World Cup 'Potentially Greatest Ever' - Sharad Pawar

World Cup 'Potentially Greatest Ever' - Sharad Pawar
World Cup 'Potentially Greatest Ever' - Sharad Pawar
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International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar has hailed the Cricket World Cup 2011 as 'potentially the greatest ever' following the conclusion of the group stages.

The tournament, co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, is now set to enter the quarter-final stages with Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies still in with a chance of victory.

"We have surely been treated to a real feast of 50-over cricket with some outstanding games," he said.

"Few who were in Bengaluru will forget the tied match between India and England or Ireland’s record-breaking triumph against England while the passion shown by the home supporters for the hosts Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka has been spectacular.

"The standard of cricket has been impressive and there is no doubt that 50-over cricket has a real attraction and an amazing appeal for players, spectators in the grounds and the hundreds of millions watching on television around the world.

"Some people have been predicting the demise of 50-over cricket but they have been proven wrong throughout ‘The Cup that Counts’. The television audience figures have set new records and the India v England match was the most viewed game in ICC Cricket World Cup history with multi-millions in India alone tuning in."

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