The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord's. The 10-team-tournament has gained much criticism due to the lack of associate teams in the tournament, but as of March 2015, the ICC look to be keeping the competition at just 10 teams. Australia are the defending champions.
The 2019 World Cup will feature 10 teams, down from 14 teams in 2011 and 2015. The hosts England, and the top 7 other teams, as on 30 September 2017, in the ICC rankings (comprising the ten full members, Ireland and Afghanistan) will earn automatic qualification with the remaining 2 spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh. This allows ICC Associate and Affiliate members to compete for the remaining 2 spots meaning the tournament may not feature any Associate or Affiliate nation. The ten teams that would compete for the remaining 2 spots will be teams ranked 9 through 12 and top 6 teams from the World Cricket League Division-1. In February 2015, Ireland batsman Ed Joyce said "we are very disappointed that it is (to be) a 10-team World Cup".
The fixture list for this event has not been released. However, on 17 December 2014, the ECB indicated that the final would be held at Lord's, and the semi-finals at Old Trafford and Edgbaston Cricket Ground. In addition, the opening match of the tournament will be held at The Oval.