Be the Part of Excitement in ICC Cricket World Cup – 2019 at England and Wales

Post by Anupam Pandey | May 21, 2019

England and Wales will play host to 2019 world cup after winning the rights over a decade ago. The hosting rights to 2011, 2015 and 2019 world were awarded simultaneously in 2006. Initially, England and Wales put in a joint bid for the 2015 world cup. However, after Australia was beaten out by a joint Asian bid for the 2011 tournament they were offered the hosting rights in 2015. England and Wales were guaranteed the rights to 2019 if they agreed to withdraw their 2015 bid, which they promptly did. England was also granted the rights to the first ever T20 world cup in 2007 at the same time. 

This world cup you can share the joy of your favourite sport by cheering your team from the stadium. To get to England, you must not miss out on these Emirates Coupon Code to avail the best deals on flight bookings. Here is everything that you would need to know about the teams and schedule of matches of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule

The opening match of the tournament will be held on 30/05/2019 between England and South Africa and the ending cricket world cup match will be on 14/07/2019 at Lord’s.

Qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup

Only 10 teams qualified for the 2019 world cup after a decision was taken to shrink the size of the tournament. In 2011 and in 2015 the tournament had 14 teams but ICC has decided few nations will make for better competition. England will qualify automatically because they are hosting the tournament, as will the top seven one day international nations according to the latest ICC rankings 6 months prior to the tournament.

However, that leaves only two spots for the remaining test playing nations and affiliate members of the ICC. Those places have been taken by Afghanistan and West Indies at a qualifying tournament which was held in Bangladesh in March 2018. This tournament included the remaining four teams that failed to make the top seven one day international spots plus the top four teams from the Cricket World League Championships.

Teams Qualified for the 2019 Cricket World Cup

England

The hosts are one of the prominent contenders of winning the cup this year. The recent performances of the team and the consistency of its key players have been a real motivating factor that would surely boost the morale of the English team. The home conditions will further assist the team’s performance in this all-important cup. The English team has not won a Cricket World Cup and ended up on the losing side in both the time it reached finals. With the recent trend of host winning the trophy in the last two tournaments, it is possibly the greatest opportunity for a young, talented and highly well-balanced team to become the World Champions on their home soil.

India

India is also one of the leading contenders to win the tournament this year and it is placed second in the betting odds to win the cup this year after the hosts England. The current Indian Team seems pretty sharp in comparison to any other team with a streak of superstars in the squad. The way Indian bowling has evolved in the last couple of years is enough to raise the nerves of any batting line up today. India does not only has arguably the best bowling unit in the tournament but as lethal as it can get when it comes to batting prowess too. The Indian Captain is known for his aggression on the field and has this reputation of leading the team from the front. The pace bowling of India is studded by the number one bowler at present and the sensational spin duo of Indian attack has broken the backbone of almost every batting line up of the world. The batting is apparently the most dangerous aspect of Indian team as usual and it also has the game-changing allrounders for the flexibility in playing eleven. Everything seems to be set up to perfection for the Indian team. The Indian team is surely the toughest challenge for all other teams of the tournament.

Players to Watch Out

Virat Kohli

Rohit Sharma 

Jaspreet Bumrah

MS Dhoni

Hardik Pandya

Australia

The team that has won the ICC ODI World Cup trophy the most number of times, Australia was struggling for the last one year after the one year ban imposed on its key players, Steven Smith and David Warner in the year 2018 for ball tampering. The team could not perform to its own standards in the absence of the two key players. Though there is a hope revived after the successful return of the two-star players and the team should have got a major psychological boost from it. Australia was the winner of the ICC World Cup 2015 as the host and would be willing to give its heart out to retain the trophy this year. With a fairly talented young squad and a major upswing of the return of its two-star players, Australia is a team you just can’t undermine.

Players to Watch Out

David Warner

Steve Smith

Marcus Stoinis 

Nathan Coulter-Nile

New Zealand

New Zealand saw its best World Cup campaign in 2015 as it reached the finals only to be denied by the mighty Australians. The odds can always be by the New Zealand team and the previous performances of the Kiwis surely reciprocate a very healthy and consistent performance in the last 4 world cups in which it reached to the Semi-Finals thrice in a row and got into the finals after a thrilling suspenseful win against the South African team. New Zealand has never been the favourites, but they are always an underdog which surprises the world with its game-changing team performances and extraordinary ability to overcome the challenges one by one with each game. The team has enough firepower and a very cool calculated skipper to give it an edge and outperform beyond the expectations of fans and critics.

Players to Watch Out

Kane Williamson

Colin Munroe

Martin Guptill 

Trent Boult

Pakistan

The most volatile team of the tournament is certainly Pakistan. It is apparently the most unpredictable unit as a team which has this knack of pulling off seemingly impossible wins on some occasions while dreadfully pathetic performances on some days. The Pakistan team won the World Cup in 1992 and it has been a long time since then. The craze of cricket in Pakistan and the insane kind of on-field spectacles of its team are sure to chill the nerves of many opponents on its day. The batting line up of the team has improved in the last couple of years but unfortunately, its bowling unit has shown a disastrous slump at the same time. It is probably the most dismal bowling unit that Pakistan has ever sent into the World Cup. But as I said, you can’t write them off and better be prepared for something special, either positive or negative, each time the Pakistani teams walks into the field.

Players to Watch Out

Babar Azam 

Imam-Ul-Haq

Fakhar Zaman 

Mohammed Amir

  • South Africa

The South African team has been one of the best in the field over the years except when they are playing in an ICC tournament. This is a real shame that a team which has always possessed the calibre of being a Champion has never reached the Finals of any multi-nation tournament whether it is the ODI World Cup or the Champions Trophy. This has brought them the name of Chokers infamously for losing games from a comfortable situation (mostly during the knockout stages or the semi-finals and get evicted from the tournament. This would be another scintillating and nervous competition for South Africa to come up victorious as it has everything required but only if it can get past the psychological block of 'Chokers' would determine whether if it will be able to win or not.

Players to Watch Out

Quinton De Kock

Hashim Amla

Kagiso Rabada

Imran Tahir

  • West Indies

West Indies team is set to overcome a dreadful patch of time in its cricket history that saw one of the most powerful teams of the past turn into just non-influential participant. The ensuing struggle between the Carribean cricket board and the players on certain monetary issues made it worst as many of the star players left the Carribean team in protest against the board's autocratic behaviour as they had claimed back then. Fast forward to today and many of those players are back into the team after negotiations and sorting out the differences. The return of tier 1 players such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Braco, Andre Russel is surely going to help west indies in this tournament.

Player to Watch Out

Christopher Henry Gayle

Andre Russel

Shai Hope

Shimron Hetmyer

  • Bangladesh

 

Players to Watch Out

Shakib Al Hasan

Tamim Iqbal

Mustafizur Rahman

Rubel Hossain

  • Afghanistan

 

Players to Watch Out

Rashid Khan

Mohammad Shahzad

Mohammed Nabi

 

  • Sri Lanka

 

Players to Watch Out

Kushal Perera

Angelo Mathews

Lasith Malinga

Participants in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

  • West Indies (Qualified)
  • Zimbabwe
  • Afghanistan (Qualified)
  • Ireland
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Netherlands
  • Hong Kong
  • Scotland

Favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup

After winning the last World cup, It’d be interesting to see if Steve Smith and David Warner will be able to deliver the similar influence on Australia's team performance after their comeback from the one-year ban for ball tampering against South Africa last year. The Hosts are looking formidable to win the tournament after their smashing performances and versatile team with a number of game changers in the team.  India, on the other hand, is one of the favourites amongst the betting circles due to its impressive dominance over the past couple of years. The talented Indian team possess all the ammunition to gun down their opponents in every department of play and possibly the only team without a flaw in its ranks. South Africa has a tragic story for every ICC tournament they have ever played. There is a reason why they are called the Chokers of World Cup. Yet again, South Africa would enter the tournament to get over the curse of Chokers and put its name in the World Cup 2019 Trophy.

History of the Cricket World Cup

"The first world cup was held in 1975 just four years after one day cricket took the world by storm. It was the ICC’s official response to the ‘World series of cricket’ Phenomenon which was proving incredibly popular with fans. In the last 40 years, the tournament has been held all over the cricketing world and has been won by teams from every corner of the globe. The tournament in 2019 will be the twelfth time the competition has been played and the fifth time it has been played in the UK. England and Wales have previously hosted in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999."

"The reduced size of the tournament"

Understandably, the affiliate nations of the ICC have protested the decision to shrink the size of the tournament because it will mean that it will be much harder for smaller cricket playing nations to qualify. They argue that World Cup berths give them experience and exposure that they don’t get at any other time and that denying them the chance to compete could set the game back years in their respective countries. According to the affiliate nations, if the ICC wants to grow the game then they should be making the tournament bigger, not smaller.  They further argue that upset wins by nations such as Ireland over England in the 2011 world cup show that they can be competitive and that anything is possible when they are given the chance.

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