Be it big businesses or major breakthroughs in science and technology, they have all started with a vague idea or in the backdrop of humble beginnings. Dreaming big is the under-structure on which destiny is charted. When the cricket World Cup was launched in 1975, very few would have envisaged that a record crowd of 93,013 would watch the 2015 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. As the old saying goes, “mighty oaks from little acorns grow”.
The seeds for the birth of the inaugural World Cup was sowed in 1971 when Australia and England locked horns in the first-ever ODI at the MCG after persistent rain washed out the Test. With dwindling crowds for Test cricket, the then International Cricket Conference decided to hold a “World Cup as soon as practicable” in the annual meeting in 1972. Eventually, the tournament was confirmed on July 25, 1973 by the ICC. Incidentally, the governing body officially declared the tournament would take place only three days before the maiden Women’s World Cup final between England and Australia in 1973.
One of the key hurdles to holding the tournament was the troubled relationship between India and Pakistan in the backdrop of the 1965 War. Due to the war, the arch-rivals hadn’t played a bilateral Test rubber since 1960-61. The heads of the two nations began talks over resuming cricketing ties in the important governing body meeting held in 1972. Without India and Pakistan, the ICC would have been left with too few nations. By then, South Africa also had been suspended due to apartheid…. Read More>>