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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
Champions  Australia (5th title)
Participants 14
Matches played 49
Attendance 1,011,402 (20,641 per match)
Man of the Series Australia Mitchell Starc
Most runs New Zealand Martin Guptill (547)
Most wickets Australia Mitchell Starc (22)
New Zealand Trent Boult (22)
Official website Cricket World Cup
2011
2019

The 2015 Cricket World Cup was the 11th Cricket World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015. Fourteen teams played 49 matches in 14 venues, with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney while New Zealand hosted 23 games in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.[1]

The hosting rights were awarded at the same time as those of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which Australia and New Zealand had originally bid to host, and the 2019 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 (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 was the second time the tournament was held in Australia and New Zealand, with the first being the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar was 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.

India were the defending champions, having won the tournament in 2011. Tickets for the Pool B match between India and Pakistan, played on 15 February 2015, reportedly sold out within 12 minutes of going on sale.[4]

The final match of the tournament took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between co-hosts New Zealand and Australia in front of a record crowd of 93,013[5] while the average attendance throughout the tournament was 21,071.[6] Australia defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup .

Host selection

Bids

The ICC announced the hosts for the previous World Cup, the 2011 competition, on 30 April 2006. Australia 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 the 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.[7] 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.[8]

ICC President Ehsan Mani said that the extra time required by the Asian bloc 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 fundraising events for West Indian cricket during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, which may have influenced the vote.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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

Format

The tournament featured 14 teams, the same number as the 2011 World Cup, giving associate and affiliate member nations a chance to participate.[12]

The format was the same as the 2011 edition: 14 teams 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.

On 29 January 2015, ICC reinstated the use of the Super Over for Cricket World Cup Final match if the match finished as a tie.[13][14]

Qualification

Highlighted are the countries to participate in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
  Qualified as full member of ICC
  Qualified via WCL or qualifier
  Participated in qualifying process but did not 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.[15] 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, including victories over Pakistan and England, both full member nations. Following support shown by the ICC Cricket Committee for a qualification process,[16] the ICC retracted their decision in June 2011 and decided that 14 teams would participate in the 2015 World Cup, including four associate or affiliate member nations.[17]

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.[18][19]

On 9 July 2013, as a result of a tied match against the Netherlands, Ireland became the first country to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.[20] On 4 October 2013, Afghanistan qualified for their first Cricket World Cup after beating Kenya to finish in second place behind Ireland.[21]

Scotland defeated the United Arab Emirates in the final of the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier and both teams qualified for the last two spots in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[22]

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 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,[23] James Strong as chairman,[24] and Ralph Waters was named as the deputy chairman.[25]

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.[26] On 30 July 2013, it was announced that Melbourne will host the final, with Sydney and Auckland hosting the semi-finals.[27]

Visas

It was announced that spectators travelling to World Cup matches in New Zealand who would otherwise not be entitled to a visa waiver, would be able to enter New Zealand if they held an Australian visitor visa. This was a special Trans-Tasman Visa Arrangement for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[28][29][30]

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 Sports. 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.[31]

Sachin Tendulkar was 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.

Broadcasting rights

The following networks broadcast the tournament:[32]

Location Television broadcaster(s) Radio broadcaster(s) Web streaming
 Afghanistan Cable/satellite Ariana Television Network, Lemar TV
 Australia
ABC (ABC Local Radio, ABC Digital Extra, ABC radio app, Grandstand Digital, Online),[35] 3AW Fox Sports (Foxsports.com.au)[33]
Africa (except South Africa) SuperSport
Arab World Cable/satellite OSN Sports Cricket
 Bangladesh Cable/satellite Bangladesh Television, Maasranga TV, Gazi Television and Star Sports Bangladesh Betar Star Sports
 Bhutan Star Sports
 Canada Cable/Satellite (pay): Sportsnet
Rogers Communications [36]
EchoStar broadband (pay): Rogers Cable[36]
Central America ESPN
Europe
(except UK and Ireland)
Star Sports
 Fiji Fiji TV
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation(highlights only)
Star Sports
 India
All India Radio (only India matches, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final)
AIR FM Rainbow (hourly updates)[39]
 United Kingdom and  Ireland
BBC Radio BSkyB
 New Zealand
Sky Sport
 Pakistan
Star Sports
 Singapore Star Cricket
 South Africa Free-to-air: South African Broadcasting Corporation 30 matches
Cable/satellite: SuperSport
SABC SuperSport
 Sri Lanka Free-to-air: Channel Eye
Cable/satellite: Star Sports
Star Sports
 United Arab Emirates OSN
 United States Satellite (pay): ESPN Broadband (pay): WatchESPN[48]
 West Indies Free-to-air: CMC [49]
Satellite (pay): ESPN
CMC CMC
Source:[32] (unless otherwise stated)

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremonies were held separately in Christchurch, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia, on 12 February 2015, two days before the first two matches.

Prize money

The International Cricket Council declared a total prize money pool of $10 million for the tournament, which was 20 percent more than the 2011 edition. The prize money was distributed according to the performance of the team as follows:[50]

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 had have remained undefeated throughout the group stage of the tournament, they would have won a total of $4,245,000 (winner's prize plus $45,000 for each group stage win), while a team which would have eliminated in the group stage without any wins would have got $35,000.

Venues

Each venue hosted 3 pool stage matches. With the quarter-finals being in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Wellington. With the semi-finals played in Auckland and Sydney, with the final played in Melbourne.

Venue City Country Capacity Matches
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Australia 48,000 5 (quarter-final, semi-final)
Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Australia 100,000 5 (quarter-final, final)
The 'Gabba Brisbane Australia 42,000 3
Adelaide Oval Adelaide Australia 53,500 4 (quarter-final)
WACA Ground Perth Australia 24,500 3
Bellerive Oval Hobart Australia 20,000 3
Manuka Oval Canberra Australia 13,550 3
Eden Park Auckland New Zealand 50,000 4 (semi-final)
Hagley Oval Christchurch New Zealand 20,000 3
Seddon Park Hamilton New Zealand 12,000 3
McLean Park Napier New Zealand 22,500 3
Wellington Regional Stadium Wellington New Zealand 37,000 4 (quarter-final)
Saxton Oval Nelson New Zealand 5,000 3
University Oval Dunedin New Zealand 6,000 3
Sydney Melbourne Adelaide Brisbane Perth
Sydney Cricket Ground Melbourne Cricket Ground Adelaide Oval The Gabba WACA Ground
Capacity: 48,000 (upgraded)[51] Capacity: 100,024 Capacity: 53,500 (upgraded)[52] 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)[53] Capacity: 13,550
Bellerive oval hobart.jpg Manuka Oval.JPG
Auckland Christchurch
Eden Park Hagley Oval
Capacity: 50,000 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: 22,500 Capacity: 37,000 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
Source:[54] (correct except for upgraded stadia, which have their own sources)

Umpires

The Umpire selection panel selected 20 umpires to officiate at the World Cup: five each from Australia and England, five from Asia, two each from New Zealand and South Africa and one from the West Indies.[55]

Squads

The teams, after initially naming a provisional 30-member squad, were required to finalise a 15-member squad for the tournament on or before 7 January 2015.[56]

Warm-up matches

Fourteen non-ODI warm-up matches were played from 8 to 13 February.[57]

Group stage

A total of 42 matches were played throughout the group stage of the tournament. The top four teams from each pool qualified for the quarter-finals. In the event that two or more teams are tied on points after six matches the team with the most number of wins was to be ranked higher. If tied teams also had the same number of wins then they had to be ranked according to net run rate.[58]

Pool A

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
 New Zealand 6 6 0 0 0 +2.564 12
 Australia 6 4 1 0 1 +2.257 9
 Sri Lanka 6 4 2 0 0 +0.371 8
 Bangladesh 6 3 2 0 1 +0.136 7
 England 6 2 4 0 0 −0.753 4
 Afghanistan 6 1 5 0 0 −1.853 2
 Scotland 6 0 6 0 0 −2.218 0
14 February
Scorecard
New Zealand 
331/6 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
233 (46.1 overs)
14 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
342/9 (50 overs)
v
 England
231 (41.5 overs)
17 February
Scorecard
Scotland 
142 (36.2 overs)
v
 New Zealand
146/7 (24.5 overs)
18 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
267 (50 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
162 (42.5 overs)
20 February (D/N)
Scorecard
England 
123 (33.2 overs)
v
 New Zealand
125/2 (12.2 overs)
21 February (D/N)
Scorecard
v
22 February
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
232 (49.4 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
236/6 (48.2 overs)
23 February
Scorecard
England 
303/8 (50 overs)
v
 Scotland
184 (42.2 overs)
26 February
Scorecard
Scotland 
210 (50 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
211/9 (49.3 overs)
26 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
332/1 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
240 (47 overs)
28 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
151 (32.2 overs)
v
 New Zealand
152/9 (23.1 overs)
1 March
Scorecard
England 
309/6 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
312/1 (47.2 overs)
4 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
417/6 (50 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
142 (37.3 overs)
5 March
Scorecard
Scotland 
318/8 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
322/4 (48.1 overs)
8 March
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
186 (47.4 overs)
v
 New Zealand
188/4 (36.1 overs)
8 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
376/9 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
312 (46.2 overs)
9 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
275/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
260 (48.3 overs)
11 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
363/9 (50 overs)
v
 Scotland
215 (43.1 overs)
13 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
288/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
290/7 (48.5 overs)
13 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
111/7 (36.2 overs)
v
 England
101/1 (18.1 overs)
14 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Scotland 
130 (25.4 overs)
v
 Australia
133/3 (15.2 overs)

Pool B

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
 India 6 6 0 0 0 +1.827 12
 South Africa 6 4 2 0 0 +1.707 8
 Pakistan 6 4 2 0 0 −0.085 8
 West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 −0.053 6
 Ireland 6 3 3 0 0 −0.933 6
 Zimbabwe 6 1 5 0 0 −0.527 2
 United Arab Emirates 6 0 6 0 0 −2.032 0
15 February (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
339/4 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
277 (48.2 overs)
15 February (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
300/7 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
224 (47 overs)
16 February
Scorecard
West Indies 
304/7 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
307/6 (45.5 overs)
19 February
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates 
285/7 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
286/6 (48 overs)
21 February
Scorecard
West Indies 
310/6 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
160 (39 overs)
22 February (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
307/7 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
177 (40.2 overs)
24 February (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
372/2 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
289 (44.3 overs)
25 February (D/N)
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates 
278/9 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
279/8 (49.2 overs)
27 February (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
408/5 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
151 (33.1 overs)
28 February (D/N)
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates 
102 (31.3 overs)
v
 India
104/1 (18.5 overs)
1 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
235/7 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
215 (49.4 overs)
3 March (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
411/4 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
210 (45 overs)
4 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
339/6 (50 overs)
v
 United Arab Emirates
210/8 (50 overs)
6 March (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
182 (44.2 overs)
v
 India
185/6 (39.1 overs)
7 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
222 (46.4 overs)
v
 South Africa
202 (33.3 overs)
7 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
331/8 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
326 (49.3 overs)
10 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
259 (49 overs)
v
 India
260/2 (36.5 overs)
12 March (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
341/6 (50 overs)
v
 United Arab Emirates
195 (47.3 overs)
14 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
287 (48.5 overs)
v
 India
288/4 (48.4 overs)
15 March
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates 
175 (47.4 overs)
v
 West Indies
176/4 (30.3 overs)
15 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
237 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
241/3 (46.1 overs)

Knockout stage

Australia defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the final of the knockout stage to win the World Cup their fifth time.

While the dates and venues are fixed, which match-up they host was subject to change to accommodate the host countries should they qualify. Both hosts qualified for the quarter-finals; Australia played the match on 20 March in Adelaide, and New Zealand played the match on 21 March in Wellington. Since Sri Lanka, the next highest ranked team, progressed to the quarter-finals, they played in Sydney. If England had advanced, as they were the third-highest ranked team, they would have played in Melbourne.[59] As England failed to qualify for the quarter-finals, Bangladesh took their place.[60][61] The teams from each pool was paired based on the A1 v B4, A2 v B3, A3 v B2, A4 v B1 format.[59]

New Zealand's semi-final against South Africa was played on 24 March in Auckland while Australia's semi-final against India was played on 26 March is Sydney.[62][63] Both the host nations qualified for the final, where Australia defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
A1  New Zealand 393/6
B4  West Indies 250
B2  South Africa 281/5
A1  New Zealand 299/6
A3  Sri Lanka 133
B2  South Africa 134/1
A1  New Zealand 183
A2  Australia 186/3
B3  Pakistan 213
A2  Australia 216/4
A2  Australia 328/7
B1  India 233
B1  India 302/6
A4  Bangladesh 193


Quarter-finals

18 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
133 (37.2 overs)
v
 South Africa
134/1 (18 overs)
19 March (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
302/6 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
193 (45 overs)
20 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
213 (49.5 overs)
v
 Australia
216/4 (33.5 overs)
21 March (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
393/6 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
250 (30.3 overs)

Semi-finals

24 March (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
281/5 (43 overs)
v
 New Zealand
299/6 (42.5 overs)
26 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
328/7 (50 overs)
v
 India
233 (46.5 overs)

Final

29 March (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
183 (45 overs)
v
 Australia
186/3 (33.1 overs)

Statistics

Most runs

Player Team Mat Inns Runs Ave SR HS 100 50 4s 6s
Martin Guptill  New Zealand 9 9 547 68.37 104.58 237* 2 1 59 16
Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka 7 7 541 108.20 105.87 124 4 0 57 7
AB de Villiers  South Africa 8 7 482 96.40 144.31 162* 1 3 43 21
Brendan Taylor  Zimbabwe 6 6 433 72.16 106.91 138 2 1 43 12
Shikhar Dhawan  India 8 8 412 51.50 91.75 137 2 1 48 9
Last updated: 29 March 2015[64]

Most wickets

Player Team Mat Inns Wkts Ave Econ BBI SR
Mitchell Starc  Australia 8 8 22 10.18 3.50 6/28 17.40
Trent Boult  New Zealand 9 9 22 16.86 4.36 5/27 23.10
Umesh Yadav  India 8 8 18 17.83 4.98 4/31 21.40
Mohammed Shami  India 7 7 17 17.29 4.81 4/35 21.50
Morné Morkel  South Africa 8 8 17 17.58 4.38 3/34 24.00
Last updated: 29 March 2015[65]

Controversies

  • The Pool A match between Australia and England ended when James Anderson was run out straight after James Taylor was given out lbw. Because Taylor's decision was reviewed and overturned, the ICC later admitted that the ball should have been declared dead (according to Article 3.6a of Appendix 6 of the Decision Review System Playing Conditions), and so Anderson was incorrectly given out.[66]
  • During the Pool B match between Ireland and Zimbabwe, Sean Williams was caught by Ireland's John Mooney in a close run chase. Mooney was extremely close to the boundary and eight different television replays were inconclusive as to whether his foot had touched the boundary rope. Meanwhile, Williams had walked and the umpires signalled him out.[67]
  • During the second quarter-final match between India and Bangladesh, Rubel Hossain bowled a full toss to Rohit Sharma who was caught at square-leg. The umpire thought the ball was too high and declared it a no ball, meaning the batsman was not out. Replays showed that the ball was waist height, and therefore a legal delivery.[68] The ICC's Bangladeshi President, Mustafa Kamal, later questioned the integrity of the umpire and threatened to resign in protest[69][70][71] and Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said India won the match because of umpiring errors.[72] However, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson claimed the accusations were baseless, and based on personal feelings of an individual. He said the incident was a 50-50 call and the decision belonged to the umpire.[73][74]

ODI retirements

The following international cricketers announced their retirement from ODI cricket after this World Cup.

Player Country ODIs Refs.
Shahid Afridi  Pakistan 398 [75][76]
Michael Clarke  Australia 245 [77][78]
Brad Haddin  Australia 126 [79][80]
Mahela Jayawardene  Sri Lanka 448 [81][82][83]
Khurram Khan  United Arab Emirates 16 [84][85]
Misbah-ul-Haq  Pakistan 162 [75][86]
Kyle Mills  New Zealand 170 [87][88]
Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka 404 [81][82][89]
Brendan Taylor  Zimbabwe 167 [90][91]
Daniel Vettori  New Zealand 295 [92][93]

See also

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