It’s finally that time of the year when you eagerly watch your favourite cricket teams battling it out for the coveted World Cup prize. Yes, you’re right! We are talking about the much awaited and talked about 2019 World Cup. Read Skyscanner’s guide to know more about the tournament.
History of World Cup
The first ever world cup was in 1975 four years after the one-day cricket matches garnered plenty of eyeballs. The world cup was ICC’s official response to the world cricket series that many fans looked forward to. In the last four decades, the world series held across the world with as many teams winning them. The twelfth tournament outing will be the fifth to be played in the UK after 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 earlier. If you’ve always wanted to watch your personal favourites live at the World Cup 2019, then now is the time to start planning your trip to the UK.
Hosts for World Cup 2019
England and Wales won a joint bid to host the popular international cricketing tournament nearly a decade ago in 2007. Held every four years, the World Cup tournament was initially invitation only. However, once all twelve members accepted the invitation to play, the ICC granted it official status.
World Cup Dates
Starting 30th May 2019, the final match will be at Lord’s in London on 14th July 2019
Qualification for the World Cup 2019
The ICC decided to reduce the size of the tournament this year. Only 10 teams will qualify for the World Cup 2019. Earlier there were 14 teams taking part, however, ICC believes fewer teams will make for a better cricket battle. The England team qualifies automatically since they are the hosts along with the top 7 one-day international nations Australia, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan based on the latest ICC rankings considered six months before the tournament. Afghanistan and West Indies took the remaining two spots after the qualifying round held in March.
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World Cup Format
The World Cup tournament format this year is much simpler than before considering there are only 10 teams competing this year. With one group of 10 teams, each team will play each other once i.e. there will be 45 group games in all. There will be no quarterfinals and the top 4 teams will directly enter the semifinals. Winners of the semifinals will play for the final world champion trophy.
Ready to watch the defending champions Australia take on other teams and battle it out on the cricket grounds. Well, hold on to your seats, what with Australia being the top contender for the champions spot; followed closely by India and South Africa.
Here’s a look at the Cricket world cup 2019 match schedule that will help you plan your holiday around it. Don’t forget to book your flights in advance to get the best deals whether you are travelling from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, or any other city for that matter.
|Date/ Day||Match||IST (time)||Venue|
|England vs South Africa||3:00 PM||Kennington Oval, London|
|West Indies vs Pakistan||3:00 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|New Zealand vs Sri Lanka||3:00 PM||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|Afghanistan vs Australia||6:00 PM||County Ground, Bristol|
|South Africa vs Bangladesh||3:00 PM||Kennington Oval, London|
|England vs Pakistan||3:00 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka||3:00 PM||Sophia Gardens , Cardiff|
|South Africa vs India||3:00 PM||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|Bangladesh vs New Zealand||6:00 PM||Kennington Oval, London|
|Australia vs West Indies||3:00 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|Pakistan vs Sri Lanka||3:00 PM||County Ground, Bristol|
|England vs Bangladesh||3:00 PM||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|8-June, Sat||Afghanistan vs New Zealand||6:00 PM||The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton|
|9-June, Sun||India vs Australia||3:00 PM||Kennington Oval, London|
|10-June, Mon||South Africa vs West Indies||3:00 PM||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|11-June, Tue||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||3:00 PM||County Ground, Bristol|
|12-June, Wed||Australia vs Pakistan||3:00 PM||The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton|
|13-June, Thu||India vs New Zealand||3:00 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|14-June, Fri||England vs West Indies||3:00 PM||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|15-June, Sat||Sri Lanka vs Australia||3:00 PM||Kennington Oval, London|
|15-June, Sat||South Africa vs Afghanistan||6:00 PM||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|16-June, Sun||India vs Pakistan||3:00 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|17-June, Mon||West Indies vs Bangladesh||3:00 PM||The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton|
|18-June, Tue||England vs Afghanistan||3:00 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|19-June, Wed||New Zealand vs South Africa||3:00 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|20-June, Thu||Australia vs Bangladesh||3:00 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|21-June, Fri||England vs Sri Lanka||3:00 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|22-June, Sat||India vs Afghanistan||3:00 PM||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|22-June, Sat||West Indies vs New Zealand||6:00 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|23-June, Sun||Pakistan vs South Africa||3:00 PM||Lord’s, London|
|24-June, Mon||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||3:00 PM||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|25-June, Tue||England vs Australia||3:00 PM||Lord’s, London|
|26-June, Wed||New Zealand vs Pakistan||3:00 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|27-June, Thu||West Indies vs India||3:00 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|28-June, Fri||Sri Lanka vs South Africa||3:00 PM||Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street|
|29-June, Sat||Pakistan vs Afghanistan||3:00 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|29-June, Sat||New Zealand vs Australia||6:00 PM||Lords, London|
|30-June, Sun||England vs India||3:00 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|1-July, Mon||Sri Lanka vs West |
|3:00 PM||Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street|
|2-July, Tue||Bangladesh vs India||3:00 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|3-July, Wed||England vs New Zealand||3:00 PM||Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street|
|4-July, Thu||Afghanistan vs West Indies||3:00 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|5-July, Fri||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||3:00 PM||Lords, London|
|6-July, Sat||Sri Lanka vs India||3:00 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|6-July, Sat||Australia vs South Africa||6:00 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|9-July, Tue||TBC vs TBC 1st Semifinal||3:00 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|11-July, Thu||TBC vs TBC 2nd Semifinal||3:00 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|14-July, Sun||14-July, Sun||3:00 PM||Lord’s, London|
Here’s a list of past winners of the World Cup. Can you predict the next one?
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