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The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was the ninth edition of the tournament and 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. 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.

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


The 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean had what every glamorous event would like to avoid - the death of a coach, a final completed in darkness, early exits of favourites and only a few close matches. All these factors overshadowed Australia's hat-trick of World Cup titles.

2007 ICC Cricket World Cup

Logo of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup
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 Glenn McGrath
Most runs Matthew Hayden (659)
Most wickets Glenn McGrath (26)

Host selection

The World Cup was awarded to the West Indies via the International Cricket Council's rotational policy. It is the first time the 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.


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.
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The 2007 World Cup was dominated by Australia from start to finish. They steamrolled every opposition and won the Cup almost unchallenged.

The extent of the Australian domination can be realized from the fact that there 53-run victory in the Final was the narrowest margin of victory they had throughout the tournament.

Wide comparisons were being made to the West Indian side that went undefeated in two consecutive World Cups, a feat that Australia matched quite comfortably.


Venues

Eight venues across the West Indies were selected to host the World Cup final 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 stadium capacities shown are all seated capacities.
Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Grenada Guyana
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Kensington Oval
Capacity: 31,000
Queen's Park
Capacity: 20,000
Providence Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Jamaica Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Sabina Park
Capacity: 20,000
Warner Park Stadium
Capacity: 10,000
Beausejour Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Queen's Park Oval
Capacity: 25,000



Four additional venues hosted warm-up matches.
Country City Stadium Capacity Cost
Barbados Bridgetown 3Ws Oval 8,500
Jamaica Falmouth, Jamaica Greenfield Stadium 25,000 US$35 Million[3]
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kingstown Arnos Vale Stadium 18,000
Trinidad and Tobago St. Augustine Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground 22,000

The Jamaican Government spent US$81 million for "on the pitch" expenses.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.
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Qualification

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):
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • England
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • West Indies
  • Zimbabwe
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):
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Kenya
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Scotland
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The 47-day event was not even a one-week old when Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room in Jamaica. He was initially thought to have been ******ed before it was announced he died of natural causes. The former England batsman's death came hours after Pakistan's shock defeat against debutants Ireland, the loss eventually leading to the exit of the 1992 champions.


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Rahul Dravid's Indians made a horror start, losing to minnows Bangladesh in their opening match despite having exciting batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and the captain himself. It was one of the biggest upsets in the Cup history, eventually leading to India's ouster and leaving millions of fans back home disappointed.

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Records

See also: 2007 Cricket World Cup statistics

Record Performance Player Country
Most runs
659 M Hayden Australia
548 M Jayawardene Sri Lanka
539 R Ponting Australia
Most wickets
26 G McGrath Australia
23 M Muralitharan Sri Lanka
S Tait Australia
Most dismissals
(wicketkeeper)
17 A Gilchrist Australia
15 K Sangakkara Sri Lanka
14 B McCullum New Zealand
Most catches
(fielder)
8 P Collingwood England
G Smith South Africa
7 H Gibbs South Africa
E Morgan Ireland
M Hayden Australia
R Ponting Australia


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