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2019 ICC World set to grab eyeballs with new format

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The 2019 ODI World Cup – the 12th edition of the storied tournament – will feature the round robin format in its first phase, a deviation from the group league stage of the previous editions.

The format for the opening round is a single group of ten teams, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.

This will be the first World Cup not to feature all Test playing nations since with the admission of Ireland and Afghanistan in June 2017, the number of countries eligible to contest the five-day version has increased to 12.

It will also be the first World Cup without any associate member as all of them were eliminated in the qualifying tournament.

The 10-team World Cup is a decrease from the 2011 and 2015 tournaments which featured 14 teams. England qualified as hosts while the other top seven teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of September 30, 2017, earned automatic berths. The other two teams earned their way to the World Cup through the qualifying tournament.
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Afghanistan defeated the West Indies in the final to win the ICC World Cup Qualifier. Both teams qualified for the World Cup as the top two teams in the tournament.

Hosts Zimbabwe topped their group but lost their way in the knock-out phase and failed to reach the final. They will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1983.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has thus brought back the format of the 1992 World Cup.

This format will suit teams which are consistent. Teams which have talent but struggle with consistency may find it tough to survive in this format. Thus, teams like Pakistan, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will have to pull up their socks.

The Indians will start their campaign with a trial by fire as they will take on tough teams like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan in the first half of the round robin stage.

Should the Indians manage to do do well in the first few matches, they will have the chance to improve their net run rate against the smaller teams in the later part of the round robin phase.

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Rajeev Shukla backs Kohli, pulls up CoA for poor schedule

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New Delhi: Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla on Friday pulled up the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for poor scheduling of Team Indias calendar, saying players interest should also be kept in mind while finalising an itinerary for a particular series.

“I agree with Virat Kohli that calendar is too hectic. There should not be back to back matches and series as well. Players must get some rest and also enough time to get acclimatised. CoA should have kept this in mind before finalising the schedule,” Shukla tweeted on Friday tagging the BCCI.

Shukla’s comments came after Kohli expressed displeasure over the scheduling of the ongoing New Zealand tour. Team India had to leave for New Zealand the very next day they played their last ODI against Australia in Bengaluru.

Addressing the media before the first T20I in Auckland, Kohli said that it was coming to a scenario where players were landing at the stadium from one series to the other.

“It’s getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight. That’s how compressed the gap has become. This kind of travelling to a place that is seven and a half hours ahead of IST is difficult to adjust immediately. Hopefully, this will be taken into consideration in the future,” he pointed. “But this is the year of the World Cup and every T20 is important. So we can’t lose our focus.”

However, BCCI officials feel the Indian skipper should have communicated the same to them rather than speaking about it in the media.

“The schedule was tight, but I don’t see what the problem is when it is a schedule made under the Committee of Administrators and supervised by the CEO. Should this issue not have been raised with them considering the fact that they seemed to be on each other’s speed dial?

“Even if he would have raised the issue with the BCCI Secretary, it could have been addressed. While Kohli is free to express himself the way he wishes to, there’s a system that needs to be followed for resolution of issues and the core of the system is communication,” the official told.

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