In reply to CricSham
telling yuh. look at rugby. 25 years ago, the rugby world cup was a foregone conclusion. either the boks, the all blacks and to a lesser extent england and australia were going to be the champions. This year, none of those sides came in as favorites. Ireland and France were everyone's favorites with both beating the boks and nz in the first round. Cricket has gone in the oppoite direction. 1996 Sri Lanka were world cup champs, 2003 kenya made the semis, beating sri lanka on the way. england were nowhere on the radar for all of the latter half of the 90s and were rubbish in 2003 and 2007. the sport has inverted where now sri lanka has declined alarmingly, kenyan cricket is extinct(WI heading down that same road) and people only tolerate bangladesh because they have a big market.