2019 Cricket World Cup
Official Logo for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
|Dates||30 May–14 July|
|Administrator(s)||International Cricket Council|
|Cricket format||One Day International|
|Tournament format(s)||Round-robin and Knockout|
The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the 2015 ICC 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. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.
The format for the tournament will be a single group of ten teams, with each team playing the other nine teams, and the top four teams progressing to a knockout stage of semi-finals and a final. The ten team tournament has gained criticism due to the lack of Associate teams in the tournament. Given the increase of the Test playing nations from 10 to 12, with the admission of Ireland and Afghanistan in June 2017, it will be the first World Cup to be contested without all of the Test playing nations being present, and after the elimination of all the Associate teams at the qualifying tournament, this will be also be the first World Cup to feature no Associate members.
Following the 2019 Pulwama attack which happened during February 2019 on the Indian Army by a terrorist group, several former Indian players and Board of Control for Cricket in India called for the boycott on the World Cup group match fixture between India and Pakistan with raising concerns on banning Pakistan cricket team from playing in the World Cup tournament. However, after conducting a press meet in Dubai, the International Cricket Council rejected BCCI's statement regarding banning Pakistan from the World Cup and assured that the scheduled match will go ahead as planned despite the ongoing standoff between the two nations.
The 2019 World Cup will feature 10 teams, a decrease from previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 teams. The hosts, England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of 30 September 2017 earned automatic qualification, with the remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
At the time of the announcement of the qualification structure, ICC Associate and Affiliate members, who were guaranteed four spots in the previous two World Cup tournaments, could be represented by at most two teams, and possibly none at all if they were beaten by the lowest ranked Full Members in the Qualifier. It also meant that at least two of the 10 Test playing nations at the time of the announcement would have to play in the qualifying tournament, and could possibly miss the World Cup finals entirely.
Following recent success, Ireland and Afghanistan were promoted into the ICC ODI Championship and have also since been promoted to full members of the ICC, becoming the newest Test cricketing nations. However, they still needed to qualify for the World Cup via the current process.
Afghanistan won the qualifying tournament defeating the West Indies in the final. Both teams qualified for the World Cup, while Zimbabwe despite hosting the qualifying tournament failed to reach the final and will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1983. Recently appointed full member Ireland will also miss the World Cup for the first time since 2007 and for the first time ever no Associate nation will be participating in the World Cup.
|Means of qualification||Date||Venue||Berths||Qualified|
|Host nation||30 September 2006||N/A||1||England|
|ICC ODI Championship||30 September 2017||Various||7|| Australia|
|2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier||23 March 2018||Zimbabwe||2|| Afghanistan|
The fixture list for the tournament was released on 26 April 2018 after the completion of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Kolkata. London Stadium had been named as a possible venue in the planning stages, and in January 2017 the ICC completed an inspection of the ground, confirming that the pitch dimensions would be compliant with the requirements to host ODI matches. However, when the fixtures were announced, London Stadium was not included as a venue.
|Ground||Edgbaston||Bristol County Ground||Sophia Gardens||Riverside Ground||Headingley|
|Matches||5 (including semi-final)||3||4||3||4|
|Lord's||The Oval||Old Trafford||Trent Bridge||Rose Bowl||County Ground|
|5 (including Final)||5||6 (including semi-final)||5||5||3|
The teams don’t have to name the probable 30 for the tournament, all the participating teams have to submit the names of their respective World Cup squads by April 30, 2019. The teams have the option of changing players in this 15 anytime up to seven days prior to the tournament.
Ten non-ODI warm-up matches will be played from 24 to 28 May 2019. All times are in British Summer time(UTC +1).
The group stage format is a round-robin, where all ten teams play each other once, in a single group. This means a total of 45 matches will be played, with each team playing a total of nine matches. The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage. A similar format was previously used in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, though that tournament featured nine teams instead of ten.
|1||England||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000||Advance to semi-finals|
- Note: The total points at the end of each group match are listed.
- Note: Click on the points (group matches) or W/L (knockout) to see the match summary.
The ICC released the fixture details on 26 April 2018.
The knockout stage will see two semi-finals, with the winners of each progressing to the final at Lord's. On 25 April 2018, it was reported that Old Trafford and Edgbaston would host the two semi-finals just as they did back in 1999, with all of the knockout games having a reserve day.
|9 July – Old Trafford, Manchester|
|14 July – Lord's, London|
|11 July – Edgbaston, Birmingham|
9 July 2019
11 July 2019
14 July 2019
Winners Semi-final 1
Winners Semi-final 2
Media and promotion
The following networks have rights to broadcast the tournament live:
|Location||Television broadcaster(s)||Radio broadcaster(s)||Web streaming||Mobile|
|Australia||Cable/satellite (pay): Fox Sports||Foxsports.com.au||Foxtel NOW|
|Arab World||Cable/satellite OSN Sports Cricket||OSN.com/PlayWavo.com||OSN, Wavo|
|Bangladesh||Cable/satellite Bangladesh Television, Gazi TV and Star Sports||Bangladesh Betar||Rabbitholebd.com||Rabbithole App|
|Star Cricket||astrogo.astro.com.my||Asrto Go|
|Canada||Cable/Satellite (pay): ATN Network||Hotstar.com||Hotstar|
|ESPN||espn.co.uk/ Caribbean||ESPN Play |
(except UK and Ireland)
|Hong Kong||Star Cricket||nowtv.now.com/||Now TV App|
| United Kingdom
|Cable/satellite: Sky Sports||BBC Radio||Skysports.com||Sky Go|
|Cable/satellite: Star Sports
DD Sports (India matches, Semi-finals and Final only)
|All India Radio
(India matches, Semi-finals and Final)
(except Australia and New Zealand)
|New Zealand||Cable/satellite (pay): Sky Sport||Sky.co.nz/
|Pakistan||Cable/satellite: Ten Sports Pakistan & PTV Sports||Sonyliv.com
|Singapore||Star Cricket||Starhubgo.com||Starhub Go|
|Sri Lanka||Star Sports, Channel Eye||Channeleye.lk
|Watch ESPN Brazil |
ESPN Play South
ESPN Play North
| South Africa and
|Cable/satellite: SuperSport||SuperSport.com||SuperSport App|
The U.S. Virgin Island
Northern Mariana Islands
|Willow TV ||WillowTv.com
Willow TV App
|Source: icc-cricket.com (unless otherwise stated)|
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