South Africa depart for the 2015 Cricket World Cup full of confidence, and rightly so. The six-week jamboree in Oceania is a long and drawn out affair, but meticulous planning, self-belief and a little bit of crafty marketing has left them in a much ger position than in previous tournaments.
If you live in Johannesburg and you haven’t got much going on tomorrow, you might want to get down Melrose Arch for a bit of fanfare as the South African cricket team is bid us farewell before they embark on their World Cup aentures. Sports minister Fikile Mbalula must be doing cartwheels at such a prime opportunity for publicity.
It’s still 10 days before tournament actually kicks off. From there, it’s a four-and-a-half-week long process before the knockout matches. If dedicated fans (and hardened reporters) manage to survive the sleep deprivation that comes with watching cricket in Oceania, the next rounds will be a breeze as Stockholm Syndrome sets in.
As far as grouping goes, South Africa definitely got the ‘easier’ route to qualifications. They face an Indian team who has seemingly forgotten how to win at home, a comically unpredictable Pakistan, a West Indies side they’ve …
Source : Daily Maverick