2015 Cricket World Cup

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2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
2015 Cricket World Cup Logo.svg
Official logo of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
Dates 14 February – 29 March
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) Australia
New Zealand
Participants 14
Matches played 49
Official website Cricket World Cup
2011
2019

The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015. 49 matches will be played in 14 venues with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney while New Zealand hosts 23 games in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.[1] The final match of the tournament will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It will be one of the world's largest international sports tournaments, with 14 competing teams and more than 400 accredited players and officials taking part in it.

The hosting rights were awarded at the same time as those of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, which Australia and New Zealand had originally bid to host, and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was awarded to England. The 2011 tournament was awarded to the four Asian Test cricket playing countries, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, in a 10 to 3 vote (Pakistan later lost the co-hosting rights due to a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team). The International Cricket Council were sufficiently impressed with the trans-Tasman bid that it was decided to award the next World Cup to Australia and New Zealand.[2][3] This is the second time that the tournament will be held in Australia and New Zealand, with the first being the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar has been named as the 2015 Cricket World Cup Ambassador by the ICC for the second time, after 2011 Cricket World Cup where he was the ambassador. [4]

India are the defending champions, having won the tournament in 2011 when it was held in the Indian subcontinent, defeating Sri Lanka in the finals by 6 wickets. Tickets for the Pool B match between India and Pakistan scheduled on 15 February 2015, were reportedly sold out within 12 minutes.[5]

Host selection

Bids

The ICC announced the previous edition, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup hosts, on 30 April 2006. Australian and New Zealand had also bid for the tournament and a successful Australasian bid for the 2011 World Cup would have seen a 50–50 split in games, with the final still up for negotiation. The Trans-Tasman bid, Beyond Boundaries, was the only bid for 2011 delivered to the ICC headquarters at Dubai before 1 March deadline. Considerable merits of the bid included the superior venues and infrastructure, and the total support of the Australian and New Zealand governments on tax and custom issues during the tournament, according to Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.[6] The New Zealand government had also assured that the Zimbabwean team would be allowed to take part in the tournament after political discussions about whether their team would be allowed to tour Zimbabwe in 2005.[7]

ICC President Ehsan Mani said that the extra time required by the Asian block to hand over its bid had harmed the four-nation bid. However, when it came to the voting, the Asians won by seven votes to four; according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), it was the vote of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) that turned the matter. It was reported in Pakistani newspaper Dawn that the Asian countries promised to hold fund-raising events for West Indian cricket during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, which may have influenced the vote.[8] However, I.S. Bindra, chairman of the monitoring committee of the Asian bid, denied that, saying that it was their promise of extra profits of US$400 million that swung the vote in their way.[9]

The ICC was so impressed by the efficiency of the Trans-Tasman bid that they decided to award the next World Cup, to be held in 2015, to them.[10]

Australia and New Zealand last jointly hosted the Cricket World Cup in 1992.

Format

The tournament will feature 14 teams, the same number as the 2011 World Cup, giving associate and affiliate member nations a chance to participate.[11]

The format is the same as the 2011 edition: 14 teams will take part in the initial stages, divided into two groups of seven; the seven teams play each other once before the top four teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The format ensures that each team gets to play a minimum of six matches even if they exit in the group stage.

Qualification

Highlighted are the countries to participate in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
  Qualified as full member of ICC
  Qualified via WCL or qualifier
  Participate in qualifier but failed to qualify

Per ICC regulations, the 10 ICC full member nations qualify for the tournament automatically. Immediately after the 2011 World Cup, it was decided that the next tournament would be reduced to only feature the 10 full members.[12] This was met with heavy criticism from a number of associate nations, especially from the Ireland cricket team, who had performed well in 2007 and 2011. Following support shown by the ICC Cricket Committee for a qualification process,[13] the ICC retracted their decision in June 2011 and decided that 14 teams will participate in the 2015 World Cup, including four associate or affiliate member nations.[14]

At the ICC Chief Executives' Committee meeting in September 2011, the ICC decided on a new qualifying format. The top two teams of the 2011–13 ICC World Cricket League Championship qualify directly. The remaining six teams join the third and fourth-placed teams of 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Two and the top two teams of 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in a 10-team World Cup Qualifier to decide the remaining two places.[15][16]

On 9 July 2013, as a result of a tied match against Netherlands, Ireland became the first country to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.[17] On 4 October 2013, Afghanistan qualified for their first Cricket World Cup after beating Kenya to finish in second place behind Ireland.[18]

Scotland defeated the United Arab Emirates in the final of the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier and both teams qualified for the last 2 spots in the 2015 Cricket World cup.

Team Method of qualification Past appearances Last appearance Previous best performance Rank[nb 1] Group
 England Full member 10 2011 Runners-up (1979, 1987, 1992) 1 A
 South Africa 6 2011 Semi-finals (1992, 1999, 2007) 2 B
 India 10 2011 Champions (1983, 2011) 3 B
 Australia 10 2011 Champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007) 4 A
 Sri Lanka 10 2011 Champions (1996) 5 A
 Pakistan 10 2011 Champions (1992) 6 B
 West Indies 10 2011 Champions (1975, 1979) 7 B
 Bangladesh 4 2011 Super 8 (2007) 8 A
 New Zealand 10 2011 Semi-finals (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007, 2011) 9 A
 Zimbabwe 8 2011 Super 6 (1999, 2003) 10 B
 Ireland WCL Championship 2 2011 Super 8 (2007) 11 B
 Afghanistan 0 12 A
 Scotland[19] World Cup Qualifier 2 2007 Group stage (1999, 2007) 13 A
 United Arab Emirates 1 1996 Group stage (1996) 14 B
  1. ^ Full members' ranks are based on the ICC ODI Championship rankings as of 31 December 2012.

Preparations

Local organising committee

In preparation for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the organising committee of the tournament was finalised. John Harnden was named chief executive,[20] James Strong as chairman,[21] and Ralph Waters was named as the deputy chairman.[22]

Allocation of matches

When Australia and New Zealand bid for the 2011 Cricket World Cup in 2006, they said that it will see a 50–50 split in games. Finally, it was decided on 30 July 2013 that Australia would host 26 matches, while New Zealand got a share of 23 matches in the tournament. There was a tense battle between Melbourne and Sydney to host the final.[23] However on 30 July 2013, it was announced that Melbourne will host the final, with Sydney and Auckland hosting the semi-finals.[24]

Media and promotion

The World Cup has grown as a media event with each tournament. The International Cricket Council has sold the rights for broadcasting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup for US$2 billion to ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket. According to Strong, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) wants to make the tournament the most fan-friendly event of its kind and take cricket to a wide range of communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.[25]

Sachin Tendulkar has been named as the 2015 Cricket World Cup Ambassador by the ICC for the second time, after 2011 Cricket World Cup where he was the official event ambassador. [26]

Television, radio and internet

Location Television broadcaster(s) Radio broadcaster(s) Web streaming
 Afghanistan Cable/satellite Ariana Television Network, Lemar TV
 Australia
ABC Local Radio, 3AW Fox Sports(Foxsports.com.au)
Africa South African Broadcasting Corporation
SuperSports (South Africa only)[citation needed]
SuperSport
 Bangladesh Cable/satellite Bangladesh Television and Gazi Television Bangladesh Betar Star Sports
 Bhutan Star Sports
 Canada Asian Television Network EchoStar
Central America EchoStar
 China Star Sports
Europe(Except UK and Ireland) Eurosport2 Eurosport
 Fiji Fiji TV
 India
All India Radio
 Ireland Cable/satellite (pay): Sky Sports[29] BBC Radio BskyB
 Jamaica Television Jamaica
 Maldives Star Sports
Middle East Arab Radio and Television Network[citation needed] Arab Radio and Television Network[citation needed]
   Nepal Star Sports 1 and 2
 New Zealand
Sky Sport
 Pakistan Cable/satellite (pay): PTV Sports[32] Hum FM Star Sports
 Singapore Star Cricket
 Sri Lanka Cable/satellite: CSN and Star Cricket Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation[citation needed] Star Sports
 United Arab Emirates Hum FM
 United Kingdom Cable/satellite (pay): Sky Sports[33] BBC Radio BskyB
 United States
 West Indies Cable/satellite: CMC CMC CMC
Rest of the World SuperSport

Prize money

The International Cricket Council has declared a total prize money pool of $10 million for the tournament, which is 20 percent more than the 2011 edition. The prize money will be distributed according to the performance of the team as follows:[35]

Stage Prize money (US$) Total
Winner $3,975,000 $3,975,000
Runner-up $1,750,000 $1,750,000
Losing semi-finalists $600,000 $1,200,000
Losing quarter-finalists $300,000 $1,200,000
Winner of each group match $45,000 $1,890,000
Teams eliminated in group stage $35,000 $210,000
Total $10,225,000

This means that if the winner remains undefeated throughout the group stage of the tournament, they will win a total of $4,245,000 (winner's prize plus $45,000 for each group stage win), while a team which is eliminated in the group stage without any wins will be given $35,000.

Venues

Sydney Melbourne Adelaide Brisbane Perth
Sydney Cricket Ground Melbourne Cricket Ground Adelaide Oval The Gabba WACA Ground
Capacity: 48,000 (upgraded) Capacity: 100,024 Capacity: 53,500 (upgraded) Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 24,500
Ashes 2010-11 Sydney Test final wicket.jpg MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground).jpg Completed Adelaide Oval 2014 - cropped and rotated.jpg Australia vs South Africa.jpg 3rd Test, Perth, 15Dec2006.jpg
Hobart Canberra
Bellerive Oval Manuka Oval
Capacity: 20,000 (upgraded) Capacity: 13,550
Bellerive oval hobart.jpg Manuka Oval.JPG
Auckland Christchurch
Eden Park Hagley Oval
Capacity: 46,000 Capacity: 20,000
Eden Park at Dusk, 2013, cropped.jpg Hagley Oval 2007 - from HagleyParkAerialPhoto.jpg
Hamilton Napier Wellington Nelson Dunedin
Seddon Park McLean Park Wellington Regional Stadium Saxton Oval University Oval
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 33,000 Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 6,000
Waikato cricket ground.jpg McLean Park, Napier.jpg Westpac Stadium Cricket luving Crowd.jpg Saxton oval panorama cropped.jpg New Zealand vs Pakistan, University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand.jpg

Squads

The teams, after initially naming a provisional 30-member squad, are required to finalise a 15-member squad for the tournament on or before 7 January 2015.[36]

Warm-up matches

Fourteen non-ODI warm-up matches are scheduled to be played from 8 to 13 February.[37]

8 February 2015
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9 February 2015
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9 February 2015
v

9 February 2015
v

9 February 2015
v

10 February 2015
v

10 February 2015
v

11 February 2015
v

11 February 2015
v

11 February 2015
v

11 February 2015
v

12 February 2015
v

12 February 2015
v

13 February 2015
v

Group stage

A total of 42 matches will be played throughout the group stage of tournament. The top four teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Pool A

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
 England
 Australia
 Sri Lanka
 Bangladesh
 New Zealand
 Afghanistan
 Scotland
14 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

14 February
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

17 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

18 February
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

20 February
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

21 February
13:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

22 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

23 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

26 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

26 February
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

28 February
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

1 March
11:00
Scorecard
v

4 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
Match 26
WACA Ground, Perth

5 March
11:00
Scorecard
v

8 March
11:00
Scorecard
v

8 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

9 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

11 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

13 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

13 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

14 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

Pool B

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
 South Africa
 India
 Pakistan
 West Indies
 Zimbabwe
 Ireland
 United Arab Emirates
15 February
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

15 February
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

16 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

19 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

21 February
11:00
Scorecard
v

22 February
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

24 February
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

25 February
13:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

27 February
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

28 February
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
Match 21
WACA Ground, Perth

1 March
13:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

3 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

4 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

6 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
Match 28
WACA Ground, Perth

7 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

7 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

10 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

12 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

14 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

15 March
11:00
Scorecard
v

15 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

Knockout stage

While the dates and venues are fixed, which match-up they host is subject to change to accommodate the host countries should they qualify. If Australia qualify for the quarter-finals, they will play in the match on 20 March in Adelaide. If New Zealand qualify for the quarter-finals, they will play on 21 March in Wellington.[38] If Sri Lanka and England (the next two highest ranked teams) progress to the quarter-finals, they will play in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.[39] Should Sri Lanka or England fail to qualify for the quarter-finals, the team that replaces them will take their place. The teams from each pool will be paired based on the A1 v B4, A2 v B3, A3 v B2, A4 v B1 format.[39]

If Australia qualify for the semi-finals, they will play the game on 26 March in Sydney. If New Zealand qualifies, their semi-final will be played on 24 March in Auckland. In the event of an Australia v New Zealand semi-final, the team that finished higher in Pool A will have home advantage for the match.[38][40]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
A1  
B4  
 
 
B2  
A3  
 
 
A2  
B3  
 
 
B1  
A4  


Quarter-finals

18 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
Quarter-final 1
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

19 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

20 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
Quarter-final 3
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

21 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
Quarter-final 4
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Semi-finals

24 March
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
Semi-final 1
Eden Park, Auckland

26 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

Final

29 March
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

See also

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