The 12th edition of the world’s biggest cricketing event, the ICC Men’s cricket World Cup 2019, will be played in England and Wales starting May 30. The first match of ICC cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between hosts England and South Africa on May 30. The ICC World Cup 2019 final is expected to be a grand event, especially as it will be played at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 14. The hosting rights to England and Wales were awarded in April 2006 after they withdrew from candidature to host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which was subsequently hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket (50-over cricket) organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) every four years. The preliminary qualification rounds lead up to the finals of this tournament. One of the world's most viewed sporting events, ICC Cricket World Cup is considered the "flagship event of the international cricket calendar".
The first three ICC Cricket World Cups — 1975, 1979 and 1983 — were hosted by England. In 1975, West Indies defeated Australia by 17 runs in the final tie at Lord’s cricket ground in London to win the coveted tournament.
In the second edition of ICC cricket World Cup, played in England, West Indies again claimed the glory, defeating hosts England in the final by 92 runs at the Mecca of cricket, Lords.
The ICC World Cup 1983 was a historic one for India, as the team, considered underdogs, went on to defeat giants of the game West Indies — which at the time had stalwarts like Clive Llyod, Vivan Richards and Malcom Marshal playing — by 43 runs on June 25.
The 1987 ICC cricket World Cup, hosted by India and Pakistan, saw Australia coming out victorious by defeating England by 7 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 9.
The trophy of ICC cricket World Cup 1992, hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand, was lifted by Pakistan, which beat England by 22 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25.
Four years later, the coveted tournament was again jointly hosted by India and Pakistan in 1996. This time, minnows Sri Lanka emerged as giant slayers as they defeated Australia by 7 wickets on March 17 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to not just win the tournament but also change the face of ODI cricket for good.
In 1999, England hosted the ICC cricket World Cup after 16 years. But their dream to lift the cup remained unfulfilled. The tournament was won by Australia, which beat Pakistan in the final by eight wickets at Lord’s in London on June 20.
South Africa hosted the ICC cricket World Cup 2003, which was again won by Australia, which defeated India by 125 runs in the final at The Wanderers in Johannesburg on March 23.
The Carribean Islands hosted the 2007 ICC cricket World Cup, and the mighty Australian retained their glory, winning the world cup for a third straight time. This time, they defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs with some help from the Duckworth, Lewis method at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, on April 28.
ICC World Cup 2011, the 10th edition of the tournament, was jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This was another special edition for India. Not only did they win the trophy but they also became the first team to win an ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil. India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2.
Four years later, Australia and New Zealand again jointly hosted the ICC cricket World Cup in 2015. This was after 23 years that the two teams were jointly hosting the tournament. Interestingly, the final match was played by co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, with the former beating the latter by 7 wickets at Melbourne Cricket Ground to win the Cup and become the second team in world cup history to win on home soil. It will be interesting to see whether England can repeat the feat displayed by the hosts of the previous two editions and win the 2019 edition of the World Cup while hosting the series on their soil.
Notably, Australia have won the World Cup the most number of times (5), while India and West Indies have won twice each. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won the ICC cricket World Cup once each.
The 2019 World Cup will feature 10 teams, compared with 14 teams each in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. This edition of the series has also been criticised for lack of associate teams in the. All 10 teams are placed in the same group and every team will play 9 matches each. The top four teams will make it to the semifinals, and the final will be played by the winners of the semifinal matches on July 14. The 10 non-ODI warm-up matches will be played between May 24 to 28.