Well, the Cricket World Cup will be underway in about 5 hours.
For those who are confused by cricket or don’t know how it’s played, here’s a guide.
The World Cup is primarily being hosted by South Africa. Zimbabwe and Kenya have a few matches scheduled.
This is the 8th World Cup since they started in 1975 on a 4-year basis.
There are a total of 14 teams participating this time. Here’s a list and their squads.
The match schedule of the 54 matches is here. In the US, you can only receive coverage through DISH Network. The complete package costs $300. Fret not, they also offer packages for commercial establishments. Chances are, there’s a bar or some joint in your town with such an exhibition license.
The 14 teams are divided into 2 pools of 7 teams each. The top 3 teams from each pool will meet in the Super Six. Two teams will be eliminated there and the top 4 make it to the semifinals. The schedule should tell you how the Super Six and further line-up goes.
The winning team gets USD 2 Million. The summary of prize money is here.
As you can probably tell from the links above, Cricinfo’s coverage is pretty much top-notch. This is their mainpage for this World Cup. From there, you can visit live real-time scorecards.
Starting with the second post, I post details about the first match and my predictions.
Others, please chime in with your predictions and comments.
People new to cricket are free to chime in with their questions. But, please don’t make any “cricket sucks” posts. This is not posted in the Pit.