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2007 ICC Cricket World Cup
2007 Cricket World Cup logo.svg
Logo of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup
Dates 13 March – 28 April
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) West Indies
Champions  Australia (4th title)
Participants 16 (from 97 entrants)
Matches played 51
Attendance 672,000 (13,176 per match)
Man of the Series Australia Glenn McGrath
Most runs Australia Matthew Hayden (659)
Most wickets Australia Glenn McGrath (26)
2003
2011

The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was the 9th edition of the Cricket World Cup tournament that took place in the West Indies from 13 March to 28 April 2007, using the sport's One Day International format. There were a total of 51 matches played, three fewer than at the 2003 World Cup (despite a field larger by two teams).

The 16 competing teams were initially divided into four groups, with the two best-performing teams from each group moving on to a "Super 8" format. From this, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa won through to the semi-finals, with Australia defeating Sri Lanka in the final to win their third consecutive World Cup and their fourth overall. Australia's unbeaten record in the tournament increased their total to 29 consecutive World Cup matches without loss, a streak dating back to 23 May 1999, during the group stage of the 1999 World Cup. The tournament also saw upsets in the first round with tournament favourites India and Pakistan failing to making it past the group stage while Bangladesh, the lowest-ranked Test playing nation, and Ireland, an associate (non-test playing) nation, made it to the Super 8s.

Following the tournament the ICC distributed surplus tournament revenues of USD 239 million to its members.[1]

Host selection[edit]

The World Cup was awarded to the West Indies via the International Cricket Council's rotational policy. It is the first time the ICC Cricket World Cup has been held in the Caribbean despite the fact that the West Indies cricket team have been the second most successful team in past World Cups.[2]

The United States contingent lobbied strongly for matches to be staged at its newly built cricket ground in Lauderhill, Florida, but the ICC decided to award all matches to Caribbean nations. Bids from Bermuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a second bid by Jamaica were also rejected.

Eight venues across the West Indies were selected to host the World Cup tournament. All host countries hosted six matches with the exceptions of St Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados (the last of which hosted the final) which each hosted seven matches.

The Jamaican Government spent US$81 million for "on the pitch" expenses.[3] This included refurbishing Sabina Park and constructing the new multi-purpose facility in Trelawny – through a loan from China. Another US$20 million is budgeted for 'off-the-pitch' expenses, putting the tally at more than US$100 million or JM$7 billion.

This put the reconstruction cost of Sabina Park at US$46 million whilst the Trelawny Stadium will cost US$35 million.[4][5] The total amount of money spent on stadiums was at least US$301 million.

The Brian Lara Stadium, in Trinidad, lost its status as a pre-tournament warm-up match venue on 21 September 2006.[6]

Venues[edit]

Venue City Country Capacity Matches
Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 27,000 7(Final)
Sabina Park Kingston Jamaica 30,000 7(Semi-final)
Beausejour Stadium Gros Islet Saint Lucia 20,000 7(Semi-final)
Queen's Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 26,000 6
Providence Stadium Providence Guyana 15,000 6
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium North Sound Antigua and Barbuda 20,000 6
Queen's Park St.George's Grenada 20,000 6
Warner Park Basseterre St. Kitts 10,000 6
Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Grenada Guyana
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Kensington Oval
Capacity: 27,000
Queen's Park
Capacity: 20,000
Providence Stadium
Capacity: 15,000
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium aerial view Oct 2006.jpg Kensington Oval, Barbados During 2007 World Cup Cricket Final.jpg Grenadacricket.jpg Smaller Providence Stadium inside.jpg
2007 Cricket World Cup venues.png
Jamaica Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Sabina Park
Capacity: 16,000
Warner Park Stadium
Capacity: 10,000
Beausejour Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Queen's Park Oval
Capacity: 25,000
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Warm up venues[edit]

Venue City Country Capacity Matches
3Ws Oval Bridgetown Barbados 8,500 4
Greenfield Stadium Falmouth, Jamaica Jamaica 25,000 4
Arnos Vale Stadium Kingstown Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 18,000 4
Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago 22,000 4

Qualification[edit]

The captains of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

The field of sixteen teams, the largest ever for the Cricket World Cup, consists of all sixteen teams which currently hold One Day International status. This includes the ten full members of the ICC (which all have Test and permanent ODI status). The other six (associate) ODI nations are Kenya (which has ODI status until 2009) and five further teams which qualified via the 2005 ICC Trophy (gaining ODI status until 2009, in the process). These nations included Canada, Scotland, Netherlands and making their World Cup Debut Ireland and Bermuda.

Full Members
 Australia  Bangladesh
 England  India
 New Zealand  Pakistan
 South Africa  Sri Lanka
 West Indies  Zimbabwe
Associate Members
 Bermuda  Canada
 Kenya  Ireland
 Netherlands  Scotland

Squads[edit]

There were sixteen teams in 2007 Cricket World Cup. The sixteen teams were asked to announce their final squads by 13 February 2007. Changes were allowed after this deadline at the discretion of the ICCs Technical Committee in necessary cases, such as due to player injury.

Media coverage[edit]

Mello, official mascot

The World Cup has grown as a media event with each tournament. The sponsorship and television rights that were awarded primarily to cover the 2003 and 2007 World Cups raised over US$550 Million.[7] The 2007 World Cup was televised in over 200 countries to a viewing audience estimated at more than two billion television viewers and was expected to generate more than 100,000 unique visitors to the West Indies who travelled solely for the tournament.[8][9]

The 2007 Cricket World Cup featured an orange raccoon-like creature named "Mello" as its mascot. It has been announced during matches that Mello has no race, species, age or gender- it is an attitude, the attitude of the young people of the West Indies. The official song for the World Cup was "The Game of Love and Unity" by Jamaican-born Shaggy, Bajan entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian Fay-Ann Lyons.

The 2007 tournament recorded the highest ticketing revenue for a Cricket World Cup, selling more than 672,000.[10] Although, attendance leading into the semi finals for the 2007 World Cup was 403,000; an average of 8,500 supporters per match.[11]

Leadup[edit]

All major Test-playing nations had schedules allowing them to play a large number of One Day International against other major ODI teams just prior to the World Cup. Australia, New Zealand and England took part in the Commonwealth Bank Series where England defeated Australia in the finals. Australia then went to New Zealand for the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy, losing 3–0. South Africa played five ODIs against India (South Africa won 4–0) and five against Pakistan (South Africa won 3–1) while India also played four ODIs against the West Indies (India won 3–1) and four ODIs against Sri Lanka (India won 2–1). Bangladesh played four ODIs against Zimbabwe (Bangladesh won 3–1) and won a tri-series against Canada and Bermuda. The associate ODI teams took part in the World Cricket League, which Kenya won, and were also involved in other series prior to the World Cup.

The rankings of the teams at the beginning of the Cricket World Cup were:

Ranking Team Points
1  South Africa 128
2  Australia 125
3  New Zealand 113
4  Pakistan 111
5  India 109
6  Sri Lanka 108
7  England 106
8  West Indies 101
9  Bangladesh 42
10  Zimbabwe 22
11  Kenya 0
12  Scotland 0% / 69%
13  Netherlands 0% / 50%
14  Ireland 0% / 44%
15  Canada 0% / 33%
16  Bermuda 0% / 28%

Note:Teams 12–16 did not have official ODI rankings leading up to the World Cup; they are ranked based on their win percentage against full members and then wins against associate members prior to the tournament.[12]

Warm-up matches[edit]

Prior to the main tournament all 16 nations played a series of warm-up matches to prepare, experiment with different tactics and to help them get acclimatised to conditions in the West Indies. The warm-up matches were not considered as official ODIs.[13] The matches were played from Monday 5 March until Friday 9 March. The matches included a surprise victory by Bangladesh over New Zealand.

Opening ceremony[edit]

Alison Hinds performing during the ceremony.
Fireworks in the opening ceremony of the 2007 Cricket World Cup

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Opening Ceremony was held on Sunday, 11 March 2007, at Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica.[14]

It featured over 2000 dancers and performers representing all strands of West Indian music, from calypso and ragga to reggae and soca; among the performers were Sean Paul, Byron Lee, Kevin Lyttle, Beres Hammond, Lucky Dube, Buju Banton, Half Pint, Arrow, Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Tony Rebel, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, David Rudder, Shaggy, the I Threes and Jimmy Cliff.

The ceremony, attended by several heads of state including the Governor-General of Jamaica started with an address by Sir Garfield Sobers; there were messages from the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and Grenada.

Rules and regulations[edit]

Matches[edit]

The matches were One Day Internationals and operated under normal ODI rules. All matches were to be 50 overs a side unless stated otherwise by the umpires or match referee. A bowler was able to bowl a maximum of 10 overs per match.

In the event of bad weather, each side must have batted a minimum of 20 overs for a result to be declared (if the match was not otherwise won, for example if the team batting second was dismissed before the completion of 20 overs). In the event of bad weather, the Duckworth-Lewis method was applied to determine the result or target. If no result was declared on the scheduled day, the teams returned the next day to complete the game, with the same situation as when the game was abandoned.

There was a new rule regarding referral of catches to the TV replay official (third umpire): if the standing umpires were unable to determine whether a catch had been taken cleanly, and/or whether a claimed catch was a "bump ball", they had discretion to refer the decision to the third umpire. Also, whilst reviewing such a catch via TV replay if it was clear to the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the ball, he was to indicate that the batsman was not out.[15]

Tournament points[edit]

In the Group Stage and in the Super 8 Stage points were awarded as follows:

Points
Results Points
Win 2 points
Tie/No Result 1-point
Loss 0 points

The top two teams from each group advanced to the Super 8 stage and any points they earned against the other qualifier from their own group was carried through. Points earned against the non-qualifying teams in the same pool were not carried over. In the Super 8s, each team played the six remaining qualifiers from the other groups and the top four teams went through to the semi-finals. Positions were decided by most points. Where two or more teams were tied on points, the following methods in turn were used to decide which team went through:[15]

  1. Most wins in their group or in Super 8 whichever is applicable
  2. Higher net run rate
  3. Higher number of wickets taken per ball
  4. Winners of head to head matches
  5. The drawing of lots

Umpires[edit]

The umpiring panel for the 2007 Cricket World Cup comprised nine umpires from the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires (the only member not included was Darrell Hair), and nine umpires from the international panel. The refereeing panel consisted of seven members from the Elite Panel of ICC Referees, with Clive Lloyd not being included due to his role as West Indies' team manager. Aleem Dar went on to stand as an umpire in his first World Cup final, alongside Steve Bucknor who was appearing in his fifth final in a row – extending his record of four from the 2003 World Cup.

Groups[edit]

Seeds[edit]

The tournament began with a league stage consisting of four groups of four. Each team played each of the other teams in its group once. Australia, India, England and West Indies were placed in separate pools for logistical reasons, as they were expected to have the most supporters in attendance, and transport and accommodation capacity in the West Indies is limited.[16]

The groups are listed below, with seedings (rankings from April 2005) shown in brackets. Each group played all of its matches at a single ground.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
 Australia  Sri Lanka  New Zealand  Pakistan
 South Africa  India  England  West Indies
 Scotland  Bangladesh  Kenya  Zimbabwe
 Netherlands  Bermuda  Canada  Ireland

System[edit]

The tournament was preceded by a number of warm-up matches to acclimatise the players. The group stage matches started on Tuesday 13 March and finished on Sunday 25 March. There were a total of 24 matches played in the group stage.

The top two teams in each group proceeded to the "Super 8" stage which also used a league system. Each team carried forward its result against the other team qualifying from its preliminary stage group, and played the other six qualifying teams once each. The top four teams in the league qualified for the semi-finals. This system was modified since the previous World Cup, which had a "Super 6" stage rather than a Super 8. The Super 8 stage matches were played from Tuesday 27 March until Saturday 21 April. A total of 24 matches were played in the Super 8 stage.

The top four teams in the "Super 8" advanced to the semi-finals. This was the knockout stage, with the No. 1 team playing the No. 4 team, and the No. 2 team playing the No. 3 team in the tournament. The winners of the two semi-finals played each other in the Final.

All tournament matches have one reserve day (the day after the scheduled day of the match) to allow for matches to be completed in the event of bad weather.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
 Australia 6 3 3 0 0 0 +3.433
 South Africa 4 3 2 0 1 0 +2.403
 Netherlands 2 3 1 0 2 0 −2.527
 Scotland 0 3 0 0 3 0 −3.793
14 March 2007
(scorecard)
Australia 
334/6 (50 overs)
v
 Scotland
131/9 (40.1 overs)
Australia won by 203 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
16 March 2007
(scorecard)
South Africa 
353/3 (40 overs)
v
 Netherlands
132/9 (40 overs)
South Africa won by 221 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
18 March 2007
(scorecard)
Australia 
358/5 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
129 all out (26.5 overs)
Australia won by 229 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
20 March 2007
(scorecard)
Scotland 
186/8 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
188/3 (23.2 overs)
South Africa won by 7 wickets
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
22 March 2007
(scorecard)
Scotland 
136 all out (34.1 overs)
v
 Netherlands
140/2 (23.5 overs)
Netherlands won by 8 wickets
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
24 March 2007
(scorecard)
Australia 
377/6 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
294 all out (48 overs)
Australia won by 83 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
 Sri Lanka 6 3 3 0 0 0 +3.493
 Bangladesh 4 3 2 0 1 0 −1.523
 India 2 3 1 0 2 0 +1.206
 Bermuda 0 3 0 0 3 0 −4.345
15 March 2007
(scorecard)
Sri Lanka 
321/6 (50 overs)
v
 Bermuda
78 all out (24.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 243 runs
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
17 March 2007
(scorecard)
India 
191 all out (49.3 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
192/5 (48.3 overs)
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
19 March 2007
(scorecard)
India 
413/5 (50 overs)
v
 Bermuda
156 all out (43.1 overs)
India won by 257 runs
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
21 March 2007
(scorecard)
Sri Lanka 
318/4 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
112 all out (37 of 46 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 198 runs (D/L)
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
23 March 2007
(scorecard)
Sri Lanka 
254/6 (50 overs)
v
 India
185 all out (43.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 69 runs
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
25 March 2007
(scorecard)
Bermuda 
94/9 (21 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
96/3 (17.3 of 21 overs)
Bangladesh won by 7 wickets (D/L)
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
 New Zealand 6 3 3 0 0 0 +2.138
 England 4 3 2 0 1 0 +0.418
 Kenya 2 3 1 0 2 0 −1.194
 Canada 0 3 0 0 3 0 −1.389
14 March 2007
(scorecard)
Canada 
199 all out (50 overs)
v
 Kenya
203/3 (43.2 overs)
Kenya won by 7 wickets
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
16 March 2007
(scorecard)
England 
209/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
210/4 (41 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
18 March 2007
(scorecard)
England 
279/6 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
228/7 (50 overs)
England won by 51 runs
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
20 March 2007
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
331/7 (50 overs)
v
 Kenya
183 all out (49.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 148 runs
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
22 March 2007
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
363/5 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
249/9 (49.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 114 runs
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
24 March 2007
(scorecard)
Kenya 
177 all out (43 overs)
v
 England
178/3 (33 of 43 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
 West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 0 +0.764
 Ireland 3 3 1 1 1 0 −0.092
 Pakistan 2 3 1 0 2 0 +0.089
 Zimbabwe 1 3 0 1 2 0 −0.886
13 March 2007
(scorecard)
West Indies 
241/9 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
187 all out (47.2 overs)
West Indies won by 54 runs
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
15 March 2007
(scorecard)
Ireland 
221/9 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
221 all out (50 overs)
Match tied
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
17 March 2007
(scorecard)
Pakistan 
132 all out (45.4 overs)
v
 Ireland
133/7 (41.4 overs)
Ireland won by 3 wickets (D/L)
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
19 March 2007
(scorecard)
Zimbabwe 
202/5 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
204/4 (47.5 overs)
West Indies won by 6 wickets
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
21 March 2007
(scorecard)
Pakistan 
349 all out (49.5 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
99 all out (19.1 of 20 overs)
Pakistan won by 93 runs (D/L)
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
23 March 2007
(scorecard)
Ireland 
183/8 (48 overs)
v
 West Indies
190/2 (38.1 of 48 overs)
West Indies won by 8 wickets (D/L)
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Super 8 stage[edit]

The top two teams in each first-round group moved on to a "super eight" stage which is scored as a complete round-robin. But each of the eight teams played only six new matches, rather than seven— each group's two representatives carried forward their result against each other rather than play again. Thus the table below, showing seven matches for each team, covers all matches between the Super 8 qualifiers, including those from the Group Stage.

Teams depicted in green backgrounds qualified for the semi-finals.

Team Pts Pld W T L NR RF OF RA OB NRR
 Australia 14 7 7 0 0 0 1725 266.1 1314 322 +2.4
 Sri Lanka 10 7 5 0 2 0 1586 301.1 1275 337 +1.483
 New Zealand 10 7 5 0 2 0 1378 308 1457 345.1 +0.253
 South Africa 8 7 4 0 3 0 1561 299.1 1635 333.2 +0.313
 England 6 7 3 0 4 0 1557 344.4 1511 307.4 -0.394
 West Indies 4 7 2 0 5 0 1595 338.1 1781 337.1 -0.566
 Bangladesh 2 7 1 0 6 0 1084 318 1398 284 -1.514
 Ireland 2 7 1 0 6 0 1111 333 1226 242 -1.73
27 March 2007
Scorecard
Australia 
322/6 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
219 all out (45.3 overs)
 Australia won by 103 runs
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
28 March 2007
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
209 all out (49.3 overs)
v
 South Africa
212/9 (48.2 overs)
 South Africa won by 1 wicket
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
29 March 2007
Scorecard
West Indies 
177 all out (44.4 overs)
v
 New Zealand
179/3 (39.2 overs)
 New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
30 March 2007
Scorecard
England 
266/7 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
218 all out (48.1 overs)
 England won by 48 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
31 March 2007
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
104/6 (22 overs)
v
 Australia
106/0 (13.5 of 22 overs)
 Australia won by 10 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
1 April 2007
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
303/5 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
190 all out (44.3 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 113 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
2 April 2007
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
174 all out (48.3 overs)
v
 New Zealand
178/1 (29.2 overs)
 New Zealand won by 9 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
3 April 2007
Scorecard
Ireland 
152/8 (35 overs)
v
 South Africa
165/3 (31.3 of 35 overs)
 South Africa won by 7 wickets (DL)
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
4 April 2007
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
235 all out (50 overs)
v
 England
233/8 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 2 runs
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
7 April 2007
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
251/8 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
184 all out (48.4 overs)
 Bangladesh won by 67 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
8 April 2007
Scorecard
England 
247 all out (49.5 overs)
v
 Australia
248/3 (47.2 overs)
 Australia won by 7 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
9 April 2007
Scorecard
New Zealand 
263/8 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
134 all out (37.4 overs)
 New Zealand won by 129 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
10 April 2007
Scorecard
South Africa 
356/4 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
289/9 (50 overs)
 South Africa won by 67 runs
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
11 April 2007
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
143 all out (37.2 overs)
v
 England
147/6 (44.5 overs)
 England won by 4 wickets
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
12 April 2007
Scorecard
New Zealand 
219/7 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
222/4 (45.1 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
13 April 2007
Scorecard
Ireland 
91 all out (30 overs)
v
 Australia
92/1 (12.2 overs)
 Australia won by 9 wickets
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
14 April 2007
Scorecard
South Africa 
193/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
196/5 (48.2 overs)
 New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
15 April 2007
Scorecard
Ireland 
243/7 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
169 all out (41.2 overs)
 Ireland won by 74 runs
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
16 April 2007
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
226 all out (49.4 overs)
v
 Australia
232/3 (42.4 overs)
 Australia won by 7 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
17 April 2007
Scorecard
England 
154 all out (48 overs)
v
 South Africa
157/1 (19.2 overs)
 South Africa won by 9 wickets
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
18 April 2007
Scorecard
Ireland 
77 all out (27.4 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
81/2 (10 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
19 April 2007
Scorecard
West Indies 
230/5 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
131 all out (43.5 overs)
 West Indies won by 99 runs
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
20 April 2007
Scorecard
Australia 
348/6 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
133 all out (25.5 overs)
 Australia won by 215 runs
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
21 April 2007
Scorecard
West Indies 
300 all out (49.5 overs)
v
 England
301/9 (49.5 overs)
 England won by 1 wicket
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
24 April – Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
  2  Sri Lanka 289/5  
  3  New Zealand 208  
 
28 April – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
      Sri Lanka 215/8
    Australia 281/4
25 April – Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
  1  Australia 153/3
  4  South Africa 149  

Final[edit]

28 April 2007
Scorecard
Australia 
281/4 (38 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
215/8 (36 overs)
 Australia won by 53 runs (D/L)
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Final of 2007 Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and Australia

This was the first World Cup final to be a repeat – the sides previously met in the 1996 World Cup final, which Sri Lanka won. Australia had won every World Cup match against Sri Lanka apart from that loss.[17] The match was Sri Lanka's second World Cup final appearance and Australia's sixth, their fourth in a row. Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. However, the start of play was delayed due to rain, and the match was reduced to 38 overs per side. Adam Gilchrist played an incredible innings of 149 – the highest for any batsman in a World Cup final – to give Australia an imposing total going in at the break.[18]

A large crowd of over 10,000 fans welcome the Australian team on completing the first World Cup hat-trick – Martin Place, Sydney.

While Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya were adding 116 for the second wicket, the contest was alive, but after the pair got out, Sri Lanka's chances slowly washed away.[18] Further rain forced the reduction of Sri Lanka's innings to just 36 overs, with the target revised to 269. At the end of the 33rd over, with Sri Lanka still trailing the adjusted Duckworth-Lewis target by 37 runs, the umpires suspended the game due to bad light. While Australia's players began to celebrate their victory (since the minimum 20 overs had been reached), the umpires incorrectly announced that because the match was suspended due to light and not rain, the final three overs would have to be bowled the following day. With Sri Lanka needing 61 runs from 18 deliveries, Mahela Jayawardene agreed there was no need to return the following day, and instructed his team to resume batting, with Ricky Ponting agreeing to play only spinners. The umpires later apologised for their error: the match should have ended then with Australia winning by 37 runs.[19] The last three overs were played in almost complete darkness, during which Sri Lanka added nine runs, giving Australia a 53-run victory by the D-L method, as Sri Lanka had batted two overs fewer than they had.[20]

Australian captain Ricky Ponting

Australia won the tournament undefeated, concluding a streak of 29 World Cup games without a loss.[21] Australian bowler Glenn McGrath was named 'Player of the Series'.[22]

Controversies[edit]

Death of Bob Woolmer[edit]

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found dead on 18 March 2007, one day after his team's defeat to Ireland put them out of the running for the World Cup. Jamaican police performed an autopsy which was deemed inconclusive.[23] The following day police announced that the death was suspicious and ordered a full investigation.[24] Further investigation revealed the cause of death was "manual strangulation",[25] and that the investigation would be handled as a murder.[26] After a lengthy investigation the Jamaican police rescinded the comments that he was murdered, and confirmed that he died from natural causes.[27]

Criticism[edit]

The 2007 World Cup organizers were criticised early on for being over-commercialized and, in particular, the generally smaller crowds have been blamed on the ICC's security restrictions on things such as outside food, signs, replica kits and musical instruments, despite Caribbean cricketing customs,[28] as well as the authorities being accused of "running [cricket and cricketing traditions] out of town, then sanitising it out of existence".[29] Sir Viv Richards echoed the concerns.[30] The ICC were also condemned for high prices for tickets and concessions, which were considered unaffordable for the local population in many of the locations.[31] ICC CEO, Malcolm Speed, said that the ICC recognised the problem but said it was the local organizers' fault.[32] However, the later matches had more crowds as the tournament progressed with the local organizers easing restrictions.[33] Although they did not meet the target of US$42m, the revenue from ticket sales was double the ticket sales revenue from the last world cup and recorded the highest ticketing revenue for a Cricket World Cup with more than $32 million in ticket revenue.[10][11][34]

The World Cup was also criticised by the BCCI for its format because India failed to move on from the group stage after losing two matches after playing just 3 matches. The BCCI later claimed it would see to it that the ICC will alter its World Cup format for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[35] The elimination of India and Pakistan also caused a large exodus of subcontinental fans from the Caribbean, and removed the prospect of an India vs Pakistan Super Eights match, generally considered one of the most revenue generating and electric matches in the tournament.

The tournament was also criticised as being too long. At 6 weeks, it was the same length as the 2003 World Cup, but longer than the 5-week 1999 World Cup and the 4-week 1996 World Cup. The famous West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding also criticised the qualification process for the 2007 World Cup. Holding expressed doubts over the benefit to less established teams of turning up and being heavily defeated.[36] However, former Scotland captain George Salmond claims that the opportunity to play one-day cricket against the bigger teams is invaluable for smaller teams such as his own, and questioned the validity of Holding's statements.[37] The majority of the experts and players participating in the tournament backed up the smaller teams taking part in the World Cup.[38] This was further backed up with Ireland and Bangladesh making the Super 8s and being competitive and sportsmanlike throughout the tournament.[39]

Further criticism was generated by the confusion at the end of the final match, during which the umpires suspended play due to bad light and while official announcements and the scoreboard declared Australia the winners and the Australian team celebrated, while the umpires incorrectly insisted that the game was only suspended not completed, and that 3 overs remained to be played. And so in farcical light conditions, Sri Lanka batted out the 3 overs following a gentleman's agreement between the two captains.[40] The umpires and ICC apologised for the unnecessary situation and cited it as an unnecessary fundamental error due to the pressure of the situation.[41] In June the ICC announced that the officials involved – onfield umpires Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar, reserve umpires Rudi Koertzen and Billy Bowden, and match referee Jeff Crowe – would all be suspended from the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship.[42]

Preparation problems[edit]

A number of preparation problems surfaced before the start of the World Cup. Some of the venues were not complete by the opening ceremony on 11 March 2007.[43] At Sabina Park, seats had to be removed at the newly constructed north-stand due to safety concerns.[44] At Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica, ground staff were unable to gain admission to the ground during the warm up matches due to accreditation problems.[45] Additionally, South Africa and Australia both expressed concerns over practice facilities.[46]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ICC Consolidated Financial Statements for the 9 months ended 31 December 2007, accounting note 12.
  2. ^ In terms of number of wins, win percentage, and number of cups won. In fact, they were on top on all of these criteria from 1975 to 1987, and only in 2003 did Australia pass their number of cups won.
  3. ^ "Robert Bryan, executive director, Jamaica 2007 Cricket Limited (from www.jamaica-gleaner.com)". Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "World Cup 2007: Eyes Wide Shut by Claude Robinson from www.caribbeancricket.com". Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Cricket: 'Run wid it again!'". 24 April 2006. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  6. ^ Mark Pouchet (21 September 2006). "Brian Lara stadium exits World Cup". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "Sponsorship revenue". Archived from the original on 9 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "Taipai Times Editorial". Archived from the original on 23 March 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2007. 
  9. ^ "World Cup Overview". cricketworldcp.com. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2007. 
  10. ^ a b "World Cup profits boost debt-ridden Windies board". Content-usa.cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  11. ^ a b "ICC CWC 2007 Match Attendance Soars Past 400,000". Cricketworld.com. 24 April 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  12. ^ Fitzgerald, James (13 February 2007). "Scotland top of ICC Associate ODI Rankings after WCL Div. 1". ICC. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2014.  – Note: The ODIs in the WCL Division 1 were the last ODIs played by associates before the World Cup.
  13. ^ long, Jon (19 July 2005). "ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 match schedule announced". ICC. Archived from the original on 16 April 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  14. ^ "All set for grand opening of cricket's biggest showpiece". Indianmuslims.info. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  15. ^ a b "ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Playing Conditions" (PDF). Archived from the original on 26 February 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  16. ^ "World Cup seedings plan announced". Retrieved 9 April 2007. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Australia v Sri Lanka: World Cup Series Summary". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2007. 
  18. ^ a b "Gilchrist leads Australia to World Cup treble". Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 May 2007. 
  19. ^ "World Cup Referee apologize". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  20. ^ "World Cup final scorecard". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 30 April 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  21. ^ "Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup final, Barbados". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  22. ^ "ICC World Cup – Final". Cricinfo. 28 April 2007. Archived from the original on 30 April 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2007. 
  23. ^ "Woolmer's post-mortem inconclusive". CricInfo. 20 March 2007. Archived from the original on 24 March 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007. 
  24. ^ "Woolmer's death 'suspicious' – police". CricInfo. 21 March 2007. Archived from the original on 26 March 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007. 
  25. ^ Raedler, John. "Woolmer was strangled, police say". cnn. Archived from the original on 25 March 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2007. 
  26. ^ "Pakistan Woolmer death treated as murder". BBC. 23 March 2007. Archived from the original on 26 March 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007. 
  27. ^ "Woolmer 'dIED OF NATURAL CAUSES'". BBC. 12 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  28. ^ Tim de Lisle (3 April 2007). "A public relations disaster". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  29. ^ Mike Selvey (5 April 2007). "Weep for the ghosts of calypsos past in this lifeless forum". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  30. ^ "Richards attacks Cup organisation". BBC. 5 April 2007. Archived from the original on 6 May 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  31. ^ "Crushing the essence of the Caribbean". Cricinfo. 5 April 2007. Archived from the original on 19 May 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  32. ^ "Quote ... unquote". Cricinfo. 2007. Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  33. ^ "Barbados determined to restore local flavour". Cricinfo. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  34. ^ "Ticket sales double of previous World Cup – Dehring". Cricinfo. 16 April 2007. Archived from the original on 18 April 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  35. ^ "Former BCCI chief blames format for India's exit". Rediff.com. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  36. ^ "Holding slams World Cup minnows". 20 February 2007. Archived from the original on 1 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  37. ^ "ICC associates hit back at Holding for his remarks". Cricket.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16. [dead link]
  38. ^ "Bermuda have 'wonderful experience' in huge loss". Cricinfo. 16 March 2007. Archived from the original on 19 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  39. ^ Fitzgerald, James (22 April 2007). "Ireland ranked tenth in LG ICC ODI Championship". ICC. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  40. ^ "Awesome Australia but awful organising". Cricinfo. 28 April 2007. Archived from the original on 1 May 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  41. ^ "Speed apologises for light chaos". Cricinfo. 28 April 2007. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  42. ^ "World Cup officials banned by ICC". Cricinfo. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2007. 
  43. ^ "Some Cup venues still not ready". 11 March 2007. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  44. ^ "A week before the opening Cricket World Cup game, chinks appear at Sabina Park". 11 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  45. ^ Mike Atherton (12 March 2007). "Hosts hope calm is not followed by a storm". The Sunday Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  46. ^ "Warmup matches start amid last minute preparations". 4 March 2007. Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 

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