A WORLD CUP TO REMEMBER FOR
The 12th edition of the ICC World Cup, 2019 would be kickstarting in May this year, and it will be a spectacle to watch out for. This edition would be performed in the England and Wales from 30th May 2019 – 14th July 2019. The seeds for this were sown back in 2006 when England and Wales withdrew their hosting rights for the 2015 edition that was then hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The total of 10 teams would be performing in this battle of the ages and it is touted to be a tournament to look out for. With many of the teams, including the hosts performing well in the preliminary stages, that includes some of the dark horses, it is anyone’s guess as to who would win this prestigious prize.
The significance of the World Cup cannot be expressed in words. There are only a couple of teams that were able to beat the odds and win this Cup. What better way to start this tournament in England and Wales, in the Oval, and what better way than to sum it up in the finals at the Lord’s, the Mecca of Cricket.
WORLD CUP QUALIFIER STAGES
This edition of the world Cup will be having a total of 10 teams which is a remarkable decrease in number as compared to the 14 in the editions of 2011 and 2015. As per the official rankings released by the International Cricket Council in September, 2017, England and the top 7 ranked teams would be automatically qualifying for this tournament. The remainder of the two stages were decided in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier that took place in Zimbabwe.
The two teams that qualified for this World Cup are West Indies and Afghanistan. Since 1983, Zimbabwe missed out on the spot by losing in the playoffs stage. Even Ireland would not be performing owing to their losses in the playoffs. Afghanistan proved to be the dark horses in the World Cup Qualifier Stages as they beat West Indies by 7 wickets in the finals. Power-packed players like their skipper Mohammad Shahzad and the effervescent Rashid Khan proved to more than a match for the Caribbean.
Due to their recent exploits, Afghanistan and Ireland have been promoted by the ICC as full-time members meaning they would be able to tour and host ODI tournaments on their own. This would be the first time when no Associate Team Members would be taking part in a tournament this big, but its high time that the new teams have their day.
WORLD CUP VENUES AND FIXTURES
The ICC convened on Kolkata on 2018 to discuss a possible list of locations for the World Cup locations for England and Wales. Some of the official locations with the total stadium capacities are listed out below-
CITY GROUND CAPACITY MATCHES
|Bristol||Bristol County Ground||17,500||3|
The World Cup 2019 fixtures are as given below-
GAME NO DATE MATCH VENUE
|1||30th May, 2019||England vs. South Africa, The Oval||London|
|2||31st May, 2019||West Indies vs. Pakistan, Trent Bridge||Nottingham|
|3||01st June, 2019||New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka, Sophia Gardens||Cardiff|
|4||01st June, 2019||Australia vs. Afghanistan, County Ground||Bristol|
|5||02nd June, 2019||Bangladesh vs. South Africa, The Oval||London|
|6||03rd June, 2019||England vs. Pakistan, Trent Bridge||Nottingham|
|7||04th June, 2019||Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan, Sophia Gardens||Cardiff|
|8||05th June, 2019||India vs. South Africa, Rose Bowl||Southampton|
|9||05th June, 2019||Bangladesh vs. New Zealand, The Oval||London|
|10||06th June, 2019||West Indies vs. Australia, Trent Bridge||Nottingham|
|11||07th June, 2019||Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan, County Ground||Bristol|
|12||08th June, 2019||England vs. Bangladesh, Sophia Gardens||Cardiff|
|13||08th June, 2019||New Zealand vs. Afghanistan, County Ground||Taunton|
|14||09th June, 2019||India vs. Australia, The Oval||London|
|15||10th June, 2019||West Indies vs. South Africa, Rose Bowl||Southampton|
|16||11th June, 2019||Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka, County Ground||Bristol|
|17||12th June, 2019||Australia vs. Pakistan, County Ground||Taunton|
|18||13th June, 2019||India vs. New Zealand, Trent Bridge||Nottingham|
|19||14th June, 2019||England vs. West Indies, Rose Bowl||Southampton|
|20||15th June, 2019||Australia vs. Sri Lanka, The Oval||London|
|21||15th June, 2019||South Africa vs. Afghanistan, Sophia Gardens||Cardiff|
|22||16th June, 2019||India vs. Pakistan, Old Trafford||Manchester|
|23||17th June, 2019||Bangladesh vs. West Indies, County Ground||Taunton|
|24||18th June, 2019||England vs. Afghanistan, Old Trafford||Manchester|
|25||19th June, 2019||South Africa vs. New Zealand, Edgbaston||Birmingham|
|26||20th June, 2019||Australia vs. Bangladesh, Trent Bridge||Nottingham|
|27||21st June, 2019||England vs. Sri Lanka, Headingley||Leeds|
|28||22nd June, 2019||India vs. Afghanistan, Rose Bowl||Southampton|
|29||22nd June, 2019||New Zealand vs. West Indies, Old Trafford||Manchester|
|30||23rd June, 2019||Pakistan vs. South Africa, Lord’s||London|
|31||24th June, 2019||Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh, Rose Bowl||Southampton|
|32||25th June, 2019||England vs. Australia, Lord’s||London|
|33||26th June, 2019||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, Edgbaston||Birmingham|
|34||27th June, 2019||India vs. West Indies, Old Trafford||Manchester|
|35||28th June, 2019||South Africa vs. Sri Lanka, Riverside Ground||Chester-le-Street|
|36||29th June, 2019||Afghanistan vs. Pakistan, Headingley||Leeds|
|37||29th June, 2019||Australia vs. New Zealand, Lord’s||London|
|38||30th June, 2019||England vs. India, Edgbaston||Birmingham|
|39||01st July, 2019||Sri Lanka vs. West Indies, Riverside Ground||Chester-le-Street|
|40||02nd July, 2019||India vs. Bangladesh, Edgbaston||Birmingham|
|41||03rd July, 2019||England vs. New Zealand, Riverside Ground||Chester-le-Street|
|42||04th July, 2019||Afghanistan vs. West Indies, Headingley||Leeds|
|43||05th July, 2019||Bangladesh vs. Pakistan, Lord’s||London|
|44||06th July, 2019||India vs. Sri Lanka, Headingley||Leeds|
|45||06th July, 2019||South Africa vs. Australia, Old Trafford||Manchester|
July,2019 Qualifier 1 vs. Qualifier 4 Old Trafford, Manchester
July,2019 Qualifier 2 vs. Qualifier 3 Edgbaston, Birmingham
14th July, 2019 Semifinalist 1 vs. Semifinalist 2 Lord’s, London
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Nike Cricket has been the constant sporting brand that has endorsed Cricket throughout its length and breadth. They will be continuing this association in this World Cup as well.