World Cup Scheduling is Bangladesh’s friend

Had a brief look at the Cricket World Cup fixtures, didn’t see anything of interest – with 40 odd days to play nine matches each, there would be plenty of time between games so no need to take fatigue into account.

Actually, the fixture list has some unnecessary oddities. There are two occasions when a team plays twice in three days.

Afghanistan follow their match against India on 22nd June with one against Bangladesh on the 24th.

Then India have their own congestion when their 30th June game against England is followed by – you’ve guessed it- Bangladesh on the 2nd July.

Individual performances in the Royal London One Day Cup shows that when bowlers have had less rest than the batsmen they are bowling to, the batsmen get an boost. This was particularly clear cut when teams played twice in three days.

Bangladesh may have a better chance of making the semi finals than the 18% implied by the bookies.

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