John Harnden, CEO of the tournament, remarked about the February 15 game at the Adelaide Oval between arch rivals India and Pakistan as a massive game in the tournament, just one rung below the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
"The India-Pakistan game in Adelaide on February 15 is going to be massive. Tickets have been sold out and we expect big support for both teams," he said.
"We have worked with the Indian community to make that (Adelaide game) home game for India and the same with Pakistan. Australia is a very big multi-cultural community and the India-Pakistan (encounter) is one game in the tournament where I would like to be present other than the final.
"All tickets have been sold out, but we still have lots of travel packages and hospitality packages. We don't have to build new venues. New Zealand and Australia are fortunate to have great cricket grounds. The real challenge is how to spread the tournament across two countries, from MCG, which has capacity of 1,00,0000 people, to the great picturesque venues in New Zealand," he added.
"It's not about only Australia and New Zealand teams. Fourteen teams are coming and we have to make all of them comfortable and help all of them to play well. We are trying to make every match a home match for all teams," Harnden remarked.
"This is one of the world's biggest events. It's about all the world's best teams coming together in one moment of time to win that trophy. For us it's about bringing the whole of the cities alive," he added.
Former Australia pace bowler Shaun Tait, who is set to get married to an Indian girl here today, placed his country along with India as favourites while taking a dig at South Africa's infamous 'choking' in big events.
"I think India are definitely one of the favourites along with Australia. South Africa always go in as favourites, but always conk out at the last minute, never mind South Africa. India and Australia are going to be up there. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are dangerous sides at times. It's going to be pretty exciting," he said.