2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

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.

Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A diving JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a cover drive shot while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a lofted cover drive on one knee while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid being run into during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid a collision during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the S.C.G members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after  wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the grant southern stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the Great Southern Stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian side won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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