Malcolm Speed has finally admitted that the tournament has gone for about a week too long. What should be done to make the tournament shorter? A new format? Less down time? More than 1 game per day?
Personally, I think a new format would be perfect.... I hate the super 8's format, it adds a lot of unnecessary games, and a lot of one-sided results. Even if India and Pakistan had qualified, there would have been just too many pointless games.
My idea is this....
3 pools of 5 teams, teams play the others in their pool. 10 games per pool = 30 games. Over in 2 weeks, tops.
Top 2 from each pool go through to the next stage.
Here, we split into two groups. Note, points do not carry over.
Group A: The top team from each pool.
Group B: The 2nd place team from each pool.
Group B play a quick, 3 game tri-series. The winner (and only the winner) of that tri-series joins the Group A teams in the next stage.
Group A also play a quick tri-series, with the winner of the tri-series gaining 1 bonus point to carry into Stage 3. It may not seem much, but read on.
These tri-series' also decide semi-final parings.
This stage has 6 games, which could be all over in 1 week.
Stage 3 - The Semi's
Here it is easy. The semi-finalists play to determine the finalists.
Group A2 v Group A3 - 3 game series.
Group A1 v Group B1 - 2 game series.
Remember that bonus point A1 got? That's the advantage of wining that tri-series. Now, they only have to win one game to make it through, B1 has to win 2.
Max. 5 games = again, over in one week.
Stage 4 - The final
Again, a three game series. First to two wins takes the cup.
Max. 3 games = Another week.
Total games: Max. 44
Total Time: No more than 5 weeks.
Advantages of this system?
- More games which actually have a meaning. Even if you finish top of your pool, you will try to win Group A, as that gives you a much easier run into the finals.
- More cut-throat games.
- The 'minnow' nations won't make it through based on one good performance, a serious flaw in the current system.
- You can't get through by getting lucky. You actually have to be good enough to win your semi-final and the final.
What do you think??? Too complex? What are your ideas?