That's fair enough but it seems that most days have only had one
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Too many bones, not enough CASH!!
Weekdays are just crap for Europeans full-stop, literally the whole game falls in working hours
So a win in the Group stage actually counted as two wins (one win in the Group stage and one in the Super stage) if the team you beat also made the Super stage. Nuts.
No, it still counted as one win, it just removed an extra load of games which would've made the concept of the better sides all facing all (which has been pretty much unanimously agreed as the bast format on here) too unwieldy to carry out.
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If it only counted as one win, how did it remove an extra load of games? The way it removed those games is by counting one game twice instead of playing two games!!
Last edited by BeeGee; 10-03-2011 at 05:25 PM.
I make two changes to the 2011 format. I play two games every day to compact it a bit more and the top team from each pool automatically advances to the semi final with the next two highest from each pool playing in semi final qualifiers. It only cuts off two games in the tournament and doesn't make it so drawn out and makes the pool games more worthwhile. Currently the top eight is ovbious with the Windies winning key games and England beating the Saffers plus Bangles beating Ireland. So all the games are meaningless til the lottery stages. The No.1 teams for each pool deserve an automatic place in the semi finals. Otherwise best format since 1999 and before that 1992.
A2 v B3
B2 v A3
A1 v Winner B2/A3
B1 v Winner A2/B3
Last edited by KiWiNiNjA; 10-03-2011 at 06:33 PM.
My fav format:
4 groups - 3 teams in each group, then instead of the Super 6/8s, the knock out stage.
Well I thought it gave an edge to group games. Take Eng V NZ in 07. We realistically knew both teams were going to progress but that game still had plenty riding on it because of the prospect of the points bearing fruit in the Super 8s.
Invite as many teams as possible, get the group stage over fast, and move on to the exciting phase.
From what I remember, most people were salivating over the 2007 WC format prior to the tournament. It was like 92 - all the top teams playing each other. Then India and Pakistan both screwed up and there were a lot of one-sided games in the Super 8s.
Would the top 2 be decided with loads of game to spare? Possibly, but then again you could go into the final weekend of the Super 8s, with four games being played and heaps of permutations where any couple of teams could make it through.
At the same time, knockouts ARE what tournaments are all about and they are exciting. I think cricket needs to find a balance, because a WC with a group stage of three games then quarters seems a bit too short, really. When we live in an age of 7-match ODI series, 6 games to win a WC seems like too few.
Yes, those universally loved 7 match ODI series .
But yes, six games may seem too little but IMO more is not always better.
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