2003 Cricket World Cup

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The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was the eighth Cricket World Cup, organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC).wikipedia
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Cricket World Cup

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The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was the eighth Cricket World Cup, organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The best performance by a non-full-member team came when Kenya made the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament.

Kenya national cricket team

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Similarly, New Zealand forfeited their match with Kenya, due to security reasons which enabled the latter to reach the semi-finals, the only non-Test playing nation to do so. The 10 Test playing nations automatically qualified for the tournament including the recently appointed member Bangladesh, while Kenya also qualified automatically due to their full One Day International status.
Since then they have played in five Cricket World Cups from 1996 to 2011 with their best result being a semi-final appearance at the 2003 Cricket World Cup in Southern Africa.

Zimbabwe national cricket team

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England forfeited their match with Zimbabwe, due to the political unrest in the country, which ultimately enabled that team to reach the Super Sixes.
Increasing politicisation of cricket, including selectorial policy, along with the declining situation in Zimbabwe disrupted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, which was jointly hosted by Zimbabwe and South Africa.

2003 Cricket World Cup Final

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The tournament was eventually won by Australia who won all 11 of their matches, beating India in the final played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
It marked the culmination of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, the eighth edition of the tournament.

Shoaib Akhtar

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Pakistani player Shoaib Akhtar also set a world record, becoming the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a record top speed of 161.3km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England.
He is recognized as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record top speed of 160km/h (100.23mph) (Although it was a wide ball) in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

England cricket team

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The tournament saw numerous upsets, with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies and England all being eliminated at the group stage (South Africa missed by 1 run after misreading the Duckworth-Lewis method rules).
By 2003 though, having endured another Ashes drubbing as well as another first-round exit from the World Cup, Hussain resigned as captain after one Test against South Africa.

2001 ICC Trophy

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The other three spots were filled by the top three teams in the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada, which served as a qualifying tournament.
It was the qualifying tournament for the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

Namibia national cricket team

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These teams were, respectively, the Netherlands who won the ICC Trophy, Canada and Namibia.
They took part in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, though they lost all their games.

Canada national cricket team

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These teams were, respectively, the Netherlands who won the ICC Trophy, Canada and Namibia.
After that, Canada did not make another World Cup until 2003, although they remained one of the leading associate teams.

Bangladesh national cricket team

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The 10 Test playing nations automatically qualified for the tournament including the recently appointed member Bangladesh, while Kenya also qualified automatically due to their full One Day International status.
South Africa hosted the 2003 World Cup in February and March.

Pakistan national cricket team

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The tournament saw numerous upsets, with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies and England all being eliminated at the group stage (South Africa missed by 1 run after misreading the Duckworth-Lewis method rules).

Netherlands national cricket team

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These teams were, respectively, the Netherlands who won the ICC Trophy, Canada and Namibia.
They thus qualified for the 2003 World Cup.

South Africa national cricket team

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The tournament saw numerous upsets, with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies and England all being eliminated at the group stage (South Africa missed by 1 run after misreading the Duckworth-Lewis method rules).
South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, but failed to progress beyond the group stage due to a misunderstanding of how many runs they needed to score in a rain-affected run chase.

West Indies cricket team

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The tournament saw numerous upsets, with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies and England all being eliminated at the group stage (South Africa missed by 1 run after misreading the Duckworth-Lewis method rules).

Shane Warne

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Another shock wave came two days after the tournament had started, when Shane Warne, at the time one of the game's leading spinners, was sent home in disgrace after testing positive for a banned substance.
The injury not only ruled him out of the remainder of the Ashes series, but put him in doubt for the World Cup, due to commence in February 2003.

Africa

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This edition of the World Cup was the first to be played in Africa.
The three countries jointly hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand national cricket team

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Similarly, New Zealand forfeited their match with Kenya, due to security reasons which enabled the latter to reach the semi-finals, the only non-Test playing nation to do so.

Kenya

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It was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 9 February to 23 March 2003.
They upset some of the world's best teams and reached the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament.

Durban

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Durban hosted matches in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Johannesburg

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The tournament was eventually won by Australia who won all 11 of their matches, beating India in the final played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
In cricket, the Highveld Lions represent Johannesburg, the rest of Gauteng as well as the North West Province at the Wanderers Stadium which was the venue for the 2003 Cricket World Cup Final in which Australia successfully defended their title against India.

Paarl

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Paarl hosted a match from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.

SuperSport Park

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This ground was a venue for 2003 Cricket World Cup and the Indian Premier League 2009 which took place in South Africa.

Gymkhana Club Ground

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It hosted two matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

One Day International

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The 10 Test playing nations automatically qualified for the tournament including the recently appointed member Bangladesh, while Kenya also qualified automatically due to their full One Day International status.

City Oval

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The 12,000 capacity stadium is currently used predominantly for cricket matches, with the ground being used by KwaZulu-Natal Inland men's and women's teams, KwaZulu-Natal and Dolphins (who also play at Kingsmead, Durban), and hosted two matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.