Cricket World Cup Preview

With the Cricket World Cup set to kick off later this week we look forward to the upcoming carnival of cricket and give you the current betting lowdown with Betfair Cricket Odds.

Cricket World Cup Preview

Cricket World Cup Preview

The ICC World Cup has been a magnet for criticism at times and this year’s competition is not without fairly obvious flaws. For one thing the outcome of the first month’s action (a long time – the entire length of most major international sporting tournaments) is fairly predictable. It would be a major surprise if the eight teams to emerge from the Group Stages were not England, Australia. Sri Lanka and New Zealand from Pool A and South Africa, India, Pakistan and the West Indies from Pool B. For many spectators this tends to mean that things don’t get really interesting until the competition is already a month old.

There are plans to cut the competition to 10 teams in four years time, amove that may address such issues even if it is not without opposition. The plan has already attracted angry criticism from those who see it as counter to cricket’s aspirations to expand and attract new audiences.

As far as predictions go this format makes it hard to look beyond the above teams as highly likely quarter finalists. Even a seriously under par performance from one of the big boys should be redeemable as long as they can emerge with victories against the likes of Scotland, UAE and Afghanistan.

Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the competition commences with some genuinely mouth-watering fixtures. First up is Australia vs England, a match up that England won’t relish. While facing the old enemy could be seen as a galvanising way to commence the competition a less positive spin is that it is unlikely to dispel the familiar doubts that follow Eoin Morgan’s men to the Antipodes. The world’s top ranked team, who host the World Cup for the first time in 23 years,will take some beating on their home turf and are rightly considered strong favourites by the bookmakers.

Co-hosts New Zealand begin their competition on the same day against Sri Lanka, a tough match to predict that pairs two of the World Cup’s more resourceful outfits. Home advantage and a strong record of overperfoming in World Cups means New Zealand’s prospects in particular surely surpass their sixth place world ranking.

Cricket World Cup Betting Odds

Pool A

World Ranking: 5th

2/1 Favourites
World Ranking: 1st

Sri Lanka
World Ranking: 4th

New Zealand
World Ranking: 6th

World Ranking: 9th

World Ranking: 11th

World Ranking: N/A

Pool B

South Africa
World Ranking: 3rd

World Ranking: 2nd

World Ranking: 7th

West Indies
World Ranking: 8th

World Ranking: 10th

World Ranking: 12th

United Arab Emirates
World Ranking: N/A

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