 1, Q 3 C: Eng, SA, Ban, IRL, Q 4

    Top 3 goes through. It's funky.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    India to open its account against Pakistan - that sounds juicy...!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Why espn says cup holder why not ? Champions

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    I don't understand how come Lanka and new Zealand fall under the same group every world cup and ICC trophies

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | July 30, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    I see England winning the world cup.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | July 30, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Insha allah! Misbah is a capable leader like Imran. I am sure he can repeat the 1992 for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | July 30, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    As a Melburnian, I quite like the idea of large-ish boutique grounds like the new Adelaide, SCG and Auckland hosting big games, and I hope they have (grand) finals in LO tournaments to come. They are also perfect for Tests (would love to see Ad and Auck experience five-day sellouts like Sydney at its best can do). I hope the WC is as exciting a tournament as the Champions Trophy somehow transpired to be.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Go back to round robin league system surely the object is to make as much money as possible, forget taking the game out to the out towns, do they care?. If the worst happens and the ICC fail to make a massive profit, they may have to consider moving their offices with lower overheads, India perhaps?

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | July 30, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Considering India travelling for 5 tests in ENG in 2014 and for 4 tests in AUS 2014/15. This will be a boon or curse on India .... This will be too long for Indian boys and considering India's past performance in past in tests in AUS followed by this WC can become a disaster ... BCCI shud rethink to cut short the series to 2 tests and 4 one day matches to make it a worthy planning. Poor planning from BCCI. Also as Sunil Gavaskar said ENG & AUS shud be stripped off holding imp tournaments like champions trophy & WC15 as these countries are not ready to call teams in prime weather/season. End of the day I ended up sitting under umbrella for ind vs Pak in Edgbaston ! It's fans who is suffering

  • POSTED BY nuekboi on | July 30, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww yeeeeeeah! I can already feel this is going to be an amazing WC.

    I hope Pakistan can repeat history, and South Africa trounce the rain once and for all

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Who are the teams competing to qualify for the remaining spots. What about Qualifier 1, its missing in the tams list....

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | July 30, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    1992 World Cup was the best one, except for the messy rain rule. I had hoped that the same format would be followed. There is no point playing a league followed by Quarters, one freak match in the Quarters can knock a good team out. No point in getting the qualifiers. WC should have been restricted for 8 or max 10 (to accommodate a team like Ireland) to reduce the number of meaningless matches.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 30, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    batsman or bowler, who was successful in ODI carrier are great cricketters because i feel this format tests real quality of batsman and bowlers. AND HAPPY TO SEE FINAL IN MCC.

  • POSTED BY Kanoon_Ka_Rakhwala on | July 30, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    I wonder if folks down under feel that Perth or Brisbane missed out on the quarter-finals, considering MCG and SCG are hosting the final and semi-final respectively and are still getting a quarter-final or any other venue in NZ for that matter.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Christchurch is not a place to play Cricket! An Earthquake occurred and who knows, there might be an Earthquake during the match? They should shift it to some other venue! Faisal Mubeen

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 30, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    World Champions,Champions Trophy winner INDIA set to complete a Hatrick of wins by becoming the World Champions for the 3rd time in 2015,crowning of one more World Cup for India and Dhoni.There seems to be no challenge offered by any of the teams except Proteas to an extent.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    umm, interesting, the world of cricket has changed since than, its faster and smashing type of cricket, we will enjoy Insha-Allah a very quick and pacy cricket, who could be favorites? england, S Africa, Austrillia, India , pakistan ..the rest can take their chances.. good luck to every team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Now I must visit Australia. I will be there to watch final in Mcg.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | July 31, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I remember 1992 world cup. It was a great tournament. Except marred by the rain rules. New Zealand were the surprise team, that probably deserved to win the 1992 WC. I loved the fashion design of the cricketers.. It was also the first time, kerry packer channel 9 style world series cricket format was used in a cricket world cup. You know colored clothing, white ball drop in pitches etc. There were a lot of close wonderful games. Most of all it was a world cup that had some top cricketers from the 70s and 80s having their swansong to their careers. And others like Jayasuriya, Tendulkar and Lara in the early stages of their one day careers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    First of all thanks to ICC for making the world cup interesting by giving opportunities to the associate teams. I think Australia, NZ will have the home advantage. England and India will be carrying their strong forms. The West Indies will try their best to show the world their class and strength in t-20 tournaments. Srilanka is always a very tough opponent in the ICC tournaments,Pakistan is a very talented team who have capability to win the world cup. South Africa will bring out their best I hope. Ireland is also so very capable that I think they can finish the group stage in r 3 position and there wll be another team behind them. Zimbabwe have been playing a group of players for the last couple of years which has made a perfect team and finding out the correct combination can make them go through, about Bangladesh, well it's my country and hope the team will show the world what they are capable of despite of being given very few matches in the FTPs... and almost no foreign tours...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    That awesome night at 92, where England ended its world cup final streak. thanks to Imran who led his team calm and Wasim whose fiery spells ended the dream of England. Will England comeback after 23 years to the limelight at this event????

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    every team would enjoy playing in aus and nz by their excellent climate conditions

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    cric_follower - Ireland wouldn't put a challenge to the top 8?, well we recently had Pakistan over here in Ireland and Pakistan were lucky we tied the first ODI, while they scraped by in the second ODI.

    I'm not saying Ireland will win the WC, although I do think your low opinion of Ireland is staggering. I think it shows that the vast majority of people here support Ireland being there, while only you and one other seem against it.

    T20 is for developing the smaller sides?, give it a break. Everyone deserves a chance to play in the WC. We had a qualification process and we qualified and we deserve to be there.

    You say let the WC be competed among the sides who care about cricket. I'd like you to come to Ireland and tell us we don't care about cricket. You tell the Irish players they don't care about cricket, because one thing is for sure, these lads are as passionate as everyone else there if not more.

    It's a pity you feel we don't care, or aren't capable. We deserve to be there!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 31, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    India cant make the Semis or its difficult to make quater final because their most of the batsman cant play in Ausies and NZ bounce tracks... We all knows Indian legend batsman sachin dravid etc always struggle specufically in ODIs.. When their legends strygle then what about dawan rohit kohli raina etc....??? India dont have world class seamers like SA Pak and Eng who can get most from Ausies cobdition. And also India dnt have world class spinners which i think only two in cricket Ajmal and Narine... On these grounds how can anyone pick India as fav..??? One positive point for india is dhoni as a captain... SA SL Pak and Australia have better chances in 2015 WC....

  • POSTED BY deadrunner on | July 31, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    I think England,Australia,New Zealand and South Africa have the advantages over others.All Sub-Continent teams will have to fight hard. It will be good for India if they don't pick Slow Pacers Like Vinay Kumar and co. in the team. There will not be any flat track in WC2015. Adelaide Oval has the nearest possible characteristic of a Sub-Continent Pitch. No group is tougher from the other as of now.It should be NZ,AUS,SL,ENG from Group A & SA,Pak,Ind & WI from group B. Pakistan will have to strengthen their batting in order to experience the Deja-Vu. Sri Lanka will have to fight hard seriously as their Senior trio is in 35+ age-group, they need to put youngsters in front.Also,they will have to find a good bowling partner for Malinga to make a consistent pair. Eng is doing good. For SA, it is the right time to introduce seamers like Abbott,Philander in the shorter format. But the hardest job is for Aus as they have to pick a winning combination.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 31, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Realistically SL donot have any chance in this WC. So as Pakistan unless they found a young stable batsman. The only way SL can win the match is they can pray for an Indian defeat in the knockout matches by some other teams. England have the potential to reach finals or at least semis. So as Australia. I know they are not in good form, but at home they are unbeatable. SA will chock again and NZ will reach up to semis maximum. But the cup winner will be India...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 31, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @ Herath-UK . It is a shame that you donot know about Pakistan fast bowling attack which will be more dangerous in Aus/NZ. Also, WI bowling is far better than BD. So, Group B is tough.

  • POSTED BY Seent on | July 31, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    My Dream situation: QF1- India v Australia QF2- S Africa v S Lanka QF3- W Indies v N. Z'and QF4- Ireland v England SF1- India v West Indies SF2- S. Africa v Ireland Final: India v S. Africa Either team wins, I am happy!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Now I must visit Australia. I will be there to watch final in Mcg.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    umm, interesting, the world of cricket has changed since than, its faster and smashing type of cricket, we will enjoy Insha-Allah a very quick and pacy cricket, who could be favorites? england, S Africa, Austrillia, India , pakistan ..the rest can take their chances.. good luck to every team.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 30, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    World Champions,Champions Trophy winner INDIA set to complete a Hatrick of wins by becoming the World Champions for the 3rd time in 2015,crowning of one more World Cup for India and Dhoni.There seems to be no challenge offered by any of the teams except Proteas to an extent.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Christchurch is not a place to play Cricket! An Earthquake occurred and who knows, there might be an Earthquake during the match? They should shift it to some other venue! Faisal Mubeen

  • POSTED BY Kanoon_Ka_Rakhwala on | July 30, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    I wonder if folks down under feel that Perth or Brisbane missed out on the quarter-finals, considering MCG and SCG are hosting the final and semi-final respectively and are still getting a quarter-final or any other venue in NZ for that matter.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 30, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    batsman or bowler, who was successful in ODI carrier are great cricketters because i feel this format tests real quality of batsman and bowlers. AND HAPPY TO SEE FINAL IN MCC.

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | July 30, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    1992 World Cup was the best one, except for the messy rain rule. I had hoped that the same format would be followed. There is no point playing a league followed by Quarters, one freak match in the Quarters can knock a good team out. No point in getting the qualifiers. WC should have been restricted for 8 or max 10 (to accommodate a team like Ireland) to reduce the number of meaningless matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Who are the teams competing to qualify for the remaining spots. What about Qualifier 1, its missing in the tams list....

  • POSTED BY nuekboi on | July 30, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww yeeeeeeah! I can already feel this is going to be an amazing WC.

    I hope Pakistan can repeat history, and South Africa trounce the rain once and for all

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | July 30, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Considering India travelling for 5 tests in ENG in 2014 and for 4 tests in AUS 2014/15. This will be a boon or curse on India .... This will be too long for Indian boys and considering India's past performance in past in tests in AUS followed by this WC can become a disaster ... BCCI shud rethink to cut short the series to 2 tests and 4 one day matches to make it a worthy planning. Poor planning from BCCI. Also as Sunil Gavaskar said ENG & AUS shud be stripped off holding imp tournaments like champions trophy & WC15 as these countries are not ready to call teams in prime weather/season. End of the day I ended up sitting under umbrella for ind vs Pak in Edgbaston ! It's fans who is suffering

ICC World Cup 2015 July 29, 2013

World Cup final returns to Melbourne

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Twenty-three years after Imran Khan led Pakistan to victory over England, Melbourne will again host the World Cup final in 2015, while Sydney and Auckland will host semi-finals just as they did in 1992.

A wide range of alternative options for the major matches of a tournament co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand had been discussed in the lead-up to the formal announcement of the official fixtures in Melbourne on Tuesday, including the prospect of a semi or final at Sydney's Olympic Stadium and even Adelaide Oval.

But the organisers ultimately retained the same formula as 1992, handing matches to the SCG and Eden Park before the event's show-piece takes place on March 29 at the MCG, where a crowd of more than 87,000 had watched Imran's team triumph.

Among other key fixtures, the previously earthquake-stricken Christchurch will host the tournament's opening match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on February 14 at Hagley Oval, while later that same day Australia will play England at the MCG. The cup holders India will commence their tournament by facing Pakistan in Adelaide the following day.

Having been drawn together in Pool A, Australia will travel to Auckland to meet New Zealand on February 28. Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Wellington will each host a quarter-final.

Many luminaries were on hand in Melbourne's Docklands for the announcement, including the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson who kept wicket for South Africa at the 1992 event, alongside Dennis Lillee, Ian Chappell, Kapil Dev, Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Hussey.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship tournament of the 50-over game. The 2015 tournament will mark 40 years since the first World Cup in 1975 and that history of great contests and heroes helps make the tournament what it is - the most sought after prize in our increasingly global game," Richardson said.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be returning to Australia and New Zealand after 23 years and will be staged at the back of two outstanding 50-over ICC events - the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. I'm absolutely confident that the success of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will further strengthen the status of 50-over cricket as a successful and viable format alongside Tests and Twenty20 Internationals."

Several tournament venues have undergone major redevelopments with 2015 in mind, not least the SCG with a projected capacity of 48,000, and Adelaide Oval's expansion to accommodate 50,000. Eden Park has also undergone a considerable facelift to also be capable of hosting 50,000 spectators.

The tournament will feature 49 matches across 44 days in 14 cities throughout February and March of 2015. Australia's 2014-15 Test summer has been shortened to a mere four matches against India in order to leave room for the cup's lengthy schedule. A 14-team format has the competitors pitted in two groups of seven, each to play six pool matches before the top four in each group advance to the quarter-finals, semis and final.

Pool A: England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Qualifier 2 and Qualifier 3

Pool B: South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Qualifier 4

Venue cities: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Nelson, Hamilton, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Wellington

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here