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    Some World Cup squad stats

    India have the most ODI caps with 2225 (avg. 148), closely followed by Sri Lanka (2217). Australia are a distant third with 1511 (avg. 101). Coming in last is Zimbabwe (490, avg. 33), with even Kenya having more caps (554). Bangladesh has more caps (717) than England (622). Between Australia and Bangladesh are Pakistan (1654), South Africa (1591), New Zealand (1348) and West Indies (1190).

    Among these 11 teams (I didn't consider Canada, Bermuda, Scotland and Ireland because their ODI cap numbers would have been pitiful in comparison), West Indies and Kenya are the only teams who've included an uncapped player in their squads - Kieron Pollard and Rajesh Bhudia.

    Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya (59 caps) has the least ODI experience among all these 11 captains. England's Michael Vaughan comes in second with 77. Pakistan's captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq has the most caps (375), followed by India's Rahul Dravid (310).

    Not entirely surprisingly, Zimbabwe (21) and Kenya (28) have the lowest standard deviation among the ODI appearances. That's expected since these two teams would not have the huge spread of ODI caps that other teams have.

    As an aside, does anyone know why the warm-up games are not internationals? If games to raise funds for tsunami victims and the Super Series games were internationals, why aren't warm-up games official ODIs?

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    I hear ya about the number of games the minnows of World Cricket have played and how they have been brought into cricket's showcase trophy to be pummelled by their heavier, more experienced counterparts...Do I hear World Cup's lost its sheen..?

    By Blogger thedemigod (05-Mar-2007, 2:07:00 PM)  

    The warmup games are not official to allow teams to use more than 11 players I would presume. In fact, I read that the teams are allowed to use 13 players for the first game at least. That might explain why its not official

    By Blogger Vinod (05-Mar-2007, 6:06:00 PM)  

    vinod - Possibly so, seems a plausible explanation.

    By Blogger Jagadish (05-Mar-2007, 7:26:00 PM)  

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