World Cup 2011 May be Most dramatic ever says ICC President | World Cup May be Most dramatic ‘ICC
World Cup May be Most dramatic ‘ICC: ICC cricket Council says that World Cup 2011 May be Most dramatic ever says ICC President. ICC event enter into Quarter Final session and first match played between Pakistan vs West Indies. Both teams more excited for wining but other side Cricket’s governing body says critics of the 50-over format have been proved wrong by a World Cup that is shaping up as the “greatest and most dramatic ever.”
World Cup may be most dramatic ever, says ICC. International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar says television audience figures for the tournament have set records and that combined with crowd figures “demonstrate the enduring appeal of the 50-over game.” “I have no doubt that it will continue to grow from strength to strength in the future,” he said. “Some people have been predicting the demise of 50-over cricket but they have been proven wrong.”
The World Cup has been criticized for being too long and for mismatches between top teams and smaller cricketing nations such as Kenya, the Netherlands and Ireland. The present tournament started Feb. 19 and 40 games have been played so far, with the first quarterfinal yet to be contested. It climaxes on April 2 with the final in Mumbai.
The ICC has already taken steps to shorten the World Cup held every four years, by reducing the number of nations taking part from 14 to 10 at the next edition in 2015.
T20 cricket has grown in popularity and some say the 50-over format is dying, but Pawar said the tournament had already produced gripping cricket.
“We have surely been treated to a real feast of 50-over cricket with some outstanding games,” he said. “Few who were in ( Bangalore) will forget the tied match between India and England or Ireland’s record-breaking triumph against England, while the passion shown by the home supporters for the hosts Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka has been spectacular.”
England, which tied with India, beat South Africa and yet lost to Ireland, has produced some of the most exciting games, but many have been one-sided.
Pawar said the India-England tie had been the most viewed game in World Cup history, with millions watching in India alone. “The standard of cricket has been impressive and there is no doubt that 50-over cricket has a real attraction and an amazing appeal for players, spectators in the grounds and the hundreds of millions watching on television around the world.