Cricket fans all over the World are gearing up for the biggest event of the year: Cricket World Cup 2019. The drama, the action and the thrill of the close finishes, everything about the World cup makes us even more anxious.
The 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup 2019 is slated to start from 30th May 2019 and will end on 14th July.
The 2019 World Cup will be held in England and Wales for the first time in 20 years. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord’s.
It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.
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World Cup Format
The format for the tournament will be a single group of ten teams, with each team playing the other nine, and the top four teams progressing to a knockout stage of semi-finals and a final. There will be no subgroups in the tournament this time.
However, there has been much criticism on the format due to a major reason:
This is the first time when no associate team shall be playing the tournament. Both Ireland and Holland will not be part of the World Cup this time.
History and Facts about Cricket World Cups
The inaugural Cricket World Cup was hosted in 1975 by England, the only nation able to put forward the resources to stage an event of such magnitude at the time. The 1975 tournament started on 7 June.
Eight teams participated in the first tournament: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the West Indies (the six Test nations at the time), together with Sri Lanka and a composite team from East Africa
While the most successful team of the tournament has been Australia, it was West Indies which dominated the tournament in the beginning.
In 1975, West Indies won the first ever Cricket World Cup defeating Australia by 17 runs in the final which was held at Lords.
From then on the World Cup became a regular tournament in which every country showed their cricketing prowess.
World Cup 2019 Schedule
This year World Cup 2019 is expected to be tougher than the previous editions because unlike before, the teams will not be divided into groups.
Each team is to face one another. In total there will be 48 matches across 11 venues in England and Wales.
Below you can check the complete schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
You can also download the Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule by clicking on the image above and downloading it for viewing later.
Venues for Cricket World Cup 2019
Multiple cities will host the upcoming edition of the World Cup. These include:
- Kennington Oval, London
- Trent Bridge, Nottingham
- County Ground, Bristol
- Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
- County Ground, Taunton
- Old Trafford, Manchester
- Edgbaston, Birmingham
- Headingley, Leeds
- Lords, London
- The Riverside, Durham
- Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Lord’s will host the final on 14 July, while the semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford and Edgbaston.
England plays the first match of the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May.
Theme Song of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
ICC has even launched a theme song for the upcoming World Cup, it emulates festivity and joy, surely a treat for cricket lovers.
The theme song gives the feeling of an upcoming carnival, exciting the fans even more. Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff features in the video. He is singing and celebrating the news of cricket World Cup coming back to England.
You can enjoy the official Cricket World Cup 2019 song below:
Weather Conditions of the Host Country
Although everyone is waiting for the tournament to start, one thing that makes our heart shiver is the weather of England.
England’s weather is considered to be highly unpredictable, short spells of rain are often expected during the day. To our sheer relief, the weather in June and July will be considerably warmer and clearer. This means that more matches could be played without any rain delays.
This month is characterized by rising temperatures, with daily highs starting off at around 19°C on June 1st and rising up to 22°C by June 30th.
Most Successful teams of Cricket World Cup
While we don’t know how hot it would get in England, we definitely know that the intense competition between the teams will raise the temperature to a soaring level.
The World Cup has been played 11 times and every time teams come with the hope of winning the biggest title of Cricket. Some remain successful while others fail. Here is a compilation of the most successful teams of World Cup.
Australia has been the king of the World Cup; having won the title 5 times, there is no one even close to the team when it comes to the number of titles they have successfully secured.
They won the first title in 1987 after which they continued to win 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015 title.
Under the capable leadership of Ricky Ponting, the team won two consecutive World Cup titles and set up a new record in history books.
The Windies were a force to reckon in the late 70’s; legends like Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, George Headley instilled fear amongst fellow cricketers when they came on the pitch to play.
It was their absolute power and unprecedented talent which enabled them to win the first two titles of the Cricket World Cup. They became the champions in 1975 and 1979 World Cups, both of which were played at Australia and England respectively.
They were the runner-up in 1983 where they faced India in the final.
India also has lifted the World Cup trophy twice, first in 1983 under the leadership of the prolific bowler Kapil Dev and then under the captaincy of the Master of the game, MS Dhoni in 2011.
The 2011 World Cup holds a special place in their hearts since they won the final at their home ground in India.
Team India was also the runner-up in 2003; they lost the final from Australia by 125 runs.
How could one ever forget the 1992 World Cup, the one and only World Cup till now which Pakistan won?
Only one thing made this miracle possible:
Imran Khan and his unflinching belief in his team allowed team Pakistan to sail through. Although Pakistan had a terrible start in the tournament and their entry into the final seemed impossible.
Yet after a sudden turn of event and New Zealand losing a key match, Pakistan finally qualified. The rest is history.
Pakistan defeated mighty England in the final and won the match by 22 runs in Melbourne. This memory will possibly be forever etched in our minds.
Like Pakistan, Sri Lanka has also just won the title once in 1996. They won the finale by 7 wickets against Australia. This edition was jointly hosted by Pakistan, India, and Srilanka, the finale of the tournament was held at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Arjuna Ranatunga led his boys to victory and achieved an unthinkable task.
Srilanka has thrice qualified for the final. In 2007 and 2011 they were the runner-up of the tournament having lost from Australia and India respectively.
Ticket Sales for the World Cup 2019
It is yet to see who wins the 2019 World Cup but the race has begun. The tickets for the Cricket World Cup 2019 are already on sale.
Over 2.5 million people applied for the tickets across the summer, for 800,000 available tickets.
Cricket World Cup tickets have been on sale in three stages:
The cricket family ballot started on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and ran until June 2018. The public ballot ran until August 29.
The general sale commenced from September 27.
Before that, ticket holders who have been 100 percent unsuccessful in previous ballots got a chance to get tickets from September 25.
All remaining available tickets went on General Sale from 27 September via the Official Ticketing Website.
Official Broadcasters of Cricket World Cup
While the tickets might be sold out for sure, all the other ardent cricket fans don’t need to get disappointed. They can enjoy the World Cup season from their home, sitting in their comfortable sofas with a bunch of nachos.
Here is the complete list of broadcasters who will be airing the Cricket World Cup 2019:
Q1. Who will host the next ICC Cricket World Cup 2023?
Ans. India will host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
This was decided in June 2013 at an ICC meeting in London.
Q2. What are the WC-2019 match timings?
Ans. Most matches in the world cup will start at 10:30 am local England time (9:30 am GMT).
While on a few days, there are two matches on the same day. On such days, the 1st match will start at 10:30 am local time (9:30 am GMT) and the 2nd match will begin on 1:30 pm local time (12:30 pm GMT)
Q3. When and where is India vs Pakistan match in the WC 2019?
Ans. India vs Pakistan match will take place on 16 June 2019 (Sunday) at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester. The match will start at 3:00 pm IST (9:30 am GMT)
Q4. How to apply for the UK Visa for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?
Ans. You can get all the answers to the queries related to the UK Visa application for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on this official page: https://www.icctravelandtours.co.uk/visa/
Q5. From where can we buy the tickets for the Cricket World Cup 2019?
Ans. You can register and purchase the tickets from the Official Ticketing website of Cricket World Cup 2019 here.
Just a couple of more months now before we get to enjoy the biggest tournament of the season, it’s time to gear up.
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