Originally Posted by JASON
Thanks for that....I will change/Edit my post .
But don't you think Its a bit ridiculous of the ICC to fix things like that....It eliminates the Surprise element the thrill of the variation that could be brought on by an upset result etc...Just my personal opinion.
Well it didn't make any difference in the World Cup in West Indies because that was one big round robin anyway, with this it certainly does make a difference because it makes the first group stage a bit of a pointless exercise/glorified warmup in most cases. The groups are determined by seedings, but the seedings are obviously a bit worthless when they're based on ODI rankings, from the time when SA were ranked number 1. I can see the reasoning of why they did it like this, because the tournament is compressed it would result in a mad rush by fans after the first groups are completed, but this will happen anyway with the semis and final so there's arguments for and against whatever you do.