As 1999 is the year of the two-month feast that is the Cricket World Cup, no fan should be without The Official Companion to the 1999 World Cup, an absolute goldmine of information and statistics with photographs of players and venues in colour throughout.

Rob Steen’s book provides any fan with everything he or she could want, whether viewing from the terraces–and there are some unusual ones for 1999–or in front of the box.

As well as looking ahead, there is a comprehensive look back at all the World Cups, including the first in England (1999′s hosts) in 1975. It reveals the rather depressing fact that England, while finalists three times, have never won.

The book highlights some of the great individual contests, such as that between Pakistan’s great all-rounder Imran Khan and England’s belligerent Ian “Beefy” Botham, as well as some of the great matches.

All the teams, including the two debutantes from Scotland and Bangladesh, are reviewed, complete with past performances and the author’s tip for key player. He also gives his forecast of the result–look it up for yourself!

All venues are covered, with a “How to Get There” guide included for even the more remote ones such as Amsterdam.

A good companion for the enthusiast wanting a lighter touch is The Official 1999 World Cup Fun Book. –Arnold Woods

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