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2019: Cricket World Cup

Updated on February 15, 2019
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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 trophy.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 trophy.

About CWC

The Cricket World Cup is an international cricketing event held every four years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is considered to be one of the most viewed sporting events in the world. ICC first produced the event in 1975 and has since produced 11 editions, with the most recent been jointly held at two different venues i.e. Australia & New Zealand on February 14, 2015. The CWC is considered to be ICC’s flagship event. The success and popularity of the domestic one-day competitions in England and other parts of the world, as well as the early One-Day Internationals, prompted the ICC to consider organizing a Cricket World Cup. The first Cricket World Cup (also known as the Prudential Cup '75) was held in England. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was televised in 200 countries with over 2.2 billion viewers, highest for any edition of a Cricket World Cup, with 1,229,826 (25,098 per match) fans in attendance. The widespread success of the Cricket World Cup has helped transform International cricket. The event has facilitated the rise to stardom of several top cricketers. Many celebrities and distinguished personalities from all over the world have attended or made special appearances within the events.

History

ICC Cricket World Cup Logos (1975-2019).
ICC Cricket World Cup Logos (1975-2019).

The first three World Cups were held in England and the first ever world cup tournament match was played between the host nation England and India at Lord’s Cricket Ground which England won by 202 runs. From the 1987 tournament onward, hosting has been shared between countries under an unofficial rotation system, with fourteen ICC members having hosted at least one match in the tournament.

The World Cup is open to all members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), although the highest-ranking teams receive automatic qualification. The remaining teams are determined via the World Cricket League and the ICC World Cup Qualifier.

Quick Stats

A total of 20 teams have competed in 11 editions of the tournament so far, with 14 competing in the latest edition in 2015. The 2019 edition will have only top 10 teams. Australia has won the tournament a record 5 times, while the West Indies & India winning it twice each, and Pakistan & Sri Lanka winning it once each.

Did you know?

The best performance by a non-full-member team came when Kenya made it to the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament.

Attendance

#
Event
Host
Attendance
1
CWC 1975
England
158,000 (10,533 per match)
2
CWC 1979
England
32,000 (Final Match)
3
CWC 1983
England
231,081 (8,559 per match)
4
CWC 1987
India & Pakistan
95,000 (Final Match)
5
CWC 1992
Australia & New Zealand
87,182 (Final Match)
6
CWC 1996
Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka
62,645 (Final Match)
7
CWC 1999
England & Wales
30,000 (Final Match)
8
CWC 2003
South Africa
626,845 (11,608 per match)
9
CWC 2007
West Indies
1,172,000 (22,980 per match)
10
CWC 2011
India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh
1,229,826 (25,098 per match)
11
CWC 2015
Australia & New Zealand
1,016,420 (20,743 per match)
12
CWC 2019
England & Wales
To be held
World Cup attendances over the years (1975-2015).

In 2007, the final between the winning team Australia and runners-up Sri Lanka at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown stadium in West Indies was decided by the Duckworth–Lewis method, making it the first and only final to be decided in this fashion.

— ICC Cricket World Cup 2007

Cricket World Cup Records

#
Record
Held by
Stats
1
Highest Score by a Batsman
Martin Guptill (NZ) v West Indies
237* (In 2015)
2
Most Runs in a tournament
Sachin Tendulkar (India)
673 (In 2003)
3
Highest Run Scorer
Sachin Tendulkar (India)
2,278
4
Fastest 50
Brendon McCullum (NZ) v England
18 balls
5
Fastest 100
Kevin O’Brien (IRE) v England
50 balls
6
Fastest 150
AB de Villiers (SA) v West Indies
64 balls
7
Fastest 200
Chris Gayle (WI) v Zimbabwe
138 balls
8
Most Fifties
Sachin Tendulkar (India)
21
9
Most Centuries
Sachin Tendulkar (India)
6
10
Highest Partnership
Chris Gayle & Marlon Samuels (WI) v Zimbabwe
372 (In 2015)
11
Highest score by a Team
Australia v Afghanistan
417/6 (In 2015)
12
Lowest score by a Team
Canada v Sri Lanka
36 (In 2003)
13
City that hosted most finals
London
4
14
Most tournaments hosted
England
4
15
Most dismissals
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
54
16
Most catches
Ricky Ponting (Australia)
28
17
Most Wickets
Glenn McGrath (Australia)
71
18
Most Appearances in CWC
Javed Miandad (Pak) & Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
6
19
Number of teams participated
Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, East Africa, England, India, Ireland, Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, West Indies, Zimbabwe.
20
20
Teams that won the tournament
Australia (5), India (2), West Indies (2), Pakistan (1) & Sri Lanka (1).
5
21
Most tournaments won
Australia
5
22
Team finishing with most runners-up
England
3
23
Team playing most finals
Australia
7
24
Most matches won
Australia
62
25
Most matches lost
Zimbabwe
42

Past Champions

Following is the list of champions who won the tournament in chronological order:

#
Year
Final's Venue
Winner
1
1975
London
West Indies
2
1979
London
West Indies
3
1983
London
India
4
1987
Kolkata
Australia
5
1992
Melbourne
Pakistan
6
1996
Lahore
Sri Lanka
7
1999
London
Australia
8
2003
Johannesburg
Australia
9
2007
Bridgetown
Australia
10
2011
Mumbai
India
11
2015
Melbourne
Australia
Only 5 teams have become champion in 11 Tournaments from 1975 to 2015.

World Champions' Gallery

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1975 Champions: West Indies.1979 Champions: West Indies.1983 Champions: India.1987 Champions: Australia.1992 Champions: Pakistan.1996 Champions: Sri Lanka.1999 Champions: Australia.2003 Champions: Australia.2007 Champions: Australia.2011 Champions: India.2015 Champions: Australia.CWC 2019 champions to be determined on 14 July 2019 at Lord's in London, England.
1975 Champions: West Indies.
1975 Champions: West Indies.
1979 Champions: West Indies.
1979 Champions: West Indies.
1983 Champions: India.
1983 Champions: India.
1987 Champions: Australia.
1987 Champions: Australia.
1992 Champions: Pakistan.
1992 Champions: Pakistan.
1996 Champions: Sri Lanka.
1996 Champions: Sri Lanka.
1999 Champions: Australia.
1999 Champions: Australia.
2003 Champions: Australia.
2003 Champions: Australia.
2007 Champions: Australia.
2007 Champions: Australia.
2011 Champions: India.
2011 Champions: India.
2015 Champions: Australia.
2015 Champions: Australia.
CWC 2019 champions to be determined on 14 July 2019 at Lord's in London, England.
CWC 2019 champions to be determined on 14 July 2019 at Lord's in London, England.

2K19 Schedules & Fixtures

The tournament would comprise of 10 teams first facing each other in the group stage round-robin format. 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. The knockout stage will see two semi-finals, with the winners of each progressing to the final at Lord's.

The ICC released the fixture details on 26 April 2018.
The ICC released the fixture details on 26 April 2018.

Team Australia will enter the tournament as the defending champions while 5 teams will seek to win it for the first time with 4 others trying to win it again. Two of the most anticipated matches of the tournament include India v Pakistan to be held on June 16, 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester and England v Australia on June 25, 2019 Lord's, London. The stakes are high as the cricketing fans are looking forward to their favorite teams to lift the championship trophy this year.

Hope you found this article an interesting read. Don't forget to leave a comment below and show your support by voting for your favorite team in the following poll. Thanks for reading!

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