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CWC19: A Detailed Look at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Venues

CWC19: A Detailed Look at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Venues
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Cricket’s biggest carnival, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is set to take place this year, starting from 30th May. A total of 48 matches will be played from 30th May to 14th June. The first match of the mega event is scheduled between hosts England and South Africa at the Oval while the final will be hosted at the Lord’s. 11 World Cup 2019 venues across 10 cities will host the matches to decide the champions. Each of the stadiums hosting the matches is magnificent in its own way.

Australia is the defending champions, having won the tournament back in 2015 by beating New Zealand in the final. This year’s World Cup will be played on a similar format which was used in the 1992 edition of the mega event which Pakistan won under Imran Khan’s captaincy.

Venues/Stadiums for World Cup 2019

England has already hosted 4 World Cups in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 and this year’s event will mark the 5th hosting. Let’s have a look at all the venues(grounds) for the World Cup 2019:

1. Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Trent Bridge, Nottingham will be hosting 5 matches in the World Cup 2019. Pakistan’s opening match against West Indies will be played here on 31st May, whereas the second match for Pakistan will be against England at the same venue. The ground has already hosted World Cup matches on all 4 occasions which highlight the importance of the stadium.

Capacity

Trent Bridge, Nottingham is the home ground for Nottinghamshire in English County and it can seat 17,000 people.

Pitch and Conditions

The ground is known for its high-scoring nature, especially in the past few years. The pitch offers true bounce and the batsmen tend to enjoy batting at the surface. ODI cricket’s two highest ever scores have been scored by England here against Australia (481–6) and Pakistan (444–3) respectively.

Stats

Let’s have a look at the stats of matches hosted by the stadium:

  • Tests – 63
  • ODIs – 44
  • T20Is – 11

2. The Riverside, Durham

Home to Durham County, The Riverside, Durham will be hosting three World Cup fixtures this year, starting with Sri Lanka vs South Africa on 28th June. The other two fixtures include Sri Lanka vs West Indies and England vs New Zealand. In the 1999 Wolrd Cup, Durham hosted 4 matches.

Capacity

The Riverside, Durham has a seating capacity for 14,000 people.

Pitch and Conditions

Two of the highest scores at the ground came in 2018 in a match between England (314/4) and Australia (310/8). The only other time a team surpassed the 300-run mark was in 2008 when England scored 307/5 against New Zealand. The pitch is traditionally not a high-scoring one, however, times have changed and we can hope some big runs at the venue.

Stats

Here are the stats for matches hosted by The Riverside, Durham:

  • Tests – 6
  • ODIs – 16
  • T20Is – 3

3. The Oval, London

The Oval in London is a historic ground and it was established way back in 1845. The venue will host 5 fixtures at the mega event. It is the venue where Saqlain Mushtaq struck a hat-trick in the 1999 World Cup against Zimbabwe. The ground has hosted 10 World Cup matches across 4 events.

Capacity

The Oval can house 25,000 spectators.

Pitch and Conditions

It is one of the pitches in England where sub-continent teams enjoy playing as it supports spinners. In overcast conditions, the ball moves around a fair bit as well.

Stats

The Oval has hosted the following number of matches in different formats:

  • Tests – 101
  • ODIs – 67
  • T20Is – 16

4. Old Trafford, Manchester

This year’s venue for Semi-Finals, Old Trafford will be hosting 6 matches of the World Cup 2019. The biggest of these matches is the much-hyped Pakistan vs India match on 16th June. The ground has hosted World Cup matches in all 4 editions and it is the second oldest test venue in the country.



Capacity

Old Trafford can host almost 25,000 people.

Pitch and Conditions

As is the case with the most pitches in England, the Old Trafford pitch offers tur bounce, therefore, a lot of runs can be expected at the mega event.

Stats

Here are the stats for Old Trafford, Machester:

  • Tests – 78
  • ODIs – 46
  • T20Is – 7

5. Lord’s, London

Pakistan will be playing two matches here at Lord’s, London, the first against South Africa on 23rd June and the second against Bangladesh on 5th July. Lord’s will host the grand finale of the tournament on 14th July. It is the home of cricket and the iconic venue will host 5 matches of the World Cup. The historic ground has hosted event’s matches on all 4 occasions previously.

Capacity

Lord’s has a capacity of 28,500.

Pitch and Conditions

Lord’s pitch is another one of the surfaces in England which assists spinners and is more like a sub-continent wicket. It is one of those venues where Pakistan has an impressive record overall.

Stats

Here are the stats for Lord’s, London:

  • Tests – 137
  • ODIs – 62
  • T20Is – 10

6. Headingley, Leeds

Home to Yorkshire in English County cricket, Headingley, Leeds was established in 1890 and it will host four matches at the World Cup including Pakistan vs Afghanistan on 29th June. Like other top grounds in England, Headingley has been a host at all the 4 World Cups held in the country.

Capacity

More than 18,000 spectators can witness the live action at the ground.

Pitch and Conditions

The most recent ODI match at Headingley was in 2018 when England chased down a target of 257 in the 45th over. Traditionally, in test cricket, the ground is known for producing results. The ground conditions are known to suit seamers.

Stats

Here are the numbers for Headingley, Leeds:

  • Tests – 77
  • ODIs – 41

7. Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Hampshire Bowl or the Rose Bowl is home to Hampshire County in the domestic cricket and the venue will be seeing high-octane World Cup games for the first time as it was opened in 2001. There will be 5 matches at the ground with some high-profile matches like South Africa vs India, South Africa vs West Indies and England vs West Indies.

Capacity

The venue has a capacity of 17,000.

Pitch and Conditions

The 10th test venue for England however, the shorter boundaries make it an ideal ground for ODI cricket. While it favors fast bowlers, a run-fests can be expected in the World Cup 2019.

Stats

The venue hasn’t hosted as much cricket as the older venues. Here are the numbers:

  • Tests – 3
  • ODIs – 22
  • T20Is – 5

8. Edgbaston, Birmingham

Edgbaston is another venue for the Semi-Final where the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams will lock horns to secure a berth for the final at Lord’s. Birmingham has a huge Pakistani community and a lot of green shirts will be present on 26th June when Pakistan will take on New Zealand. The venue will stage a total of 5 fixtures.



Capacity

Edgbaston has a capacity of 24,500.

Pitch and Conditions

Edgbaston surface will be lively and the fast bowlers would be licking their fingers to bowl at the traditionally green pitch.

Stats

Here are the number of matches hosted by Edgbaston, Birmingham:

  • Tests – 51
  • ODIs – 58
  • T20Is – 5

9. County Ground, Taunton

The County Ground, Taunton will witness Pakistan vs Australia clash on 12th June and 3 fixtures overall. Somerset County Cricket Club is the local team at Taunton and the venue was built in 1882. The ground has hosted World Cup matches in 1983 and 1999. The venue is yet to host a test match.

Capacity

The venue has a capacity of 8,000.

Pitch and Conditions

Taunton pitch made headlines last year when 22 wickets fell on Day 1 in a match between Somerset and Lancashire and out of these 13 were taken by spinners. The pitch favors spinners and it remains to be seen how it behaves at the mega event.

Stats

Here are the stats for County Ground, Taunton:

  • ODIs – 10
  • T20Is – 5

10. Cardiff Wales Stadium

Cardiff Wales Stadium, also known as Sofia Gardens was established in 1854 and it will stage 4 fixtures at the World Cup 2019. Pakistan has no match scheduled at the home ground of Imad Wasim. The left-arm all-rounder was born in Wales. The venue hosted World Cup matches in 1999.

Capacity

The ground can seat more than 15,000 people.

Pitch and Conditions

Cardiff was where Pakistan stunned England in the Semi-Final of Champions Trophy in 2017 and later went on to win the prestigious crown.  It favors spin bowlers, however, Pakistan does not have any fixture at the ground.

Stats

Below are the number of matches hosted by the venue:

  • Test – 3
  • ODIs – 24
  • T20Is – 5

11. Bristol County Ground

Home to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club for well over a century, Bristol County Ground will host three World Cup matches this year. Pakistan will also feature in one of the matches at the ground against Sri Lanka on 7th June. The venue has hosted three World Cup matches until now; one in 1983 and two in 1999.

Capacity

The ground can entertain 11,000 spectators.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch has most of the times tinges of green, keeping the fast bowlers interested.

Stats

Bristol County Ground has hosted the following international matches:

  • ODIs – 24
  • T20Is – 5

Have we missed out on anything? Let us know in the comments section.

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