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2019 Cricket World Cup

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ICC Cricket World Cup
England & Wales - 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Logo.jpg
Official Logo for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Dates 30 May – 14 July
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) England England
Wales Wales
Participants 10
Matches played 48

The 2019 Cricket World Cup (officially ICC Cricket World Cup 2019) is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales,[1][2] from 30 May to 14 July 2019.[3]

The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord's. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.

The format for the tournament will be a single group of ten teams, with each team playing the other nine teams, and the top four teams progressing to a knockout stage of semi-finals and a final. The 10-team-tournament has gained criticism due to the lack of associate teams in the tournament. Given the increase of the test playing nations from 10 to 12 with the admission of Ireland and Afghanistan in June 2017, it will be the first World Cup to be contested without all of the test playing nations being present, because the ICC plan to keep the competition at just 10 teams.[4]


The 2019 World Cup will feature 10 teams, a decrease from previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 teams.[5][6] The hosts, England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of 30 September 2017 will earn automatic qualification, with the remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[7]

At the time of the announcement of the qualification structure, ICC Associate and Affiliate members, who were guaranteed four spots in the previous two World Cup tournaments, could be represented by at most two teams, and possibly none at all if they were beaten by the lowest ranked Full Members in the Qualifier.[7] It also meant that at least two of the 10 Test playing nations at the time of the announcement would have to play in the qualifying tournament, and could possibly miss the World Cup finals entirely.

Following recent success, Ireland and Afghanistan were promoted into the ICC ODI Championship and have also since been promoted to full members of the ICC, becoming the newest Test cricketing nations. However, they will still need to qualify for the World Cup via the current process.

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host nation 1  England
ICC ODI Championship 30 September 2017 7  Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 Sri Lanka
2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 25 March 2018  Zimbabwe 2 to be determined
to be determined
Total 10


Venue City County team Capacity
Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham Warwickshire 25,000
County Cricket Ground Bristol Gloucestershire 17,500
Sophia Gardens Cardiff Glamorgan 15,643
Riverside Ground Chester-le-Street Durham 20,000
Headingley Leeds Yorkshire 17,500
Lord's London Middlesex 28,000
The Oval London Surrey 25,500
Old Trafford Manchester Lancashire 26,000
Trent Bridge Nottingham Nottinghamshire 17,500
Rose Bowl Southampton Hampshire 25,000
County Ground Taunton Somerset 12,500
London Stadium London None 66,000

The fixture list for this event will be released at the end of March 2018 once the qualifiers have been completed. However, on 17 December 2014, the ECB indicated that the final would be held at Lord's, and the semi-finals at Old Trafford and Edgbaston Cricket Ground. In addition, the opening match of the tournament will be held at The Oval.[8]

London Stadium could also be added to the list of venues pending the result of a feasibility test.[9][10] In January 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) completed an inspection of the ground, confirming that the pitch dimensions would be compliant with the requirements to host ODI matches.[11]

Group stage

The format for the group stage is to have all ten teams play each other in a single group. 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 then progress to the knockout stage. A similar format was previously used in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Team Pld W L NR NRR Pts
 England 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
 South Africa 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
 India 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
 Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
 Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
 Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
Qualifier 1 0 0 0 0 0.000 00
Qualifier 2 0 0 0 0 0.000 00

Knockout stage

The knockout stage will see two semi-finals, with the winners of each progressing to the final at Lord's.


  1. ^ "England lands Cricket World Cup". BBC Sport. 2006-04-30. Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  2. ^ "England awarded 2019 World Cup". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  3. ^ "OUTCOMES FROM ICC BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS". ICC. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "ICC's Richardson wants more teams in World T20". 
  5. ^ "ICC limit 2019 Cricket World Cup to 10 teams". 16 April 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cricket World Cup 2019 to stay at only 10 teams". BBC Sport. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Afghanistan and Ireland receive opportunity to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with Full Members". 
  8. ^ "Lord's set to stage 2019 World Cup final". 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "London Stadium could stage 2019 Cricket World Cup matches". 6 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Wigmore, Exclusive by Tim (5 December 2016). "ECB considering using Olympic Stadium to host 2019 Cricket World Cup games". Retrieved 23 January 2017 – via The Guardian. 
  11. ^ "London Olympic Stadium gets ICC approval". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 

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