Which is the country that will host Cricket World Cup 2019?
One Day International Cricket was popularized to a large extent in the era of 1980’s, and due to its wide-reaching presence the first world cup was held in the year of 1975, which was just 4 years after this format of cricket went viral. ICC responded to this fever by tackling the existing “World Series of Cricket”, an event which was again quite popular with many fans. In the last 40 years or so, this event titled as the Cricket World Cup has been held on a massive scale all over the cricketing globe, on an international level, and has seen success achieved by teams all across the world. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, will be the twelfth time it would have been played, and the fifth time it has been played in the nations of United Kingdom, England and Wales, (previously played) in the years 1975, 1979, 1983 and finally 1999.
England & Wales will be hosting the Cricket World Cup 2019. Both the nations had won the hosting rights about 10 years back. Whereas, the hosting rights to the 2011, 2015 & 2019 World Cup were distributed 12 years back in 2006. The tournament initially was meant to serve the purpose of an invitational kind, however after twelve full and provisional members accepted the invitation, the International Cricket Council granted this tournament an official status. England and Wales had earlier put in a joint bid for the 2015 world cup, however when Australia was beaten down by a joint Asian bid for the tournament held in 2011, they were then offered the rights of hosting in 2015.
How many teams are there in the Cricket World Cup 2019?
The number of teams that have qualified for the 2019 World Cup is 10. This decision to limit the size of the whole event was undertaken to enhance the competitive spirit of the teams, and make for a more enthusiastic spectacle. This decision is in sharp contrast to the World Cups that were held in 2011 and 2015 where the total number of teams that were competing in the tournament were 14. This year, England will automatically be qualified for the event, as they would be hosting the event. Alongside England, the top seven one day international nations as per the latest ICC rankings (6 months before the tournament) will also be qualifying for the world cup.
That leaves exactly two spots for the remaining affiliated member teams of the International Cricket Council. However, these two positions were taken by the nations of Afghanistan and West Indies, at a tournament held for the purpose of selection of the qualifying teams in Bangladesh (March 2018).
Current Qualifying teams (based on the current ICC rankings of One Day International)
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
Participating Teams in the World Cup Qualification Tournament (2018)
- West Indies
- Papua New Guinea
- Hong Kong
ICC has defended its decision of reducing the size of the tournament, citing the necessity to ensure that the cricket fans around the globe were served the best quality matches, while stating that smaller nations involved in the tournament had several one sided loses, leading to uncompetitive and relatively monotonous cricket matches. However, there has been a revolving controversy around this decision, where many of the nations affiliated to the ICC have been in protest of this decision to reduce the number of teams in the tournament, making it more tedious for smaller teams to enter into the tournament. One of the arguments that they cite is the win achieved by Ireland over England in the 2011 World Cup, which proved how smaller nation can be equally competing subject to the chances they are given on field.
Out of the 10 teams that have qualified, it is supposedly believed that Australia after having won the last World Cup in 2015, is one of the favourites with high odds of winning the world cup yet again this year. However, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that India & South Africa are also in the favourite category. England is positioned fourth on the list of favourites, regardless of being the host country (which historically has proved to be a massive advantage). India has lifted the World Cup twice, on the other hand England & New Zealand are yet to see their first world cup win, finishing as the runners-up on four different occasions, one for New-Zealand and three for England.
Let’s analyse a few teams and their position in this year’s game:
1.Pakistan: Pakistan can be expected to perform more better and more consistently this year. The team also has players like Mohammad Ali with a superb wicket-taking ability and Fakhar Zaman known for scoring consistent runs.
2.England: Players of the form of Roy & Hales in the batting line up, and Mark Wood, Ben Stokes are in the bowling arena, we can thereby expect the hosts this year to give a tough time to other teams.
3.India: Kuldeep Yadav, Bumrah, Shami, Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli…do we need to say more. Although, India’s middle order is currently in a problematic position due to Dhoni’s finishing abilities becoming inconsistent. KL Rao and Hardik Pandya’s position as to whether they will play the world cup is also proving to be dicey, due to the BCCI suspension imposed recently, after their appearance on a talk show.
4.New Zealand: A team with deadly pace attack, New Zealand is one of the top favourites because of its diverse bowling range (Trent Boult, Guptill, Williamson) and an effective fielding side. We can expect the team chasing low scores this season.
5.Australia: The team has undergone a transition recently after the bans imposed on Steve Smith and David Warner. Their present form has also not been great, although they have several youngsters coming in this time in the series. The current captain of the team, Tim Paine’s wicketkeeping skills can hardly be questioned, but he has been struggling in the batting line up and is likely to lose his place.
When will Cricket World Cup 2019 start?
The tournament will be held in the Lords Cricket Ground often known as “Home of Cricket”. Although the rest of the games will be played across Wales & England (meeting the size and capacity requirements as per ICC), yet the stadium will be hosting the opening ceremony and a few group stage fixtures. The Lord’s cricket ground is of historical eminence, yet it holds only 28,000 spectators which is less than one third of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Fun Fact: Don Bradman scored a humongous 254 run streak at Lord’s in the year 1930. It went on to be held as a record for over 60 years! And this record was shattered again, by an even greater streak of 333 runs scored by England’s coveted player Graham Gooch against India in the year 1990. Glen McGrath holds the record for the highest number of wickets captured on the Lord’s Cricket Ground by a non-Englishman cricket player.
There has been another revolving controversy over whether or not should London Stadium be used i.e. the stadium which hosted the London Olympics. The playing area is too small as per ICC standards, thereby it could lead to disintegration of the judgement criteria for the tournament. On the contrary, it holds a large area, resulting in larger crowds and in turn larger revenue streams.
The opening match of the tournament will be held on 30th May 2019, between England and South Africa.
This year the format will be much simpler due to lesser number of teams. Every nation will play each other thus resulting in the 45 matches. The quarterfinals have been systematically removed, and the top 4 teams of the tournament will progress directly into the semi-finals, however the rest 6 nations will be directly knocked out of the tournament. The winners of the respective semi-finals will progress on to the finale.
The Final match will be held less than 2 months later on 14th July 2019 at Lord’s and the winner of that match will be held as the world champion.