Cup: Count down ends tomorrow
7, 2003 - 11.00 GMT]
eighth ICC Cricket
World Cup will begin tomorrow in Cape Town with 14 teams vying for the
tournament will run for 44 days from the February 9 curtain raiser match
between South Africa and West Indies in Cape Town to the Final in
Johannesburg on Sunday, March 23.
teams will take part in two pools of seven teams each. The teams will play
each other in the preliminary or pool section on a round robin basis.
pools are compiled according to a seeding system based on an international
rankings list calculated according to the results of all limited overs
internationals between the end of the last Cricket World Cup in June 1999
until the cut-off date of September 30, 2001.
Australia, England, Pakistan, India, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Holland
South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand, Kenya, Bangladesh, Canada
The top three teams from each pool will proceed to the next stage of the
tournament, known as the Super Six, carrying with them the points scored in
matches against the other qualifying teams in their pool. The Super Six will
be played over a period of nine days during which there will be two days on
which no matches will be played and two days on which there will be two
matches per day.
The Super Six will determine the four teams that will contest the
semi-finals - a day game in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, March 18, and a
day-night game in Durban on Thursday, March 20. In the semi-finals, Team 1
plays Team 4 and Team 2 plays Team 3.
Games in South Africa will be staged in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban,
Port Elizabeth, Centurion, Bloemfontein, Paarl, Potchefstroom, East London,
Benoni, Kimberley and Pietermaritzburg. Games in Zimbabwe will be staged at
Harare and Bulawayo, three games each. The two games in Kenya will be staged
are the reigning Champions. Host South Africa has never reached the final of
a World Cup.
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Updated Date: February 7,
2003 - 11.00