After a wait for four years, World Cup cricket would be back in action! The ICC World Cup 2019 will kickstart with its 12th edition. The World Cup Cricket will start off its matches from May 30 and end on July 14. Ten countries will be battling against each other in 50-over matches this summer season. The host this time for the six-week tournament will be England and Wales. The first opening match would be England vs South Africa on May 30 at the Oval and the final match will be played on July 14 at the Lord’s. The year 2019 would be the fifth time England is hosting the World Cup, after their 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999.
The 2019 ICC World Cup cricket is following a round-robin format where all the ten teams play with each other once, in a single group; hence every team is going to play a total of nine matches against each other with 45-matches being played overall. The four top teams will move to the knockout stage in the first week of July. It was in 1992 Cricket World Cup where a similar format was used, although that tournament included nine teams instead of ten. The previous two editions were featuring 14 teams, but in 2019, only 10 teams are participating.
Opening Ceremony of ICC World Cup Cricket
The opening ceremony of ICC World Cup cricket is set to be a grand ceremony that will be held on The Mall, the well-known road in the City of Westminster, central London, which is located between Buckingham Palace at its western end and Trafalgar Square through Admiralty Arch to the east.
ICC World Cup 2019: Complete Schedule with Dates and Timings in IST
|30 May/Thurs||England (2) vs South Africa||3 PM||The Oval, London|
|31 May/Fri||West Indies (2) vs Pakistan||3 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|June 1/Sat||New Zealand vs Sri Lanka (2)||3 PM||Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff|
|June 1/Sat||Afghanistan vs Australia (2)||6 PM||County Ground Bristol, Bristol|
|June 2/Sun||South Africa vs Bangladesh (2)||3 PM||The Oval, London|
|June 3/Mon||England vs Pakistan (2)||3 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|June 4/Tus||Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka (2)||3 PM||Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff|
|June 5/Wed||South Africa vs India (2)||3 PM||Hampshire Bowl, Southampton|
|June 5/Wed||Bangladesh vs New Zealand (2)||6 PM||The Oval, London|
|June 6/Thurs||Australia (2) vs West Indies||3 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|June 7/Fri||Pakistan (1) vs Sri Lanka (1) ~ Match abandoned due to rain||3 PM||County Ground Bristol, Bristol|
|June 8/Sat||England vs Bangladesh||3 PM||Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff|
|June 8/Sat||Afghanistan vs New Zealand||6 PM||County Ground, Taunton|
|June 9/Sun||India vs Australia||3 PM||The Oval, London|
|June 10/Mon||South Africa vs West Indies||3 PM||Hampshire Bowl, Southampton|
|June 11/Tus||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||3 PM||County Ground Bristol, Bristol|
|June 12 /Wed||Australia vs Pakistan||3 PM||County Ground, Taunton|
|June 13/Thurs||India vs New Zealand||3 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|June 14/Fri||England vs West Indies||3 PM||Hampshire Bowl, Southampton|
|June 15/Sat||Sri Lanka vs Australia||3 PM||The Oval, London|
|June 15/Sat||South Africa vs Afghanistan||6 PM||Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff|
|June 16/Sun||India vs Pakistan||3 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|June 17/Sun||West Indies vs Bangladesh||3 PM||County Ground, Taunton|
|June 18/Mon||England vs Afghanistan||3 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|June 19/Tus||New Zealand vs South Africa||3 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|June 20/Wed||Australia vs Bangladesh||3 PM||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|June 21/Thurs||England vs Sri Lanka||3 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|June 22/Thurs||India vs Afghanistan||3 PM||Hampshire Bowl, Southampton|
|June 22/Thurs||West Indies vs New Zealand||6 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|June 23/Fri||Pakistan vs South Africa||3 PM||Lord’s, London|
|June 24/Sat||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||3 PM||Hampshire Bowl, Southampton|
|June 25/Sun||England vs Australia||3 PM||Lord’s, London|
|June 26/Mon||New Zealand vs Pakistan||3 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|June 27/Tus||West Indies vs India||3 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|June 28/Wed||Sri Lanka vs South Africa||3 PM||The Riverside, Chester-le-Street|
|June 29/Thurs||Pakistan vs Afghanistan||3 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|June 29/Thurs||New Zealand vs Australia||6 PM||Lord’s, London|
|June 30/Fri||England vs India||3 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|July 1/Sat||Sri Lanka vs West Indies||3 PM||The Riverside, Chester-le-Street|
|June 2/Sun||Bangladesh vs India||3 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|June 3/Mon||England vs New Zealand||3 PM||The Riverside, Chester-le-Street|
|June 4/Tus||Afghanistan vs West Indies||3 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|June 5/Wed||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||3 PM||Lord’s, London|
|June 6/Thurs||Sri Lanka vs India||3 PM||Headingley, Leeds|
|June 6/Thurs||Australia vs South Africa||6 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
Semi-final and Final Match Schedule:
|July 9/Fri||First Semi-final (1 v 4)||3 PM||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|July 10/Sat||Reserve Day|
|July 11/Sun||Second Semi-final (2 v 3)||3 PM||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|July 12/Mon||Reserve Day|
|July 14/Wed||Final||4 PM||Lord’s, London|
10 Teams and their Squads playing for World Cup 2019:
1# England (ENG): Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Joe Root.
2# South Africa (RSA): Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (vc & wk), David Miller, JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
3# Australia (AUS): Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins.
4# India (IND): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.
5# Sri Lanka (SL): Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis (wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.
6# Pakistan (PAK): Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain.
7# New Zealand (NZ): Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (vc), Ross Taylor.
8# Bangladesh (BD): Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mohammad Mithun (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.
9# West Indies (WI): Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse.
10# Afghanistan (AFG): Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan and Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Names of 11 Cricket Stadiums for World Cup
- London city: Lord’s ground; 28,000 capacity; 5 matches (including Final).
- Birmingham city: Edgbaston ground; 25,000 capacity; 5 matches (including Semi-final).
- Manchester city: Old Trafford ground; 26,000 capacity; 6 matches (including Semi-final).
- Bristol city: Bristol Country ground; 17,500 capacity; 3 matches.
- Cardiff city: Sophia Gardens; 15,643 capacity; 4 matches.
- Leeds city: Headingley ground; 18,350 capacity; 4 matches.
- Chester-le-Street: Riverside ground; 20,000 capacity; 4 matches.
- London: The Oval ground; 25,500 capacity; 5 matches.
- Nottingham: Trent Bridge ground; 17,500 capacity; 5 matches.
- Manchester city: Old Trafford ground; 26,000 capacity; 6 matches (including Semi-final)
- Southampton city: Rose Bowl ground; 25,000 capacity; 5 matches.
Matches as per the IST time will be telecast at 3 pm (afternoon) and 6 pm (evening). Whereas as per the UK time, most of the matches start off from 10.30 am (morning) or 1.30 pm (afternoon). Last time the Cricket World Cup was hosted by Australia along with New Zealand in 2015, where Australia was declared the champions in the final for the 5th time after they beat their co-host New Zealand.
Watch out for the 2019’s ICC World Cup cricket matches from May 30 on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports SELECT 1, Star Sports SELECT 1 HD, and Hotstar Prime (India). All the ten teams will surely give their best performances to win the ICC World Cup trophy! Hope the cricket lovers and the not-so-cricket likers would be watching the World Cup 2019 beginning from May 30 and continuing till July 14! Stay tuned! 🙂
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