Get ready for an action-packed summer as the Cricket World Cup returns to British shores after 20 years
Defending champions Australia have won four of the past five Cricket World Cups, but home team England are one of the favourites to win their maiden World Cup trophy this year. Find out why and where you can follow every ball of the tournament below…
Which countries are taking part in this year’s Cricket World Cup?
The 2019 Cricket World Cup will feature ten teams. Based on their current ODI rankings, these are:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
Host England and the top seven other teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of 30 September 2017 earned automatic qualification. The final two teams – West Indies and Afghanistan – earned their spot after qualifying for the finals of 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
This year will be the first time that Zimbabwe has failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1983. The other notable exception from this year’s tournament is Ireland, who will miss their first World Cup since 2007.
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Is there a new World Cup format this year?
Apart from the number of teams, this year’s World Cup format has also been changed. In 2011 and 2015, there were two pools of seven teams each. Teams in each pool played each other once and the top four teams in each pool then locked horns in the quarter-finals.
This year each team plays every other team once, leading to 45 one-day internationals that will comprise all but three games of the World Cup. After that’s done, the four teams with the highest points will face off in the semi-finals. Here, the first and fourth, and second and third teams will contest each other for the spot in the Finals.
The scoring system will be the same as the last tournament. Each team is awarded two points for a win and one point if there’s no result, or the game ends in a tie. The former usually occurs when the game is rained out and a result can’t be determined by the Duckworth-Lewis System.
Where is the 2019 Cricket World Cup taking place?
England and Wales will host the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The opening game will be played between hosts England and South Africa at The Oval in London on 30 May, and the Finals will be on 4 June at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
There are 11 venues across London and Wales that will host the tournament, of which Old Trafford in Manchester will host the most games (six).
- The Oval – London
- Lord’s – London
- Headingley – Leeds
- Trent Bridge – Nottingham
- Edgbaston – Birmingham
- The Riverside – Durham
- Bristol County Ground – Bristol
- County Ground – Taunton
- Hampshire Bowl – Southampton
- Old Trafford – Manchester
- Cardiff Wales Stadium – Cardiff
What is the 2019 Cricket World Cup schedule?
There are a few matches between top teams in the tournament stage that will have added interest, so make sure that you make a note of them.
30 May 2019: England vs South Africa
3 June 2019: England vs Pakistan
8 June 2019: England vs Bangladesh
9 June 2019: India vs Australia
14 June 2019: England vs West Indies
18 June 2019: England vs Afghanistan
19 June 2019: India vs Pakistan
21 June 2019: England vs Sri Lanka
25 June 2019: England vs Australia
29 June 2019: Australia vs New Zealand
30 June 2019: England vs India
3 July 2019: England vs New Zealand
9 July 2019: Semi-final 1 – 1 vs 4
11 July 2019: Semi Final 2 – 2 vs 3
14 July 2019: Final – Winners of both Semi-finals
Most of the matches (including all the ones listed above) start at 10.30am.
There only seven day-and-night games throughout the tournament that will start at 1.30pm.
Will England win the World Cup?
Even though they’ve hosted the World Cup a record four times, England has never won the World Cup. The last time they reached the final was the 1992 World Cup. The team was knocked out in the quarter-finals in 2011 and didn’t even make the quarter-finals in the last tournament four years ago.
England recently announced their 15-man World Cup squad
That said, there might never be a better time for the team to win its maiden tournament for two reasons: it currently leads the ICC ODI Team Rankings and it will have perfect knowledge of home conditions. Considering the past two tournaments were won by the home nations, England will be hoping for the same run of luck.
Unlike some of the other teams who are still finalising their squad, England has a useful problem of plenty: even fringe players are performing well in its current series against the West Indies, which makes the national selectors’ job of picking the best 15-member World Cup squad even more challenging.
What about the mighty Aussies?
1999 was the last time the World Cup was played on the British soil. This coincided with when Australia began its dominant run of three successive World Cup titles. India won the 2011 edition at home, after which Australia quickly re-claimed the title in the last edition on their home turf in 2015 by defeating their trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand.
One of the main reasons Australia don’t start as favourites this year is because of the ball tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in March 2018. Then captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner were subsequently found guilty and banned for 12 months from domestic and international cricket by their governing board, Cricket Australia.
Even though both star batsmen are selected for the World Cup, it’ll be interesting to see whether they can assimilate themselves into the team after a year away from the sport. Not surprisingly, Australia has slipped down to fifth in the current ICC ODI rankings.
Australia and India recently announced their 15-man World Cup squads
What about the other countries?
Based on their success in recent international tournaments, India, New Zealand and South Africa (second, third and fourth in the ICC ODI Rankings) start off as close favourites behind England. However, you’d be foolish to count out any countries. Previous winners Sri Lanka and Pakistan are always dark horses because of their great one-day international records, whereas Bangladesh will want to add a coveted international trophy to its bare cabinet.
West Indies still has the experience to upset any major team on the tournament on their given day, and Afghanistan brings a level of uncertainty that none of the teams can afford to take for granted. Given this year’s format, once any team makes it to the semi-finals, it’s just a matter of winning two more games to win the World Cup.
Buy tickets to the 2019 Cricket World Cup
Like many British sporting events, the 2019 Cricket World Cup followed a ballot system, which opened in May 2018. At the time of writing, seats were being allocated to those who have secured tickets in the ballot.
Remaining tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in mid-March. To get information about these tickets and purchase them, you need to register your interest on the official ICC World Cup 2019 Cricketing Site.
That’s your best bet to purchase the tickets at their original price: we’ve spotted a few tickets that are being sold for up to ten times their original price on third-party resale websites.
14 July: Mark your calendar
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Wimbledon final and Cricket World Cup final all take place on the same day (14 July) this year. Like every year, Wimbledon will be broadcast live on the BBC and BBC iPlayer Sport online.
How to watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup in the UK?
In the UK, every ball of the 2019 Cricket World Cup will be on Sky Sports Cricket, which is included with the Sky Sports package. This will set you back £23 per month, on top of your existing Sky package. It’s worth pointing out that this offer is only valid for new customers that are willing to commit to an 18-month contract. The non-contract price is slightly steeper at £30 a month.
Sky Q Box
New customers will need to pay £22 a month for a Sky Q box. Again, this binds you to an 18-month contract, on top of a £20 one-off fee for the box itself. We reckon it’s worth it, though, because this also gets you more than 300 Sky TV channels.
Sky changes these prices as and when new deals appear. The best way you can grab yourself the best offer is by keeping an eye on our Best Sky deals.
If you don’t want to upgrade to or purchase a Sky Q box, then your only other option to watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup is by purchasing a Smart Stick or Smart Box from Now TV. After doing that, you’ll need a Now TV Sports Pass.
Here, you’ll have three options. You can either purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass for £8.99, a Weekly Pass for £14.99 or a Month Pass for £33.99. Note that the Month Pass renews automatically unless you physically choose to cancel your subscription; this isn’t the case with the Day and Week Passes.
How to watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup on a mobile device?
If you have Sky TV with a Sky Sports, then you can watch all the World Cup matches by installing the Sky Go app for Android and iOS, logging in to your account and selecting Sky Sports Cricket from the list of channels.
Now TV has a cheaper offer if you want to watch the World Cup on your mobile devices. To avail of this, you won’t need to first buy a Now TV device. Instead, you’ll need to install the relevant Now TV app for your Android or iOS device. After doing that, you’ll need to buy the Now TV Sky Sports Mobile Month Pass, which costs £5.99.
How to watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup in the US
If you’re based in the US, then the only way you can watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup is on the Willow TV channel, which is the official broadcaster for the entire event. You can also watch all games online through the willow.tv website and on your devices by download the free Willow TV apps for your device and logging in to your account.
How to watch the 2019 World Cup in India
If you’re based in India, then you can watch the World Cup on Hotstar. This is a popular digital and mobile entertainment platform launched in 2015 by Star India, the largest Indian broadcasting network. It provides media and video streaming and is available on the web, Android, iOS, FireTV and Apple TV.
In India, Hotstar is free to watch, but has a Premium tier that gives you access to more international content and live international sports tournaments, including the Indian Premier League and the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Premium membership currently costs ₹999 per year or ₹199 per month.