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The 2019 Cricket World Cup is fast approaching, with the first match set to take place on the 30th of May.
The tournament will conclude with the final that takes place more than six weeks later on the 14th of July, with plenty of fixtures in between. Here’s a deeper look at the Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule:
The group stage will feature a single round-robin group comprising all 10 teams participating in the tournament. That means there will be a total of 45 fixtures in this stage of the World Cup, with either one or two matches taking place each day up until the 6th of July.
India v. Pakistan (16th of June): A clash between these two neighbours and rivals is always a heated affair. But this year’s match at the Rose Bowl takes on added tension after the Board of Control for Cricket in India called for Pakistan to be banned for the tournament and for India to boycott this fixture following the Pulwama attack in February. The ICC has rejected the call to ban Pakistan, and the match is expected to go ahead as planned.
Australia v. New Zealand (29th of June): Taking place at Lord’s, this Oceanic rivalry is always a fun one, but will take on added meaning this year as a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final. In addition, both Australia and New Zealand are expected to be in the group of teams fighting for the four semi-final positions, which could make this a very important fixture.
England v. India (30th of June): By this point, both England and India will want to be closing in on clinching their knockout stage positions. But with these being the two favourites to reach the Cricket World Cup 2019 final, the winner of this match could earn an important psychological advantage before a likely rematch in either the semi-final or final.
Only four sides will reach the knockout stage, with two semi-final matches leading to a final. The semi-finals are scheduled for the 9th July and 11th of July, while the final will take place on the 14th of July at Lord’s.
Many sides will go into the 2019 Cricket World Cup thinking they have a chance to leave as world champions. But two nations in particular have been touted as the favourites to win the tournament. England and India are being given the shortest odds by most bookmakers, with England getting the slight nod over a strong Indian side due to home advantage.
But there are certainly other contenders who are getting plenty of attention from punters. Australia is a clear third choice in the Cricket World Cup betting odds, with most bookmakers offering around 4/1 on the Aussies to win the tournament and making them favourites to reach the semi-finals.
England and India are being given the shortest odds by most bookmakers.
Behind those top three, there are three or four sides that are expected to fight for the final semi-final position. New Zealand and South Africa are considered the next strongest contenders, with Pakistan right behind them. The West Indies are rated slightly below that group but are in the hunt for a knockout stage place.
When it comes to individual honours, many bookies also take bets on who will be the tournament’s leading batsman. In this race, there is a clear favourite: Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has a career ODI batting average of nearly 60 runs. Behind him, other top contenders include Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Rohit Sharma, and David Warner.
The group stage format for the Cricket World Cup 2019 is a simple one: all-play-all, with the 10 sides placed in a single group. That makes qualification simple: finish in the top four, and you reach the knockout stage.
But who will go through to the semi-finals, and who will be heading home when the group stage ends? Let’s take a look at the form of all ten sides as they head into the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
England qualified for the World Cup automatically as the host nation, but they would be a favourite no matter where the tournament was being held.
England are currently the highest ranked side on the ICC ODI Rankings list, and won two of three ODI matches when co-favourite India toured England last July. More recently, England defeated Sri Lanka 3-1 in an ODI series in October, then split an ODI series 2-2 at the West Indies in February and March.
Ranked just behind England in the ODI rankings, India is also second-favourite heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India did narrowly lose an ODI series to Australia 3-2 at home, but that result doesn’t feel too concerning coming on the heels of a 4-1 away victory over New Zealand earlier this year.
The defending Cricket World Cup champions, Australia come into the tournament in excellent form. They last played in March, when they met Pakistan in the UAE and soundly won the ODI series 5-0. The Aussies are expected to reach the semi-final round and are capable of upsetting either of the top two contenders.
South Africa are considered a leading contender to reach the semi-final round, though they are ranked clearly behind the top three contenders. So far this year, South Africa have won their two ODI series, beating Pakistan 3-2 before having little trouble demolishing Sri Lanka 5-0.
New Zealand is another side expected to finish in the middle of the table at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, putting them in contention for a knockout stage berth. The Kiwis last played when Bangladesh toured the nation in February and March. New Zealand won the ODI series 3-0, though the tour will, unfortunately, be remembered because it was stopped early due to the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Pakistan may have struggled in their March ODI series against Australia, but that shouldn’t lead bettors to underestimate their potential. The Pakistani team will be among those fighting for the final semi-final position and has the quality to surprise any of the top teams in the world on any given day.
The West Indies may be one of the more difficult sides to evaluate heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup. While the Windies are seen as likely outsiders when it comes to the knockout stages, it can’t be forgotten that they drew the ODI series 2-2 when England toured the West Indies earlier this year. At the same time, their overall form has not been great, as they currently rank ninth in the ODI rankings and had to go through a Cricket World Cup Qualifier to make the tournament.
The Sri Lankans have struggled against high level opposition of late, having been whitewashed by South Africa in a March ODI series. Ranked eighth by the ICC, Sri Lanka is considered unlikely to contend for a semi-final berth.
The other side to earn their position in the 2019 Cricket World Cup through last year’s qualifier, Afghanistan are not expected to be a contender and would do well not to finish at the very bottom of the table. The nation’s last ODI experience came against Ireland in March, with the series ending in a 2-2 draw.
Along with Afghanistan, Bangladesh have been given the longest odds of winning the Cricket World Cup 2019. While they are currently seventh in the ICC ODI rankings, and have had recent success against the West Indies, there is little to suggest that they will be able to pose a challenge for the top nations.
The ICC Cricket World Cup was first held in 1975, and has typically been held every four years since, though there have been a couple of exceptions to that rule. Before 2019, Australia has been the most successful nation historically, winning the tournament five times.
Cricket World Cup Winners
More recently, the ICC has started the Twenty20 World Cup as well. Held since 2007, there have been six T20 World Cups, with the West Indies being the only side to win the competition twice.
T20 World Cup Winners
Most cricket fans are well aware that there is a Women’s Cricket World Cup, but fewer know that it actually started two years before the men’s event. Held since 1973, England and Australia have dominated the competition, combining to win all but one tournament.
Women’s Cricket World Cup Winners
Over the years, many records have been set at the Cricket World Cup. Here’s a look at some of the most notable:
Cricket World Cup Statistics
|Most Team Runs Scored:||417 by Australia v. Afghanistan (2015)|
|Fewest Team Runs Scored:||36 by Canada v. Sri Lanka (2003)|
|Largest Winning Margin:||275 by Australia v. Afghanistan (2015)|
|Highest All-Time Winner Percentage:||Australia (75.3%)|
|World Cup Matches Tied:||4|
|Most Career Batting Runs:||2,278 by Sachin Tendulkar|
|Most Career Sixes:||37 by Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers|
|Most Batting Runs (Single Tournament):||673 by Sachin Tendulkar (2003)|
|Most Career Wickets:||71 by Glenn McGrath|
|Most Consecutive Wickets:||4 by Lasith Malinga v. South Africa (2007)|
|Most Wickets (Single Tournament):||26 by Glenn McGrath (2007)|
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Tickets for the 2019 Cricket World Cup were initially sold directly by the ICC, with prices varying by fixture and seating location. Children have been able to get into any match for £6 in the cheapest “bronze” seats regardless of other pricing until the knockout rounds. The cost of the most expensive adult tickets has varied tremendously.
While some matches have even the “platinum” seats at just £55, others, premium fixtures such as the opener between England and South Africa and rivalry matches like India v. Pakistan have tickets as expensive as £235.
Semi-final tickets top out at £240, while tickets for the final cost between £95 and £395 for adults.
As the tournament draws close, however, many games are sold out, leaving the secondary market as the only way for fans to gain entrance to the fixtures of their choice. On StubHub, even the cheapest tickets for the match between Pakistan and India start at about £800, while it will cost you nearly £2,000 to get a seat at the final.
With no breaks during the group stage, there will be cricket action for fans every day until the knockout stage begins. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be some added fun surrounding the tournament.
On the 29th of May, the Opening Party for the Cricket World Cup will be held on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace, and while the entertainment is secret for now, the ICC is promising a night that celebrates music, culture, and cricket.
All-rounder: A player who is capable both as a batsman and bowler (or sometimes as a wicket-keeper).
Boundary: The outside edge of the pitch or the rope that defines the edge of the ground. A boundary can also refer to a four or a six scored by a batsman.
Bowled: A way for a batsman to be dismissed which occurs when a delivery hits the stumps and removes the bails from the wicket.
Caught: A way for a batsman to be dismissed when a fielder catches a batted ball before it hits the ground.
Century: An individual score of at least 100 runs for a batsman.
Dot ball: A delivered ball that does not result in any runs being scored.
Duck: A score of zero for a batsman.
Four: A ball that reaches the boundary after hitting the ground, resulting in four runs scored.
Hat-trick: Three wickets taken on three consecutive deliveries by a bowler.
Howzat: The call by fielders to appeal to an umpire to call the batsman out. Sometimes also said as “how’s that?”
Innings: One team’s turn at bat during a match.
LBW: Leg before wicket. This is a way that a batsman can be dismissed if the umpire believes the ball hit the batsman’s body (but not their bat) and would have hit the stumps of the wicket had it not been blocked.
Leg side: The side of the field behind the batsman as he attempts to strike a delivery.
ODI: One day international. This form of cricket uses a limited number of overs and only a single innings per team to ensure matches are completed in a single day.
Off side: The half of the field in front of the batter that is in front or away from him as he strikes a delivered ball.
Out: A batsman who has been dismissed by any means is out, and can no longer bat in the current innings.
Over: A set of six balls delivered by a single bowler consecutively.
Powerplay: a series of overs in ODI play that gives the batting side an advantage by restricting the positioning of fielders.
Six: A ball that passes the boundary without hitting the ground, scoring six runs.
Test: The most traditional form of cricket matches, in which both teams have unlimited overs and typically bat for two innings each. Test matches are typically played over the course of five days.
Twenty20: The newest and fastest form of cricket, in which each side is only given 20 overs in their innings.
Umpire: One of the officials on the pitch who enforces the rules of play.
Wicket: The set of stumps and bails behind the batsman. The “taking of a wicket” refers to when a batsman has been dismissed.
Our infographic makes it easy to understand how the tournament has unfolded over the years. The first round is always the largest circle around the outside, with the most teams. As the tournament progresses, each stage is indicated by the smaller circle with less teams, until the winner is found in the centre.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is being hosted by England and Wales, with matches being played 11 different venues, including The Rose Bowl, The Oval, and Lord’s, which will host the final.
The 2023 Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be played in February and March 2023 and will take place in India.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup will feature 10 sides. England received an automatic berth as the tournament host, while seven other nations – Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka – qualified through the ICC ODI Championship. The final two spots were claimed by Afghanistan and the West Indies in the 2018 Cricket World Cup qualifier.
Australia are the defending Cricket World Cup champions, having defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the final of the 2015 World Cup.