As the world cup has finally started, I should make my predictions. The teams are divided into two pools. The top three teams from each pool advance to the super-six round where they play each other. Two teams are then eliminated and the rest advance to the semifinals and then the final. So here are the teams in the two pools, in the order in which I think they will end up:
Pool A: Australia, Pakistan, India, England, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Namibia.
Pool B: South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Canada, Kenya.
And my prediction for the winner is: South Africa.
However, I will be rooting for Pakistan.
It starts tomorrow in South Africa. Some of the games are in Zimbabwe which has created a few problems. England appealed to the International Cricket Conference (ICC) to move their match against Zimbabawe but failed. Also, New Zealand have refused to play Kenya in Nairobi, because of concerns over a bombing in Mombasa in November which killed 16 people.
You can see the schedule here. The participating teams are Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. According to the betting market, Australia, closely followed by South Africa, is favored to win. Cricket is very popular in Pakistan and India and a somewhat interesting, though time-wasting, game. CricInfo is a very comprehensive site for news, statistics, laws, etc. If you are interested in the rules and history of the game, go here. There are two kinds of games in cricket: the test match and the 1-day international. A test match lasts for 5 full days and is usually slow-paced while a one-day game is faster and more interesting. The world cup obviously consists of one-day games only.
Due to the efforts of cricket enthusiasts at my school, student government is funding the live broadcast of the games on TV. It would be interesting to watch cricket after a long time, though I can’t obviously watch all day.