New Delhi: The countdown for the most coveted ICC trophy – World Cup (50-overs) – has started, as the event is mere 100 days away, starting from Thursday.
The quadrennial event is scheduled to take place in Trans-Tasman nations, starting from second month of next year, where 14 teams will fight for the title.
India will be defending their world title, which they won four years back after beating Sri Lanka in the final at Wankhede stadium. But it won't be an easy task for the 'Men in Blue' as they don't have an impressive track-record while playing in that part of the globe.
In fact, for most of the subcontinent countries, it's going to be a difficult ask. Whereas, on the other hand, Australia and New Zealand, co-hosts of the tournament, will get the home advantage and certainly have a good chance to lift the prestigious trophy.
But South Africa, like most of the times, are among strong contenders to lift the trophy. And having a strong team, they can create history, this time around, by winning their maiden World Cup title.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan would also be among the title contenders.
But for the minnows like UAE, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Scotland and Afghnistan it would be good learning curve to play against the best of the teams in the world.
From Bangladesh, one can expect few major upsets but as far as their chances are concerned they are not looking upbeat to even reach the semi-final stage.
Erratic West Indies can be emerged as the dark horse of the tournament as they have some quality players at their disposal, who are capable of changing the course of the game single-handedly.
So as the countdown for the biggest cricketing carnival has started, all the teams should now pull up their socks to give their best shot.