By: Ella Wilson
The next world cup is scheduled to begin in March 2007, but the buzz and the excitement can be already seen everywhere. Every Cricket lover eagerly waits for this mega event that is conducted after every four years. It is the battlefield for supremacy in the cricket world and cricketers all over the world look forward to this event to stamp their authority. The current world champions Australia are favored by many to win the coveted title again. But there are many more contenders to this title. The world cup is organized every four years by crickets governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The 2007 world cup will be held in West Indies and cricket fans can expect some real fireworks from their favorite players during the event. On current form, Australia appears to be the favorite to lift the world cup, especially after their convincing win in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 which as titled as Mini World Cup. But cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and this is the beauty of the game. No one actually knows who will win the cup and everyone is busy with their own theories and guessing games.Australia has won the world cup thrice, the highest number of times among all the teams that will be competing. So they will surely be looking forward to continue the winning streak. Host West Indies have won it twice and they would love to make it a hat-trick this time, especially when they will be playing in front of the home crowd in and also in the conditions that would suit them. Perhaps this is the best chance for the windies to bring back the cup. Other than these two teams. there are many serious contenders for the cup this time, so competition is going to be really tough this time. And whichever team is able to handle pressure well, will come up triumphs in the world cup.
South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand all have bright chances of winning the world cup. Preparations are in full swing by all the teams to take a shot at winning the cup. For many players, this world cup could well be their last appearance in any world cup. Some of the player’s aged above 30 and this may well be their last shot at winning the world cup for their country. The Australian team has many players who are above not only 30, but also above 35 years of age. Some see this as the main disadvantage, but the Aussies are a real hard nut to crack especially when they face adverse conditions.
Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and several other leading batsmen will try their outmost to lay their hands on the world cup. It is difficult to predict who will win the world cup, due to the emergence of new players. These new and upcoming players have completely changed the face of the game. For Shaun Pollock, Glen McGrath and Anil Kumble (if selected) this may well be their last world cup. So many players and many teams have lots of things at stake during this world cup. One thing is for sure, fans will be entertained with good cricket all around, during the world cup cricket 2007.
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