Originally Posted by 16 tins of Spam
No, I'd like to have the professional commentators that would cover a normal tour of the West Indies. This tournament is so generic that it barely matters where it's being held. Everything looks the same as everywhere else - the stadiums, the sponsors, the oppressive rules inside the grounds, the same old commentators.
If I have to get up at 2am to watch this stuff, I want it to feel like it's actually coming from the West Indies, not some sanitised, globalised Disneyland that the ICC may as well build indoors in Dubai.
Yep, I think that's the overriding problem that has prevented me from enjoying the tournament. A total lack of Carribean flavour and atmosphere.
The Super 8 has also been depressingly predictable so far. Though Ireland and Bangladesh thoroughly deserved to progress, the absence of India and Pakistan from this phase, together with the embarrassing ongoing capitulation of the hosts, has dealt the tournament an almost critical blow in my opinion.
Great finish today perked things up, but now the semi-finalists seem to be all but sorted and we've still got about 3 weeks to get through.