[PICTURES] Does India have it easier than the other teams in this year's ICC T20 World Cup?

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India are the only team to know their semi-final venue before the T20 World Cup 2024 starts on June 1. Here’s how the tournament schedule places them in an advantageous position.

India will enter the tournament with a burning desire to end their prolonged trophyless streak, having last won the Champions Trophy in 2013. They will begin their tournament opener on June 5 against Ireland. Their other games will be on June 12 (against the USA) and June 15, when they take on Canada.

Having won the inaugural edition in 2007, India, like always, will be one of the top contenders for the trophy. While they have announced a strong 15-member squad, ICC’s controversial scheduling offers them an edge.

The biggest-ever T20 World Cup

For the first time, 20 teams will take part in the competition, making it the biggest World Cup in this aspect. Unlike previous editions, a new format is in place for T20 World Cup 2024. The 20 sides are divided equally into four groups, with each having a seeding. They will play against each other once within the group in the first round.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 8 stage, where the remaining teams are slotted into two groups of four teams each. It’s worth mentioning that Super 8 groups are not dependent upon where the teams will finish during the group stage, as they will retain their first-round seeding, making it an already predictable route.

For example, even if England finish second in Group B and Australia first, England will still retain the A1 slot for the Super 8 stage.

In case, one of the two top-seeded teams doesn’t qualify, the team replacing them will be allotted the slot the seeded team was supposed to be in. For instance, if Scotland qualify instead of England, then they would assume the schedule of A1, which is England, in the second round.

If both A1 and A2 fail to qualify, then the group winner would assume the schedule of A1 and the runners-up of A2.

Placed in order of their seedings, India and Pakistan from Group A, England and Australia from Group B, New Zealand and West Indies from Group C and South Africa and Sri Lanka certainly are the favourites to advance to the Super 8 stage. Group C’s Afghanistan and Group D’s Bangladesh might be the potential threats for a rejig to the list but that looks highly unlikely given both are yet to crack the code in the format. Bangladesh’s confidence has been dented further with a recent T20I series defeat against co-hosts USA.

Talking about the rest of the teams, an upset here and there could be possible, but it would take something extraordinary for them to secure a second-round berth.

India allotted Guyana semi-final on June 27

Arguably, the most contentious decision from the tournament is India being allotted the Guyana semi-final slot on June 27 if they qualify for the knockout stage.

“If India qualifies for the semi-finals, they will play in the second semi-final scheduled for Guyana on the 27 June 2024,” says ICC’s playing conditions for T20 World Cup 2024.

While it’s an open secret that the financial bearings of a major global event heavily depend on the Indian audience, whether from a broadcasting point of view or in-venue support, ICC’s preferential treatment didn’t go well among many.

India have been likely given the second semi-final in Providence, Guyana, due to the friendlier match timings (8:00 pm IST) for its domestic audience contrary to the other top-four clash, which is scheduled to start at 6:00 am IST. And the scheduling would possibly help the fans to plan their travel itinerary better, bringing in more crowd support.

From a tactical point of view, interestingly, India have picked four spinners in the squad – the leg-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal, two left-arm orthodox allrounders Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel and one left-arm wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav – hinting they expect the pitches to assist tweakers.

Since the semi-final will take place at 10:30 am local time, another factor that could work in India’s favour is the absence of dew, enabling their spin-heavy attack to grip the ball better.

It remains to be seen whether BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s assurance of India becoming the champions under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy turns out to be true.

 
All this advantage will vanish if India has to face Australia in the world cup knockout stage.
 
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Of course. They are the richest and highest revenue generating Cricket board. They are well taken care of.
 
Practice game and a minnow game in New York before Pakistan game there who have no practice or actual game in New york.
 
India practices in New York, plays warm-up matches in New York, faces Ireland in New York, and then plays against Pakistan on June 9th in New York.

pakistan plays USA in dallas and then india in new york.
 
All this advantage will vanish if India has to face Australia in the world cup knockout stage.
Actually, this has not been done with giving India an advantage. This has been done so the broadcasters can make money. Any and all ICC events have to be on prime time in India. If not, no money for broadcaster, no money to the ICC and consequently, not money for any of the boards!

Another reason, the fans can get their tickets without uncertainty.

The advantage to the team is just a by product. I don't think anyone cares if they win or not. As long as money is made.
 
India practices in New York, plays warm-up matches in New York, faces Ireland in New York, and then plays against Pakistan on June 9th in New York.

pakistan plays USA in dallas and then india in new york.
More to do with size of Dallas stadium. It can house only 7000 people. For India crowd will be much larger. Even for warm up there were about 20000 people at NY. That is the reason why India plays all their matches at New york. THey have spent 30 million dollars to build that stadium. They pay $100000 for every match to the county. How will they recover without larger audience. These are financial reasons. None of the result matters anyway as their spots are already decided for second round regardless where they finish in their group.
 
We won't qualify for semis. DOn't worry :) All this discussions will become moot.
i think this time everyone can qualify. thats the beauty of having more teams
Sa,Nz,Eng,Aus,Wi,india,Sl, pakistan everyone is capable to qualify for semis it will be fun tourny
 
Actually, this has not been done with giving India an advantage. This has been done so the broadcasters can make money. Any and all ICC events have to be on prime time in India. If not, no money for broadcaster, no money to the ICC and consequently, not money for any of the boards!

Another reason, the fans can get their tickets without uncertainty.

The advantage to the team is just a by product. I don't think anyone cares if they win or not. As long as money is made.
So India are practically doing charity for the unfortunate and underprivileged. :vk
 
How is no dew an advantage specifically for India?

India gets to play a warm up in NY because it was agreed upon by India and BD.

Nobody stopped Pakistan from going over there and playing a warm up to sus the conditions out .
 
So India are practically doing charity for the unfortunate and underprivileged. :vk
That seems to be the situation. Where 90% of revenues come from one board, one country. A very imbalanced state of affairs. Something that needs to be changed.

That change has to come from ICC. At the same time, the other boards need to pull up their socks and step up. But sadly, that will not happen. Because that involves actually taking/making an effort, working to make things happen. We all know that all these people are currently very comfortable just sitting back and let the BCCI money fall into their laps.
 
That seems to be the situation. Where 90% of revenues come from one board, one country. A very imbalanced state of affairs. Something that needs to be changed.

That change has to come from ICC. At the same time, the other boards need to pull up their socks and step up. But sadly, that will not happen. Because that involves actually taking/making an effort, working to make things happen. We all know that all these people are currently very comfortable just sitting back and let the BCCI money fall into their laps.

What effort, BCCI is just fortunate they have over a billion in population, a population that is sky rocketing to 2 billion in the next 40 years.

There’s going to be a point where BCCI will have to allocate seats on the roof of the stadium for the spectators.
 
Also, now that it’s Wisden reporting this, we shouldn’t be seeing our neighbours talking about “Pakistani conspiracies”.
 
No advantage for Ind. WC 2023 final showes you have to play better on the day ti win. That's been the case forever in cricket. All these are excuses. And this is just some masala content for the gullible masses. Guys should stop whining about these silly things.

Even otherwise- i don't believe ind deserves to qualify for sf. The article assumes ind is already playing the sf. Well ind if they qualify to groip stage - play aus nz sl. And jay shah is now assuring ind will win the t20wc- what a joke?? Like he did in 2023 odi WC??
 
What effort, BCCI is just fortunate they have over a billion in population, a population that is sky rocketing to 2 billion in the next 40 years.

There’s going to be a point where BCCI will have to allocate seats on the roof of the stadium for the spectators.
Off topic but ind population will still be only 1.6b in 2050 and starts reducing and is 1.5b in 2100. Pak population now is 225m, in 2050 it is 366m, in 2100 its 487m. That's some explosive population growth.

Pak even now should be the 2nd richest cricket board based on your analysis. Eng and aus boards are way richer than pcb with a tiny fraction of pak population and cricket not even their most popular game. That should tell you something. Psl had vacant stadiums for a few of their matches. Even bbl cpl matches are better attended
 
Playing in New york ( that too 4 games in a row) seems to have its own disadvantage based on this comment from Rahul Dravid. In contrast Dallas ground doesn't have such issues.


"the ground is a bit soft and spongy, guys could feel the effect on the hamstring and calves".
 
What effort, BCCI is just fortunate they have over a billion in population, a population that is sky rocketing to 2 billion in the next 40 years.

There’s going to be a point where BCCI will have to allocate seats on the roof of the stadium for the spectators.
The effort I am talking about is needed from the other side. The ICC and the rest of the boards that are happily kissing the BCCI's rear end.

Just having a huge population will do zilch. You need to have a thriving economy, people making good money, people having a good amount of disposable income. Enough disposable income to spend on multiple avenues of entertainment. That is when something can be marketed. Does India have this? Population with no money is just a dud.
 
many Indian soldiers have came to the rescue in this thread. LOL.

Lol who cares India doesn't have it in them to win the tournament. They are just not good enough.

Even though they are getting everything in the platter but they will still screw the things up. LOL.
 
Easy was 2023 WC.

It is all about finances now. Need the crowd pullers and NYC is it. Makes sense because if the Dallas 7K crowd was anything to go by, then the NYC stadium makes perfect sense.
 
The effort I am talking about is needed from the other side. The ICC and the rest of the boards that are happily kissing the BCCI's rear end.

Just having a huge population will do zilch. You need to have a thriving economy, people making good money, people having a good amount of disposable income. Enough disposable income to spend on multiple avenues of entertainment. That is when something can be marketed. Does India have this? Population with no money is just a dud.
Then why does India have 600 millions in poverty and over 500 millions don't even have toilet in their homes. LOL.
 
Then why does India have 600 millions in poverty and over 500 millions don't even have toilet in their homes. LOL.
That is what bogles me. Yet the entire cricketing world relies on India for $$$$.
 
That is what bogles me. Yet the entire cricketing world relies on India for $$$$.
Australia has population of 26 million, UK 66 million, Pakistan 235 million, Bangladesh 171 million. Australia is the 2nd richest cricket board in the world. UK 3rd richest. We shouldn't confuse between cricket administration and livelihood of general population. Cricket is popular in Bangladesh, Pakistan as much as it is in India. But Pakistan is unabel to tap into it. It is a fascinating story how BCCI got to this point. At one point in the 90s BCCI had to pay money to DOordasrhan to telecast and they were running at a massive loss.
 
Australia has population of 26 million, UK 66 million, Pakistan 235 million, Bangladesh 171 million. Australia is the 2nd richest cricket board in the world. UK 3rd richest. We shouldn't confuse between cricket administration and livelihood of general population. Cricket is popular in Bangladesh, Pakistan as much as it is in India. But Pakistan is unabel to tap into it. It is a fascinating story how BCCI got to this point. At one point in the 90s BCCI had to pay money to DOordasrhan to telecast and they were running at a massive loss.
Right. I am sure there has been a lot of work put into it for India to be where they are. Given what you are saying, it has been a 30+ year journey to the present.

But for some reason @followed thinks there is no effort (what effort?). Huge population, therefore $$$ flow.
 
Right. I am sure there has been a lot of work put into it for India to be where they are. Given what you are saying, it has been a 30+ year journey to the present.

But for some reason @followed thinks there is no effort (what effort?). Huge population, therefore $$$ flow.
One of the biggest catalyst is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. India literally was riding on his back in the late 90s.
 
One of the biggest catalyst is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. India literally was riding on his back in the late 90s.
You had a lot of other good players in 1990s as well. Tendulkar was a superior batsman but you can’t discount out Azharudin, Sidhu, Kumble, Srinath and for a period Prasad. Kumble, Sidhu and Azhardudin orchestrated many home wins. Then in 1996 David and Ganguly emerged as well.
 
You had a lot of other good players in 1990s as well. Tendulkar was a superior batsman but you can’t discount out Azharudin, Sidhu, Kumble, Srinath and for a period Prasad. Kumble, Sidhu and Azhardudin orchestrated many home wins. Then in 1996 David and Ganguly emerged as well.
You are talking about cricketing aspect. I am talking about economy. He was the one who opened teh pandora's box which enabled BCCI to become a cash cow. He inadvertently became a pioneer when he was signed up for 100 crore deal by World Tel.
 
If population is benchmark of success then Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Brazil should mop up the medal floor.
 
What effort, BCCI is just fortunate they have over a billion in population, a population that is sky rocketing to 2 billion in the next 40 years.

There’s going to be a point where BCCI will have to allocate seats on the roof of the stadium for the spectators.
You realise that Pakistan is the nation expected to double their population in the future, not India?
 
Think the lessons on population growth etc has been excellent

The next post should be on topic.
 
Of course. They are the richest and highest revenue generating Cricket board. They are well taken care of.
I mean pcb is the 4th highest and NZ is the poorest. Logically PCB should be well > Teams like sa or NZ but when we beat nz or sa it's mostly considered an upset.

Logically Pakistan has a bigger population hence more talent pool, their own league, 4th richest board yet can't even paint a goddamn roof.

Bcci may be the richest but you have to factor in their population + their own politics while better then Pakistan isn't exactly perfect. Ranji trophy standards are great but IPL video game pitches + their constant overrealiance on playing till 40+ does hinder them alot.

Their still the 3rd strongest team of the tournament though.
 
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