OK Folks, it is time for Light—Camera—Action
- Played in Australia and New Zealand
- Broadcast in over 200 territories in seven languages, including Italian
- 14 teams-49 matches
- Six weeks of Action
- Viewership exceeding 2.5 billion people.
The 14 teams are split into two groups with the top four going into the quarter-finals.
Pool A is made up of Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Sri Lanka.
Pool B contains India, Pakistan, Ireland, West Indies, South Africa, UAE and Zimbabwe.
It is the ICC World cup, as you are all well aware—but it is not just cricket—it is pride, prestige and everything else at stake for many a nation.
Not to mention dizzying ecstasy or tearful agony for the fans.
Launched with night-time opening ceremonies in Melbourne and Christchurch, the cricket competition will vie with Mardigras in carnival activity both on and off the field. The game is just one piece of the puzzle- from match fixing allegations to illegal bowling actions, terrorist suspects to glamorous cheerleaders – the sport has it all to quench any thirst. While maiden overs may surely be hard to come by on the field, there will not be a dearth of covers and fine legs in the fiesta prevailing through the nights.
Is there a real favorite to win this game with certainty? The pundits are cautious and rightfully so. History has proven that lady destiny rarely ever graced her charm on the top seeds. In addition, the game has become so fiercely competitive that it is impossible to predict an outcome based solely on the past. Imagine and India vs Pakistan game in progress and you can feel the air frozen in suspense even through your TV screen. Every ounce of energy will strain the nerves as the game unfolds and mistakes come back to haunt. Many a viewer has been known to close their eyes tightly camouflaged in gestures of prayer, if only to survive the nail biting moments.
The relieved “I knew it” pan faced postmortem only heightens the tension for the next game.
But amongst all this, national pride will fly and flutter in the winds of uncertainty. That, along with our innate desire to flavor the moment and salute the game we love, will keep the enthusiasm flowing unburned. In the end, it is only the game that should win and nothing else will matter.