We preview the 2023 World Cup – the muted build-up, BCCI apathy, and how the conditions could play such a big role in how some teams progress. Could South Africa or New Zealand finally win the big prize? Can Pakistan overcome their spin-bowling drawbacks. Can Bangladesh make the semi-final? Or will India be too strong when playing at home?
- Is this the most tepid build-up for an ODI World Cup?
- Why can’t the BCCI be nice to anybody?
- A World Cup that could be won between overs 15 and 40
- South Africa’s challenge on bowler-friendly pitches
- New Zealand’s highly experienced side
- The “Pakistan problem” that Pakistan, England, and Australia confront
- India’s No.8 problem – with Axar injury giving Ashwin a chance
- The importance of Hardik Pandya to India’s plans
- Why Bangladesh have a serious chance if conditions favor spin
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)
Buy The Summer Game by Gideon Haigh (recently republished by 81allout)
- Previous 81allout episodes on World Cups – 2011, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003
- Right-hand batting heavy India strong favorites yet again – Sidharth Monga – ESPNcricinfo
- Buy War Minus the Shooting by Mike Marqusee – Amazon
- Bharat Arun interview – 81allout podcast
- War Minus the Shooting – Revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic book – 81allout podcast
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