Friday, March 09, 2007

Cricket World Cup 2007

World Cup 2007 is upon us; the squads have landed in the West Indies and a flurry of warm-up matches are already underway. The real action starts Tuesday March 13th, when host nation The West Indies take on Pakistan at Sabina Park.

As part of my preparations, I've scoured satellite footage for the exact location of each World Cup venue. Considering that construction hadn't started on some sites when the satellite imagery was taken, this was no trivial task! The good news is that Google Maps
/ Earth imagery for the West Indies is pretty freaking good. The better news is I'm sharing my results!

Tour the Venues in Google Earth

Fly to each of the 12 venues hosting matches in this years World Cup in Google Earth using the World Cup 2007 Venues KML file.



Live World Cricket Map

The Live World Cricket Map Google Homepage module is a Maps mashup that's updated constantly
to show every cricket match for that day on a world map -- pitch perfect positioning shows you exactly where the games are being played. For the duration of the World Cup the World Cricket Map is centered directly on the West Indies. There's also a bigger version of the same mashup available at The Cricketing Yak for your viewing pleasure.

I'm embedding this widget into my blog for the duration of the World Cup - check out the top right!

World Cricket Calendar

Keep track of the action on the World Cricket Google Calendar that now includes updated map references for all the World Cup venues. I'll be updating the Super 16's and finals details once we know who's playing in them.

The Cricketing Yak's World Test Venues Map

This Google Maps mashup features all the official Test cricket venues for each test playing nation, and now also includes the precise location of all 12 World Cup 2007 venues. As well as the exact location of each venue, you'll see live weather forecasts, seating plans, live webcam links, and a picture of the stadium.


Just The Venues

If you want the venues without the fruit, here they are for your viewing pleasure:

Three Ws Oval, Arnos Vale Ground, Trelawny Stadium, Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium,Kensington Oval, Queens Park, Providence Stadium, Sabina Park, Warner Park, Beausejour Stadium, Queen's Park Oval.

Other Resources

For everything else CricInfo have created an outstanding dedicated World Cup 2007 microsite that's an unparalleled resource for all things cricket, so be sure to check that out.

For expert commentary from a member of the CricInfo commentary team, check out Will Luke's personal cricketing blog, The Corridor.

And finally, there's a distinct possibility that Google will be providing some tools to cover the action, check out http://www.google.com/cricket on Tuesday!

3 comments:

  1. Indian version is up:
    http://www.google.co.in/cricket

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  2. The World Cup 2007 is not looking the same without India and Pakistan. It is a great shock that the two neighbouring asian countries, known for their fierce rivalry and for the passion of their cricket fans, is not taking part in the tournament.They have been moved out from group stage matches. They have only themselves to blame as they played poor cricket and deserved to be knocked out. I think the players let their teams down when the whole world was
    watching carefully.

    I am just hoping that the World Cup will get the rhythm again and become a lot more interesting in the coming days but the 2007 edition will always be remembered for Bob Woolmer’s murder rather than for the results during the event.
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  3. Anonymous1:45 pm BST

    yeah true.ths was very unpredictable world cup.next world cup will be on Aisia it may benifit Pakistan and India
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