ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The Cricket World Cup of 2019, officially termed as ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, is the 12th edition in the tally of Cricket World Cups, which is scheduled to be hosted jointly by England and Wales, starting from 30th May to 14 July.
Hosting Rights of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
The special hosting rights were conferred in April in the year 2006 after England and Wales together refrained from the official bidding done to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was later held in Australia and New Zealand. The first match scheduled will be played at The Oval followed by the final to be played at Lord’s. England and Wales are hosting the world cup for the fifth time. They had previously hosted 1975, 1979, 1983 and the 1999 World Cups.
Format of World Cup 2019
The format for the upcoming tournament will comprise of a single group of ten teams, with each team playing against the other nine teams, and the top four teams out of the lot finally progressing to the knockout stage of semi-finals followed by the final. This ten team tournament pattern has gained wide criticism due to the lack of other associate teams in the tournament.
As per the increase of the Test playing nations from 10 to 12, and with the admission of Ireland and Afghanistan to the list in June 2017, it’s going to be the first World Cup to be contested without the presence of all the Test playing nations and post-elimination of the Associate teams during the qualifying tournament, this will also turn out to be the first World Cup featuring no Associate members.
Qualification for Contesting
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will feature a total of 10 teams, which is a sharp decrease from previous World Cups held in 2011 and 2015 which featured a uniform tally of 14 teams which included all the test playing nations. The currency hosts, England, along with the other teams amongst the top 7 marked in the ICC One Day International rankings declared as of 30 September 2017 eventually earned the automatic qualification, and the remaining two spots are to be decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
During the announcement of the qualification structure, ICC Associate along with Affiliate members, who are guaranteed four spots in the previous two World Cup tournaments, are represented by mostly two teams, and possibly by none at all if they get beaten by the lowest ranked members in the Qualifier matches. It’s also implied that at least two teams out of the Ten Tests playing nations during the time of the announcement would require competing in the qualifying tournament, thereby gaining the possibility of missing out on the World Cup finals entirely.
In following to the success gained recently, Ireland and Afghanistan both were promoted into the ICC ODI Championship rankings and have also been promoted to full members of the ICC eventually, becoming two of the newest Test cricketing nations. But, they will still need to qualify for the World Cup through the current process.
Afghanistan has won the qualifying tournament, defeating none other than the West Indies in the final. Both teams eventually got qualified for the World Cup, while Zimbabwe despite hosting the qualifying tournament failed to reach the final and will be missing the World Cup for the first time since 1983.
Recently appointed Ireland will also be missing the World Cup for the first time since 2007 and therefore, for the first time ever no Associate nation will be participating in the World Cup of 2019
Schedule and Venues for ICC World Cup 2019
List of venues was finally released on 26 April 2018 after the successful meeting of International Cricket Council (ICC) held in Kolkata. London Stadium has been considered as a possible venue in the planning stages, and in January 2017 the ICC completed a thorough inspection of the ground, confirming that the pitch dimensions will be in compliance with the requirements needed to host ODI matches. A point is to be noted here that when the venue fixtures were being announced, London Stadium was not included as a venue.
Group Stage of ICC World Cup 2019
The group stage format will be considered a format, where all the ten teams competing will play each other once, all in a single group. This implies a total of 45 matches will be played, with each contender team playing a sum total of nine matches. The top four teams selected from the group will eventually progress to the knockout stage. A similar kind of format was previously carried out in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
Knockout Stage of ICC World Cup 2019
The knockout stage will comprise of two semi-finals, with the winning teams from each proceeding to the final to be held at Lord’s. On 25 April 2018, earlier this year that is, it was reported that the grounds of Old Trafford and Edgbaston would host the two semi-finals to be held, with all of the knockout games having a reserve day in between.
ICC World Cup 2019 Theme Song
Interesting Facts about ICC World Cup 2019
The next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales will be held after a span of 20 years
The most successful team in the tournament’s history is the team of Australia, who have claimed the title five times in the recent past, including the most recent in 2015, beating their rivals New Zealand in the final.
Tickets for ICC World Cup 2019
From the sports, entertainment point of view ICC World Cup 2019 offers a great day out for all the family. Children will be able to attend all group matches for a value budget of just £6, while a family of four can attend selected group games for a considerable budget of just £44.
In addition, children who are aged two or below will be able to attend the 2019 Cricket World Cup Games free of charge, provided they don’t occupy a seat.
Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
At next year’s Cricket World Cup there will be a total no of ten teams, who will take part, contending in a sort of round-robin group stage. The top four teams out of this will proceed to the semi-finals, with the winners meeting competing for each other in the final at Lord’s.
There will be a total of 48 matches played across 11 venues in England and Wales.
Activities to be at held at ICC World Cup 2019
Before the match, during the match and also after the match, there will be a number of activities held in and around the stadium, varying from live entertainment performances, different challenges for all the family, as well as many entertaining activations around the ground.
Rules during ICC World Cup 2019
If you’re worried about not be able to follow the game, then there’s nothing to fear. There will be the whole section deployed to explain all the aspects of cricket, including the video projected below.
Food during ICC World Cup 2019
During the ICC world cup 2019, there will be a variety of food and drink outlets available and easily accessible inside the venue. There will be good and healthy food zones at all venues which will be very much able to cater well for a huge range of food requirements.