2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

The 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup will be the 12th edition of the One Day International cricket competition. The tournament is held every four years and is arguably the most important event in the international cricket calendar.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will feature 10 teams, a decrease from the 2011 and 2015 World Cups that featured 14 teams. The decision to reduce the number of participants brought a huge uproar among some of the associate cricketing nations, but the ICC went ahead and indicated that the T20 World Cup will be open to the associates.

The Cricket World Cup is the world’s third largest and one of the world's most viewed sporting events behind the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games.

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ICC Cricket World Cup History 


First hosted in England in 1975, the Cricket World Cup came just four years after the first ever One-Day International (ODI) match was played. The ICC (International Cricket Council) organised it due to the popularity of one-day cricket at the time. 

That tournament was played over 60 overs and during the daytime with the players wearing traditional whites and using red cricket balls.

The 1979 World Cup saw the introduction of the ICC Trophy competition to select non-Test playing teams to compete in the tournament. Sri Lanka and Canada were the first benefactors of this provision, making it an eight-team competition. 

The next edition in 1983 was also played in England. India were surprise winners in 1983, sparking a cricket revolution in the subcontinent that has gradually propelled them to the epicentre of cricket in the modern era.

The 1987 World Cup in India and Pakistan was the first World Cup hosted outside England. It also marked the reduction of overs from 60 to 50 which has now become the norm.

The West Indies won the first two World Cup tournaments but Australia have been the dominant force in recent years. 

ICC Cricket World Cup Winners and Runners-up


YearWinnersRunners-upHost(s)
2023


2019

England / Wales
2015AustraliaNew Zealand Australia / New Zealand
2011IndiaSri LankaIndia / Sri Lanka / Bangladesh
2007AustraliaSri LankaWest Indies
2003AustraliaIndiaSouth Africa / Zimbabwe / Kenya
1999AustraliaPakistanEngland / Scotland / Wales / Ireland / Netherlands
1996Sri LankaAustraliaPakistan / India / Sri Lanka
1992PakistanEnglandAustralia / New Zealand
1987AustraliaEnglandIndia / Pakistan
1983IndiaWest IndiesEngland
1979West IndiesEnglandEngland
1975West IndiesAustralia
England

Where is the 2019 Cricket World Cup?


The tournament will return to its roots this year as England co-host the 2019 Cricket World Cup alongside Wales.

When is the 2019 Cricket World Cup?


The first match will take place on 30 May with hosts England vs South Africa at The Oval in London. The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final will be held at Lord's on 14 July.

What cities and stadiums will host matches at the 2019 Cricket World Cup?


Fixtures will take place at 11 cricket grounds in England with the final being held at Lord's.

City
Ground
County Team
Capacity
Matches
BirminghamEdgbastonWarwickshire25,0005 (including semi-final)
BristolBristol County GroundGloucestershire17,5003
CardiffSophia GardensGlamorgan15,6434
Chester-le-StreetRiverside GroundDurham20,0003
LeedsHeadinglyYorkshire18,3504
LondonLord'sMiddlesex28,0005 (including final)
LondonThe OvalSurrey25,5005
ManchesterOld TraffordLancashire26,0006 (including semi-final)
NottinghamTrent BridgeNottinghamshire17,5005
SouthamptonRose BowlHampshire25,0005
TauntonCounty GroundSomerset12,5003

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualification


The hosts England and the top seven teams in the ICC One Day International rankings earned automatic qualification whilst the two remaining two spots were decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Afghanistan won the qualifying tournament, defeating the West Indies in the final with both nations qualifying for the World Cup.

2019 Cricket World Cup Teams & Squads


The 2019 Cricket World Cup squads have been announced with each team having been required to submit a 15-man lineup by 23 April. Squads can however be changed until 22 May.

2019 Cricket World Cup Fixtures


All 10 nations play each other during the round-robin group stage with the top four nations qualifying for the knockout rounds. A total of 45 group matches will be played with each team playing nine matches. 

The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage starting in semi-finals followed by the finals. We have a full list of all the fixtures at the 2019 Cricket World Cup to make sure you don't miss a match.

2019 Cricket World Cup Final


The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final will be played at Lord’s in St John’s Wood, London. This iconic venue was established in 1814 and has been hosting ODIs since 1972. The only teams with win percentages of 50% or more in ODIs at Lord’s are Australia, India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Who has won the most Cricket World Cups?


Australia are the most successful nation in history having won five World Cup titles (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 & 2015). The West Indies and India have each won twice, Sri Lanka the only other nation with a title to their name.

Who are the ICC Cricket World Cup defending champions?


Australia are the defending champions after regaining their title from India in 2015. The Aussies produced a seven-wicket victory over co-hosts New Zealand in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

What happened at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup?


Australia made the most of home advantage and won the tournament in style. Mitchell Starc was instrumental in their success, picking up 22 wickets at an average of 10.18 - the joint most scalps in the tournament alongside New Zealand's Trent Boult. Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill was the leading run scorer with 547 in nine games.

Cricket World Cup Top 10 Batsmen


Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in Cricket World Cup history with 2278 to his name. The Little Master played a crucial role in India’s 2011 World Cup victory, picking up Man of the Match and scoring 85 in the semifinal against Pakistan, and is revered in his home country.

Behind Tendulkar in the top 10 batsmen at the Cricket World Cup are Australia batsman Ricky Ponting is the next highest Cricket World Cup run scorer of all time with 1743. Kumar Sangakkara is third, Brian Lara fourth and AB de Villiers fifth. Sanath Jayasuria, Jacques Kallis, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardena and Adam Gilchrist make up the top 10.

Cricket World Cup Top 10 Bowlers


Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath tops the top 10 bowlers list at the Cricket World Cup with 71 wickets at an average of 18.19. His best tally in a single match was 7-15 against Namibia in Australia’s triumphant 2003 campaign.

Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan are the only other players to surpass 50 Cricket World Cup wickets. Chaminda Vaas and Zaheer Khan complete the top five.

Javagal Srinath, Lasith Malinga, Allan Donald, Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori round up the top 10. Malinga is the leading active wicket-taker with 43 to his name.

2019 Cricket World Cup Betting Tips


There is a wide range of markets which one can bet on for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Top team runscorer bets and overs bets for individual batsmen can be hugely profitable if you hop on the right players at the right time, while betting on upset wins can also bring home big money.

Here at FreeTips.com our cricket betting experts will be providing regular 2019 Cricket World Cup tips including tournament winner, tournament top run scorer and top wicket taker. Our match previews will include tips such as match winner, top runscorer, most runs and most 6’s.

Our mission at FreeTips.com is to provide you with expertly researched 2019 Cricket World Cup betting tips that you can use to have a successful tournament and build your bankroll. Our cricket writers will continuously offer you betting tips throughout the tournament.

2019 Cricket World Cup Betting Odds


Bookmakers have England slightly ahead of India in the betting market. Australia are next best with little separating South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan. West Indies are expected to have an outside chance with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan long odds.

Who are the favourites to win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup?


England are listed as favourites despite having never previously won a World Cup. This is not entirely surprising as they are currently the world's top ranked men's ODI team. India are close behing with Australia are next best followed by South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan.

2019 Cricket World Cup Winner Betting Odds (as of 9 May 2019)


Nation
Odds
England3.50
India4.00
Australia5.00
South Africa11.00
New Zealand11.00
Pakistan15.00
West Indies19.00
Sri Lanka51.00
Bangladesh101.00
Afghanistan101.00


2019 Cricket World Cup Live Streaming


Stream all the matches at the Cricket World Cup with bet365. Live Cricket World Cup streaming from bet365 requires a funded account or for customers to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. Geo-restrictions apply, for all the details and FAQs please see the terms and conditions at bet365.

Our guide to live streaming the Cricket World Cup at bet365 will explain exactly how it works and it is available for many sports including football, tennis and basketball. Bet365 have made it easy switch between the betting markets and live action, meaning wherever you can get an internet signal you can now bet and watch at the same time on your mobile, tablet, iPhone, iPad, android device or desktop computer. 

2019 Cricket World Cup Free Bets


A variety of betting websites will be offering free bets throughout the course of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Stay tuned to Free Tips to ensure you don’t miss out on any great value offers.

2019 Cricket World Cup Bet of the Day


Free Tips will have a bet of the day for each day of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Keep an eye out for tips which could play a significant role in helping you maximise your winnings.

2019 Cricket World Cup Results


Being aware of the latest 2019 Cricket World Cup results is vital for anybody looking to place a bet on the tournament. These can be viewed on the official ICC website.

Punters are advised to look for trends in each team’s results. For example, Australia have a good record at Lord’s and so it might be worth betting on them for matches at this venue. 

At FreeTips we strive to help you find all the relevant trends with our 2019 Cricket World Cup betting tips.

2019 Cricket World Cup Replays


2019 Cricket World Cup replays enable you to catch up on any action you might have missed from the tournament. You should always use the highlights to catch up on key moments from the last match involving any specific team before betting on the next.

If ever you miss any of the live action from the 2019 Cricket World Cup, it is worth your while to search the official ICC YouTube channel for highlights.

2019 Cricket World Cup News


The official ICC website has you covered in terms of 2019 Cricket World Cup news. It is important to keep a keen eye on the latest major updates both on and off the field of play.

2019 Cricket World Cup Social Media


These social media accounts are worth following during the course of the 2019 Cricket World Cup for all the latest updates, thrills and spills from the tournament in England and Wales.

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