The last Olympics featured 204 nations competing in over 300 events over 19 days; the last Fifa world cup had 32 teams & went for 32 days.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup however, consists of only 14 teams and 49 matches yet it goes on for 49 days….6 weeks!!
To put that into perspective a Pre-Season AFL tournament started & finished during the World Cup.
Some Journalists even went on holiday during the World Cup & came back without missing much.
I still don’t see what justification there is for a major sporting event to go on for so long. As the tournament went on, column inches in the papers shrunk which reflected the interest of the event as a whole. The ICC would argue that this was the most viewed, ‘tweeted’, ‘instagrammed’ & ‘facebooked’ event in the history of the sport. The genius at the ICC who came up with that fact obviously chose to ignore that more people use social media since the last World Cup. It’s like saying “more people travel internationally since the launch of commercial aviation.”
I doubt there would be one person that would argue cricket needs such a long world cup. If the reasoning is logistics & player wellbeing I point to the FIFA world cup; an event which has more teams, more matches & players prone to more fatigue than cricketers, not to mention it’s a much bigger event, yet it goes on for just over 1 month.
How is one-day cricket supposed to sell itself to the masses when a 6 week tournament only has 3 ‘exciting’ matches? One of which featured two countries that are semi-professional at best.
My suggestions are simple; keep the tournament to 14 teams, have the tournament in one country only, ensure every team plays at least twice a week & keep the tournament under 1 month.
I ended up covering 9 matches between Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand. It was an enjoyable World Cup from a photographer’s point of view; it was great to catch up with colleagues from all over the world, the cricket, whilst not exciting did provide some great images for most photographers. Below are a few of my own selects.
Australian Melbourne based Photojournalist. Asanka specialising in Photojournalism, Reportage, Documentary, Travel & Sports Photography. He works with some of the largest news services and publications in the world. His folio can be viewed at www.abrfoto.com
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