New Zealand cricket team skipper Brendon McCullum has stated that the forthcoming International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015, which starts in Christchurch on 14th February, is the most open it has been in a long time. The World Cup, which starts on Saturday in Australia and New Zealand, has an unexpected death knockout characteristics this time. In some recent World Cups, points from group matches against other qualifiers were passed through to a Super Six stage with the top qualifiers all playing each other.
Stuff.co.nz reported, however, this tear at the 14 team World Cup event is partitioned up into two pools of seven, a six-match winning streak from pool play counts for nothing at the elimination quarterfinal stage. In recent times Indian cricket legends “The Wall” Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith have asked the goodness of such a cutthroat format. Inevitably elimination round came in for the semifinals and final but the target should be to have the best-performed teams reach that level.
Brendon McCullum focused out any one of 8 teams could win the ICC World Cup. He said that it is the most open it has been in a long time and added that with the characteristics of the pitch being pretty pure, it brings the batting match-winners into play who can change a match in a fifteen to twenty over period.
The report added that teams like India, West Indies, Pakistan, and England, while perhaps standing in the 2nd line of dark knight rangers behind Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, are still standing at the first line particularly with the bat.