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It may be the hard-pressed bowlers who determine the destiny of this year's title, depending on the conditions for the event
The twelfth edition of Cricket World Cup, which will be hosted by England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, is all set to provide a daily dose of entertainment to the cricket enthusiasts across the globe.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli even termed the tournament as the most challenging as high-quality rivals will compete in a Round Robin format.
Ahead of the World Cup, one of the most discussed topics is the tough English conditions and how it will behave during the tournament.
If the conditions are slightly wet then it will pose a challenge for the batsmen and the team with the best seam attack will start with a huge advantage.
On the other hand, if the conditions are dry then it will help the batsmen and the bowling side need to show plenty of variety.
What does the forecast say?
As per the UK weather forecast, the temperature is expected to rise but in the first week, the weather is expected to turn cloudy and wet with outbreaks of heavy rainfall.
"Largely cloudy on Thursday and Friday with outbreaks of rain, mainly in the north and west. Long sunny spells in many sheltered central and southern areas. Increasingly warm and humid," according to the Met Office.
The long-range weather forecast from June 1 to June 10 said, "Next weekend will be much warmer than recently and locally very warm in the south and east where brightest conditions are likely."
"It could be quite warm at times in the southeast where there may be some heavy, thundery showers at times. Confidence in the forecast drops towards the end of next week but there is a possibility of more settled weather generally across the UK," as per the Met Office predictions.
From June 11 to June 25, the forecast suggested, "Whilst confidence is low throughout this period, the most probable trend for the middle two weeks of June is for a relatively settled weather picture across the UK. Whilst this may bring spells of dry and often sunny weather, warmer day time temperatures may occasionally trigger heavy, possibly thundery showers."
"Temperatures will be near normal or warm overall for the time of year," the long-range added.
In an age in which astonishing run-scoring feats have become commonplace in limited-overs cricket, it may be the hard-pressed bowlers who determine the destiny of this year's title, depending on the conditions for the event.