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Super Eights and Super Sixes in cricket World Cups

World Cup 1999

Super Sixes in Cricket World Cup:

In the 1999 Cricket World Cup and in 2003 Cricket World Cup, super six stage was introduced. The toppers of each group qualified for this stage. These 6 teams then played all three teams from the other group. The top 4 on the points table moved on to the knock out round.

1999 Cricket World Cup:

In 1999 Cricket World Cup New Zealand cricket team, Pakistan cricket team, Australian cricket team and South African cricket team reached the semi finals after being successful in the super sixes stage of 1999 World Cup cricket.

2003 Cricket World Cup:

In 2003 Cricket World Cup, Australian cricket team, Srilankan cricket team, Kenya and Indian cricket team were the top four teams which qualified for the semi finals of 2003 Cricket world cup after being successful in the super sixes stage.

Super Eights in Cricket World Cup:

2007 Cricket world cup was unique in the sense it was the first world cup which was organized in the West Indies. 9th World Cup cricket was unique as it has Super Eight stage. The top teams from each group battled in the Super Eight stage and the top four moved forward to the semi finals of World Cup cricket 2007. New Zealand cricket team, Sri lanka, Australia and South Africa qualified for the semi finals of 2003 Cricket world cup.

As a matter of fact ICC has tried many formats of conducting cricket world cup so far. Although all others have also gained popularity, the system of 8 teams leading into quarter finals and then have at least 7 matches in the knock out stage is the most appreciated. This super sixes and super Eight style has gained popularity, but as it offers more flexibility, level of competition is low. In other words, knock outs make the world cups more interesting for the viewers.

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