ICC World Cup 2019 schedule : The ICC World Cup 2019 to be played in England and Wales, the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup is now less than a year to go with the tournament all set to begin from 30 May, 2019. Let’s take a look at the ICC World Cup 2019 schedule, teams and tournament format in this post.
Often criticized to have far too many teams and quite a lot of irrelevant matches, the ICC World Cup for 2019 has been trimmed down to 10 teams for the 46-day tournament, which will feature 48 matches.
In the last edition of the Cricket World Cup – the ICC World Cup 2015 played in Australia and New Zealand, as many as 14 teams took part and this time there has been a considerable cut in that. Once the tournament begins, a lot of fans will be busy in online cricket betting, to use their prediction skills to earn some quick bucks. There are plenty of good online cricket betting sites for the ICC World Cup 2019 for those interested.
Coming back to the ICC World Cup 2019 schedule, what we get to see is that Zimbabwe is out of the ICC World Cup 2019 for the first time since they made their debut in the Prudential World Cup 1983. On the other hand, two-time Cricket World Cup champions in 1973 and 1979 – West Indies had to qualify to earn a berth in the ICC World Cup 2019.
Afghanistan is the only minnow taking part in the next Cricket World Cup with the likes of Scotland, the Netherlands and Ireland – which had featured in the ICC World Cup 2015 missing out.
ICC World Cup 2019 Teams
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
ICC World Cup 2019 Format
The upcoming Cricket World Cup has also given up the groups system that has been a norm since the Wills World Cup 1996, which was played in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The ICC World Cup 2019 has a striking resemblance with the Benson and Hedges World Cup 1992 played in Australia and New Zealand with all the teams playing the other once in a single-league format.
The top four teams in the ICC World Cup 2019 points table will battle it out in the two semi-finals.
A total of 11 venues have been selected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) across England and Wales for its flagship tournament, which will be a mix of day and day/night matches.
A Brief Look at the ICC World Cup 2019 Schedule
The tournament kicks off with hosts England taking on South Africa at The Oval in London on 30 May, which is a Thursday. The ICC World Cup 2019 Final has been scheduled to be played at Lord’s on 14 July, on a Sunday. Interestingly, the ICC has kept the two semi-finals at Manchester and Birmingham and the final as day matches.
The most-watched match of the ICC World Cup 2019, both in the ground and on television has got to be India vs Pakistan, which has been fitted in the middle of the tournament as match no. 22. The Ind vs Pak ICC World Cup 2019 match will be played on 16 June 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester with the ICC cleverly ensuring that it is a Sunday.
As far as history is concerned, five out of the ten teams had previously been Cricket World Cup champions. Australia had won the Cricket World Cup in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2015. West Indies and India have won the Cricket World Cup twice. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a Cricket World Cup title to their credit as well.
England, which is credited to have invented the sport, is yet to win the Cricket World Cup and it doesn’t seem likely that they will pull it off in the 12th edition. Two other teams South Africa and New Zealand had their opportunities but suffered from failing during crunch time.
With the tournament to be played in England and Wales, once can expect that the swing and seam bowlers would be having a good time in keeping the batsmen under a check, especially with two new balls used in an innings. Let’s hope that we have a cracker of a tournament coming up and make sure that you follow the ICC World Cup 2019 schedule and ICC World Cup 2019 live scores at OyeCricket.com.