ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019: Kumar Sangakkara Reveals His Expectation From The Upcoming World Cup
The former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara feels that the upcoming Cricket World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments.
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be the 12th edition of the men’s Cricket World Cup. England and Wales are ready to host this upcoming tournament from 30th May to 14th July. A total of top ten teams will participate in this competition. These participating teams are England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Windies.
In the Group Stage, each team will face all other teams for once. After the completion of the Group Stage, the top four teams in the points table will qualify for the semi-finals. The winners of the two semi-finals will meet in the final of the tournament at Lord’s on 14th July.
Kumar Sangakkara is excited to experience the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The former star Sri Lankan cricketer believes that the forthcoming World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments due to the very tight competition.
Sangakkara recently told Hindustan Times, “I have a feeling this World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments. There will be close competition and I am sure we can look forward to some great cricket. The fans will enjoy it. It will be a great occasion for the sport and I am really excited.”
During his international career, Sangakkara played four Cricket World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). He also experienced two consecutive World Cup finals (2007 and 2011) but suffered defeats in both those matches.
ICC has been doing a very good job in terms of trying to spread the game
International cricket is gradually expanding at the present moment. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has awarded the T20I status to all the members from 1st January 2019. With this decision, a total of 105 teams have now the T20I status, including 12 Full Members.
Moreover, recently, Nepal, the USA, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Namibia etc. have earned the ODI status.
Kumar Sangakkara is feeling great to observe the expansion of international cricket. He feels that the ICC is doing a great job and he believes that these actions will help to grow up this game.
He said, “I think the ICC has been doing a very good job in terms of trying to spread the game and more importantly in terms of bringing new teams to the framework. MCC does it in a unique way and has planned to tie up and bring in exciting new countries.”
It has got more to do with the ICC to balance out the Future Tours Programme
Sangakkara also spoke about the importance of proper scheduling in international cricket. While the numbers of cricket matches have been raised worldwide, Sangakkara believes that the ICC needs to work more to create a balanced Future Tours Programme.
He added, “It should be looked at how home boards do their scheduling. It has got more to do with the ICC to balance out the Future Tours Programme. There has to be adequate break between tours ensuring rehabilitation is done in a proper manner.
“There’s lot of international cricket and lot of domestic leagues taking place at the moment. They have to work with the home boards to balance things, not only for players and boards but even for spectators.”
Recently, Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed as the next President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He will be the first non-British President of MCC when he starts his tenure on 1st October 2019.
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