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