Australia and South Africa have chosen strong teams but the Windies home-first rule has sidelined their star players.
Gradually an understanding is emerging about how the shortest form of the game can be played to even the odds.
The new quota system, stipulating two African players per franchise, makes sense.
The weather has conspired against the South African cricket team, which needs to show the world they can do better after recent games against India.
The fate of Gauteng rests with the gods and Facebook was built for baby pics, writes Hansie Smit.
The Proteas saved SA from a weekend of total sporting humiliation when they decimated India by 214 runs to wrap up a historic ODI series win.
As odd as the timing of their tour to South Africa may be, New Zealand and the Proteas are seizing the opportunity to play.
The Proteas were deservedly punished for their nonchalant approach to the Bangladesh ODIs.
CSA's Domestic Newcomer of the Season Kagiso Rabada expects much talent to be found in the townships.
The weakness of the rand and the instability and moral flaccidity of the BCCI make future international matches a prospect full of uncertainties.
Tough times lie ahead for local cricket as revenue from the T20 tournament is cut off.
In the rain-shortened match New Zealand made it with just one ball to spare at Eden Park.
New Zealand says its focus is on the West Indies team - who they lost to in the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup - not South Africa, for now.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves into the quarterfinals stage, with any one of the remaining eight teams able to clinch the ultimate prize.
Too much hunger for victory can bruise a team's World Cup mood, but AB De Villiers is upbeat about the team's chances.
"I didn't feel any electric vibe. It's my responsibility to get the guys going, which I didn't," said captain AB de Villiers after losing to Pakistan.
The opening batsman's 159 off 128 balls led South Africa to their second knock of over 400 in the Cricket World Cup, setting a near impossible target.
The emphasis is not only the starting 11, but the entire squad of 15, because going forward there might be an injury or somebody might fall ill.
Captain AB de Villiers took his team to a sterling victory against the West Indies, with his 162 from a mere 66-ball knock.