Former New Zealand Cricket team player Craig McMillan believes the upcoming ICC World Cup will be the most open tournament in its history. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom will host the ten-nation tournament will begin from May 30 and run until July 14. Host England will play the opening game against South Africa at the Oval. New Zealand, however, will start their campaign against Sri Lanka on June 1 in Cardiff.
Most open tournament
Most of the team are currently in their last leg of preparation playing more limited overs cricket. However, New Zealand will host Bangladesh for the third and final Test of a three-match series which they lead 2-0. The current New Zealand batting coach, Craig McMillan said that they have already played much cricket over the summer. He also revealed that they had identified the areas which need immediate attention ahead of the showpiece event. McMillan also noted that the current loss against Indian National Cricket team have opened their eyes.
“We have known this schedule for some time. We have played a ton of ODI cricket over the summer just not at the end of the summer. The team have learnt a lot about our side over the summer – India showed as a couple of areas where we need to get better but I think this is the most open World Cup in history,” he said.
Afghanistan can be tricky
Craig McMillan pointed out that there are six seven countries who have fair chances of lifting the trophy. He also added that Afghanistan could be a tricky side who have made giant strides in international cricket. Recently, Afghanistan cricketers Mohammad Shahzad and Hasmatullah Shahidi issued a warning to other teams saying that they are ready to create significant upsets.
“There are six or seven teams with a real chance of winning. You have Afghanistan making serious strides with a couple of very talented young players – they will be a tricky opponent for any side. It’s going to be an open and exciting tournament because so many sides are capable of winning it,” McMillan added.
Craig McMillan, who announced his retirement at the age of 31 years has represented New Zealand in 55 Tests, 197 ODIs and 8 T20Is. Since 2014, he has been with the New Zealand team in his current role which runs till the end of the World Cup.