Cricket World Cup 2019: Everything to know, from wickets to tickets
A ball has yet to hit the pitch at The Oval in London but plenty of dust has been kicked up in excitement for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. It’s one of the biggest sporting events on the planet, with the 2015 tournament attracting over 1 billion viewers globally. Prefer getting in on the action over television? You’re in luck: England and Wales are hosting the 2019 Cricket World Cup for the first time in 20 years — beginning May 30 with England playing South Africa and running until the final on July 14.
This is England and Wales' fifth time hosting the One Day International format tournament, having done so in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999. The ten best-performing cricket teams from around the globe will face off across the United Kingdom including grounds in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester-le-Street, Leeds, two in London, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and Taunton.
With the tournament starting next month, now is the time to gain some runs on all the details. Keep scrolling to read our 2019 Cricket World Cup guide.
What is the Cricket World Cup?
The Cricket World Cup is a One Day International (ODI) event organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) every four years. Considered the premier event of the international cricket calendar, the first was held in England in 1975. The country subsequently hosted the tournament until 1987, when it travelled to India and Pakistan and has been on an unofficial rotation of the ICC members since.
For the 2019 Cricket World Cup, there will be a single group of ten teams playing each other in a round robin and knockout style, progressing to four in the semi-finals and two in the finals. The winner will take home the event’s prestigious prize, the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy — 60 centimetres tall, 11 kilograms heavy and made of gold and silver. Its design features a golden globe held by three silver columns representing cricket’s three fundamental elements: batting, bowling and fielding.
Which teams are playing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup?
This year, England will have the home grounds, joined by Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and West Indies. In total, there are 10 teams playing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. They will have to submit the player names from their respective squads by April 30, 2019.
Who is the favourite team to win the 2019 World Cup?
While anything can happen between now and the final match on July 14, famed former England batsman Rob Key believes that England, India and New Zealand are the top contenders to win the 2019 World Cup.
Key told Sky Sports: "You will never go into a World Cup where someone isn’t tipping up New Zealand as an outside chance. This time they will be behind England and India in the betting but not far behind."
Fellow English cricket Ian Bell has also named England and India, though he swapped New Zealand for Pakistan. England played brilliantly in its recent Caribbean tour, whitewashing the West Indies in the final leg. That said, Australia won the 2015 Cricket World Cup, is the current ICC champion and has had a winning streak leading into this year’s event.
The Aussies are coming into the 2019 Cricket World Cup strong after defeating Pakistan in Dubai this month — winning eight consecutive ODIs for the first time ever in Asia, and the first time overseas since 2007. The World Cup is anyone's game to win, but this is certainly a grand showing from Australia going into the tournament.
Who has won the most Cricket World Cup trophies?
The nation that has won the most Cricket World Cups is Australia, having taken home the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy five times, followed by the West Indies and India (twice each), and Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a prize apiece.
What time are Cricket World Cup matches?
Matches will generally begin at 10:30am or at 1:30pm BST.
Where are the 2019 Cricket World Cup venues?
The 2019 World Cup matches will be held at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium in Nottingham, The Oval in London, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, Emirates Riverside in Chester-le-Street, Brightside Ground in Bristol, Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton, The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Old Trafford in Manchester and Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff.
What are the 2019 Cricket World Cup fixtures?
The 10 teams will play against each other across 45 matches of One Day Internationals (ODI) in round robin and knockout styles leading up to the semi-finals, where only the top four teams will qualify. Subsequently, the final two will compete at the Cricket World Cup finals at Lord’s in London.
Check out the full list of 2019 Cricket World Cup fixtures:
Match 1: England v South Africa
Thursday, May 30, 10:30am – The Oval, London
Match 2: West Indies v Pakistan
Friday, May 31, 10:30am – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 3: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Saturday, June 1, 10:30am – Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
Match 4: Afghanistan v Australia
Saturday, June 1, 1:30pm – Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Match 5: South Africa v Bangladesh
Sunday, June 2, 10:30am – The Oval, London
Match 6: England v Pakistan
Monday, June 3, 10:30am – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 7: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
Tuesday, June 4, 10:30am – Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
Match 8: South Africa v India
Wednesday, June 5, 10:30am – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Match 9: Bangladesh v New Zealand
Wednesday, June 5, 1:30pm – The Oval, London
Match 10: Australia v West Indies
Thursday, June 6, 10:30am – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 11: Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Friday, June 7, 10:30am – Brightside Ground, Bristol
Match 12: England v Bangladesh
Saturday, June 8, 10:30am – Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
Match 13: Afghanistan v New Zealand
Saturday, June 8, 1:30pm – Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Match 14: India v Australia
Sunday, June 9, 10:30am – The Oval, London
Match 15: South Africa v West Indies
Monday, June 10, 10:30am – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Match 16: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Tuesday, June 11, 10:30am – Brightside Ground, Bristol
Match 17: Australia v Pakistan
Wednesday, June 12, 10:30am – Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Match 18: India v New Zealand
Thursday, June 13, 10:30am – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 19: England v West Indies
Friday, June 14, 10:30am – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Match 20: Sri Lanka v Australia
Saturday, June 15, 10:30am – The Oval, London
Match 21: South Africa v Afghan
istan Saturday, June 15, 1:30pm – Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
Match 22: India v Pakistan
Sunday, June 16, 10:30am – Old Trafford, Manchester
Match 23: West Indies v Bangladesh
Monday, June 17, 10:30am – Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Match 24: England v Afghanistan
Tuesday, June 18, 10:30am – Old Trafford, Manchester
Match 25: New Zealand v South Africa
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30am – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Match 26: Australia v Bangladesh
Thursday, June 20, 10:30am – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 27: England v Sri Lanka
Friday, June 21, 10:30am – Headingley, Leeds
Match 28: India v Afghanistan
Saturday, June 22, 10:30am – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Match 29: West Indies v New Zealand
Saturday, June 22, 1:30pm – Old Trafford, Manchester
Match 30: Pakistan v South Africa
Sunday, June 23, 10:30am – Lord’s, London
Match 31: Bangladesh v Afghanistan
Monday, June 25, 10:30am – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Match 32: England v Australia
Tuesday, June 25, 10:30am – Lord’s London
Match 33: New Zealand v Pakistan
Wednesday, June 26, 10:30am – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Match 34: West Indies v India
Thursday, June 27, 10:30am – Old Trafford, Manchester
Match 35: Sri Lanka v South Africa
Friday, June 28, 10:30am – Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street
Match 36: Pakistan v Afghanistan
Saturday, June 29, 10:30am – Headingley, Leeds
Match 37: New Zealand v Australia
Saturday, June 29, 1:30pm – Lord’s, London
Match 38: England v India
Sunday, June 30, 10:30am – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Match 39: Sri Lanka v West Indies
Monday, July 1, 10:30am – Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street
Match 40: Bangladesh v India
Tuesday, July 2, 10:30am – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Match 41: England v New Zealand
Wednesday, July 3, 10:30am – Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street
Match 42: Afghanistan v West Indies
Thursday, July 4, 10:30am – Headingley, Leeds
Match 43: Pakistan v Bangladesh
Friday, July 5, 10:30am – Lord’s, London
Match 44: Sri Lanka v India
Saturday, July 6, 10:30am – Headingley, Leeds
Match 45: Australia v South Africa
Saturday, July 6, 1:30pm – Old Trafford, Manchester
Semi Final 1: 1st place v 4th place
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30am – Old Trafford, Manchester
Semi Final 2: 2nd place v 3rd place
Thursday, July 11, 10:30am – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Final: TBC v TBC
Sunday, July 14, 10:30am – Lord’s, London
Who will host the 2023 Cricket World Cup?
India will host the next Cricket World Cup from February 9 to March 26, 2023. This will be the first time the tournament is held entirely in the country; it had previously co-hosted the event in 1987, 1996 and 2011.
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