2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

What is the ICC Cricket World Cup?

The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup is the international Championship of One Day International cricket. 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 be the 12th edition of the tournament and feature 10 teams, a decrease from the 2011 and 2015 World Cups featured 14 teams. The decision to reduce the participants brought a huge uproar among some of the associate cricketing nationss, 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. 

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 epi-centre of cricket in the modern era.

The 1987 World Cup marked the first time the tournament was played in India and Pakistan and 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. 

Where is the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup being played?

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

What are the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup venues?

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

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

When does the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup start?

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

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualification

The hosts England and the top seven teams in the ICC One Day International rankings earned automatic qualification, the two remaining two spots 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.

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.

What are the latest odds for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup?

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.

2019 Cricket World Cup Winner Betting Odds (as of 6 February 2019)

South Africa9.00
New Zealand11.00
West Indies29.00
Sri Lanka51.00

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 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.

What is the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup format?

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 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. 

Who has won the most ICC Cricket World Cup titles?

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.

ICC Cricket World Cup Winners and Runners-up

2015Australia / New ZealandAustraliaNew Zealand
2011India / Sri Lanka / BangladeshIndiaSri Lanka
2007West IndiesAustraliaSri Lanka
2003South Africa / Zimbabwe / KenyaAustraliaIndia
1999England / Scotland / Wales / Ireland / NetherlandsAustraliaPakistan
1996Pakistan / India / Sri LankaSri LankaAustralia
1992Australia / New ZealandPakistanEngland
1987India / PakistanAustraliaEngland
1983EnglandIndiaWest Indies
1979EnglandWest IndiesEngland
1975EnglandWest IndiesAustralia

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