I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to watching some cricket over the next few weeks with the ICC Cricket World Cup starting in a couple of days. It has been 23 years since the World Cup was last hosted in Australia and New Zealand so it’s been quite a wait. I don’t think I’ll make my way down to Sydney to watch a match but all the Australian matches will be on free to air tv. There’s also a pirate channel online that I’m hoping will show all of the matches but I’ll let you find that yourselves
I’ll be putting small bets on to make the games a little more interesting as you just never know with these big tournaments. The one day format of the game is a little more predicatable than 20/20 matches but there’s still plenty of unknowns out to take our money! So I’ll be checking all the bookmakers out to see what promotional offers they have and I’ll be betting very selectively.
If I had to choose an overall winner I would say Australia, duh I’m biased, but South Africa could also be hanging onto the cup at the end of the tournament. Sportsbet is paying $3 for an Australian win, $3.75 for a South African win, $5.50 for a New Zealand win, $10 for an Indian win, and $10 for an England win. If you’re really adventurous (and like throwing money away) you could look at a United Arab Emirates or a Scotland win paying $5,001.
World Cup Tipping Competition
If you’re not going to put a bet on, you might want to look at the Cricket Australia tipping competition on their website. There’s $10,000 for winning the competition too. I’m assuming it’s only open to Australians but I could be wrong. They asked for way too many details to sign up to it, which made me very hesitant, but I pushed through and signed up anyway (I don’t trust anyone online!).
So, here’s my picks for the first week of the ICC World Cup. I’m pretty confident with them all except for the UAE match. I picked them to beat Zimbabwe and predicted a 216 winning score, mostly because I thought it would be the most likely upset.
I was just reading that captain Michael Clarke will sit out the first match against England on Saturday. He pulled up well after the recent match against the United Arab Emirates, with the top score of 63 but selectors decided to play it safe and bring the recovering Clarke back in the Australia v Bangladesh match on the 21st of February. Clarke’s batting average for all World Cup tournaments is 83.63 with a total of 669 runs scored.
Anyways, good luck if you’re betting on the World Cup. Let me know of any bookmaker specials worth going with!