If 2007 World cup pools were based on team rankings in the 2003 world cup, the same way it was done for the u-19 World cup this year, then that would make it totally interesting to see what type of pools were made. Also, it would have meant that Pool C would have become a joke of a pool and the 3 other pools, all got 3 big teams.
Heres how the teams finished in 2003 World cup, based on how they finished in their respective pools -
1 - Australia
2 - India
3 - Kenya
4 - Sri Lanka
5 - New Zealand
6 - Zimbabwe
7 - West Indies
8 - England
9 - South Africa
10 - Pakistan
12 - Canada
13 - Bangladesh
Ratings 14-16 are based on the ICC Trophy 2005 -
14 - Scotland
15 - Ireland
16 - Bermuda
Pool A - 1-8-9-16 - Australia, England, South Africa, Bermuda
Pool B - 2-7-10-15 - India, West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland
Pool C - 3-6-11-14 - Kenya, Zimbabwe, Holland, Scotland
Pool D - 4-5-12-13 - Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Canada, Bangladesh
Look at Pool C over here, it would have contained 2 teams who have deteriorated due to internal problems since 2003 and 2 European teams just beginning to get a taste of ODI cricket. The 2 qualifiers from this pool, would have been hammered in the super-8s.
As for Pools A, B and D, 1 out of the 3 big teams would have missed out and the minnow in these pools would be hammered by other teams to up their net run-rate. Also, it would have been unfair for a big team to miss out and 2 "minnows" qualify not on their own strength, but due to faulty grouping.
Note: This post was only hypothetical and is made only for a bit of interesting reading.