Tips for the Non-Cricketer: World Cup 2015 Finals are Here

Cricket World Cup 2015 – Opportunity to build rapport before Finals, March 29th, 2015 Cricket_World_Cup_2015

Forward short leg. Silly mid off. Leg slip. Extra cover. Cow corner. These are only some of the many field positions in the game called Cricket. If you are not familiar with these terms, you might not know that the International Cricket Council 2015 World Cup tournament, held every four years, is currently being played in Australia and New Zealand, ending March 29th (March 28th in U.S. time zones).

If you have friends, colleagues or team members from New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, South Africa, or the West Indies (countries which have made it to the knock out stage), it would be a great gesture to send them a message wishing their team good luck in winning the world cricket championship. One of these eight teams will win the tournament and retain bragging rights for the next four years.

Now, back to our Cricket 101 lesson. The fourteen teams that are participating in this tournament had been split into two pools, each consisting of seven teams. Pool A includes New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, Afghanistan, and Scotland. Pool B includes India, Pakistan, South Africa, Ireland, West Indies*, Zimbabwe, and the United Arab Emirates.

India is the defending champion, aptly called “a cricket-crazy nation.” 

Some tournament highlights that are fodder for conversation: The opening game was played between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on February 14.  Perhaps the most anticipated game at the pool stage was the game between rivals India and Pakistan played on February 15. India won this game convincingly, and maintained its perfect record against Pakistan in world cup cricket matches. 

Each of the remaining games will start at 2.30 pm local time (NZ/AUS) and could last for over seven hours. If you were in California, this means that games played in Australia will start at 8.30 pm PDT while the games played in New Zealand will start at 6.00 pm PDT. Each game could therefore end as late as 3.30 am PDT on the following day! Expect diehard fans who watch the entire game (if watching in the U.S.) to show up for work bleary-eyed and sleep deprived! The championship game will be played in Melbourne on March 29, and it is only after this game is over that life will return to normal in the cricketing world.


 *The West Indian cricket team is a multi-national cricket team representing a sporting confederation of 15 mainly English-speaking Caribbean countries, British dependencies and non-British dependencies.