Former Indian captain and expert Rahul Dravid feels that the current format of the Cricket World Cup is too long and predictable. He has shown his dissatisfaction with the format for the 2015 World Cup, which sees all the 14 participating teams in 2 separate groups of 7 teams each.
Pool A consists of England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland, while Pool B consists of South Africa, India, West Indies, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Ireland and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
However, the way the tournament has been designed it is not difficult to predict that which team will reach the top 8, unless somebody has a shocker of a tournament.
Dravid said, “It’s almost easy barring the odd upset or someone really having a bad tournament; you can almost predict who the top eight will be sitting here in the studio today. There comes a time in a tournament like this – and I sensed it a little bit during the last World Cup when I wasn’t playing but just watching – that everyone starts to wait for the quarterfinals. Sure, in between you have some big games as well but you know eventually that these are going to be the best eight teams.”
He described the 1999 and 2003 editions of the World Cup to be the best format for the game’s marquee event. The teams had to be on their toes right from the start of the tournament.
Dravid, also titled as ‘The Wall’ added, “You had to play well throughout the tournament. It gave you a bit of a chance to recover if you started off slowly as we did in 2003. When three teams qualified for the super six stage, every game mattered. Points got carried over as well, so you knew you couldn’t relax in any of the games because if you lose a game, you don’t get to carry over those points.”
“Pointing out towards a much rationale based blue print, he emphasized. They need to just tighten it up, ensure that it’s a shorter tournament and have a format where it’s just not easy to predict who the top eight teams are going to be. There should be some tension in the top eight sides that if they mess up they won’t qualify for the super sixes.”