ICC World Cup 2019

Cricket World Cup commences its 12th edition in May 2019 with 10 teams. The 45-day tournament from 30th May to 14th July would be co-hosted by England and Wales. This is the first time in the history of World Cup that there are no Associate members participating in this tourney. It is also the first time that a test playing nation is not participating in this limited over cricket competition. In the previous 11 World Cups every test playing nation was a part of this tournament. Zimbabwe, among the test playing nations, and Ireland among the Associate member countries are not participating in ICC World Cup 2019.

How many teams played in the World Cup 2019?

In this cricket tournament there is a single group of 10 teams. Matches will be held on a round robin basis with every team playing the other 9 teams. After the end of the league stage comprising 45 matches, the top 4 teams qualify for the semi-finals. These semi finals are to be held at Old Trafford in Manchester and at Edgbaston in Birmingham on 9th July and 11th July respectively. The winners of these two semi-finals play the final at Lord’s in London on 14th July, 2019.

England and Wales together last hosted the ICC World Cup in 1999.

Which country will host the Cricket World Cup 2019?

The 48 matches of this cricket competition are spread over 11 grounds in 10 locations. Like all other previous years Lord’s in London is the venue of the finals. In addition, 4 league matches are scheduled at Lord’s. The Oval, the other ground in London will host 5 league games. The other venues are:

  • Old Trafford in Manchester – Host to 6 games including one semi-final;
  • Edgbaston in Birmingham – Host to 5 matches including  one semi-final;
  • Trent Bridge in Nottingham – Scheduled to hold 5 matches;
  • Rose Bowl in Southampton – Host to 5 matches;
  • Headingley in Leeds – 4 matches are scheduled in this ground;
  • Sophia Gardens in Cardiff – 4 games to be played;
  • County Ground in Taunton – Scheduled to hold 3 games;
  • Bristol County Ground in Bristol – Venue for 3 games;
  • Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street – Venue for 3 matches.

This is the fifth time World Cup Cricket is being held in the British Isles. On all the occasions Lord’s has been the venue of the finals.

City Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Chester-le-Street Leeds
Ground Edgbaston Bristol County Ground Sophia Gardens Riverside Ground Headingley
County Team Warwickshire Gloucestershire Glamorgan Durham Yorkshire
Capacity 25,000 17,500 15,643 20,000 20,000 (after redevelopment)
Matches 5 (including semi-final) 3 4 3 4
London London Manchester Nottingham Southampton Taunton
Lord’s The Oval Old Trafford Trent Bridge Rose Bowl County Ground
Middlesex Surrey Lancashire Nottinghamshire Hampshire Somerset
28,000 25,500 26,000 17,500 25,000 12,500
5 (including Final) 5 6 (including semi-final) 5 5 3
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The Trophy

The present trophy introduced in 1999 is a permanent one. It features a golden globe resting on three columns made of silver. These three columns in the shape of stumps represent batting, bowling, and fielding, the three essential aspects of the game of cricket. The globe resembles a cricket bowl with the seam symbolizing earth’s axial tilt. The trophy weighing about 11kilos measures 60cm in height. The base of the trophy has the names of all the winners since 1999. The original is kept with ICC, while the winners are handed over a replica that might be kept permanently.

The teams history

Afghanistan – Afghanistan played their first ICC World Cup tournament in 2015.

Australia – Australia has been the most successful team in the history of World Cup Cricket so far. Of the 11 tournaments played till 1975, this country has won five times in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015. Australia is the only team to have won the ICC World Cup three times is succession. They are among the favourites in 2019 also.

Bangladesh – Bangladesh participated in ICC World Cup for the first time in 1999 in England. They caused a sensation by defeating Pakistan in the tournament. Their best result was in 2015, when they reached the quarter-final stage. The team is capable of creating a lot of surprises.

England – England together with Wales are the hosts of the 12th ICC World Cup Cricket competition. England was runners in 1979, 1987, and 1992. They are currently ranked 1st in ODI category and this is their best chance of winning the World Cup.

India – India has won this tournament twice in 1983 and 2011. This is a highly talented team and has the potential of winning the trophy once again in 2019.

New Zealand – Their most successful moment in the history of World Cup is when they became the runners in 2015. New Zealand has the capability of defeating even the most powerful teams.

Pakistan – Pakistan’s greatest achievement came in 1992, when they became the World Cup champions by defeating England. The present team consists of young, energetic and immensely talented cricketers.

Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka is also in a rebuilding phase of their cricket team. They were the winners in 1996 and runners in 2007 and 2011. A few surprises could be expected from this spirited team in 2019.

South Africa – This nation played their first World Cup Cricket tourney in 1992 and reached the semi-finals. They were semi-finalists in 1999, 2007, and 2015 also. It is very surprising that this powerful team never got to enter the finals of this tournament.

West Indies – West Indies won the first two World Cup Championships in 1975, and 1979. They were the runners in 1983.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule

Date Team Venues Time
May 30, Thu England vs South Africa, Match 1 Kennington Oval, London 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
May 31, Fri Windies vs Pakistan, Match 2 Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 01, Sat New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Match 3 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 01, Sat Afghanistan vs Australia, Match 4 County Ground, Bristol 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jun 02, Sun South Africa vs Bangladesh, Match 5 Kennington Oval, London 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 03, Mon England vs Pakistan, Match 6 Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 04, Tue Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 7 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 05, Wed South Africa vs India, Match 8 The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 05, Wed Bangladesh vs New Zealand, Match 9 Kennington Oval, London 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jun 06, Thu Australia vs Windies, Match 10 Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 07, Fri Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 11 County Ground, Bristol 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 08, Sat England vs Bangladesh, Match 12 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 08, Sat Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Match 13 The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jun 09, Sun India vs Australia, Match 14 Kennington Oval, London 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 10, Mon South Africa vs Windies, Match 15 The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 11, Tue Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Match 16 County Ground, Bristol 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 12, Wed Australia vs Pakistan, Match 17 The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 13, Thu India vs New Zealand, Match 18 Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 14, Fri England vs Windies, Match 19 The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 15, Sat Sri Lanka vs Australia, Match 20 Kennington Oval, London 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 15, Sat South Africa vs Afghanistan, Match 21 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jun 16, Sun India vs Pakistan, Match 22 Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 17, Mon Windies vs Bangladesh, Match 23 The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 18, Tue England vs Afghanistan, Match 24 Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 19, Wed New Zealand vs South Africa, Match 25 Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 20, Thu Australia vs Bangladesh, Match 26 Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 21, Fri England vs Sri Lanka, Match 27 Headingley, Leeds 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 22, Sat India vs Afghanistan, Match 28 The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 22, Sat Windies vs New Zealand, Match 29 Old Trafford, Manchester 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jun 23, Sun Pakistan vs South Africa, Match 30 Lord’s, London 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 24, Mon Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Match 31 The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 25, Tue England vs Australia, Match 32 Lord’s, London 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jun 26, Wed New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 33 Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 27, Thu Windies vs India, Match 34 Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 28, Fri Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Match 35 Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 29, Sat Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Match 36 Headingley, Leeds 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jun 29, Sat New Zealand vs Australia, Match 37 Lord’s, London 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jun 30, Sun England vs India, Match 38 Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 01, Mon Sri Lanka vs Windies, Match 39 Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 02, Tue Bangladesh vs India, Match 40 Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 03, Wed England vs New Zealand, Match 41 Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 04, Thu Afghanistan vs Windies, Match 42 Headingley, Leeds 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 05, Fri Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Match 43 Lord’s, London 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 06, Sat Sri Lanka vs India, Match 44 Headingley, Leeds 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 06, Sat Australia vs South Africa, Match 45 Old Trafford, Manchester 6:00:00 PM/ 12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL
Jul 09, Tue TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi-Final (1 v 4) Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 11, Thu TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3) Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Jul 14, Sun TBC vs TBC, Final Lord’s, London 3:00:00 PM / 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
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