What a World Cup! I was enthralled from start to finish. Admittedly I had to follow most games on radio, but there were plenty of great matches. Even the Associate Nations were putting on a great show. Gripping finishes in the Ireland UAE, Ireland Zimbabwe, and Afghanistan Scotland fixtures provided some great entertainment. Cricket's magical minnows have made it.
After criticism for prior World Cups drawn out nature, the ICC have moved to shrink the number of nations in the cup finals. This will surely mean less chance for developing teams to appear on the top stage. The great show put on by the 2nd tier nations this time around won't change the 'turning circle of the Queen Mary' ICC from their path, which is a shame. Well, I'll be pushing to keep more nations in Cricket's show piece event. Here is a suggestion, If you want less matches overall and a shorter tournament, just follow FIFA's example. Use smaller groups for the first stage, which means less matches for everybody, but plenty of nations on show. Maybe 4 groups of 4 could work. Anyway I'm sure all of the smaller cricketing nations will be busting down the ICC's door to ensure their future in the Cup.