World cup Cricket 2019 is fast approaching. 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 from 30 May to 14 July 2019. Team India/ Indian Cricket team is one of the team to participate in the ICC cricket world cup 2019.
With the World Cup being held in England, one thing which is quintessential for each team will be their batting lineup. In such a big tournament like this, consistency will be the key, especially from the top order.
Hosting country of ICC cricket world cup :
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.
World cup cricket history :
Cricket World Cup, international Cricket championship held at four-year intervals that is the premier contest in one-day cricket and one of the most-watched sporting events in the world.
The first world cup was held in 1975 just four years after one day cricket took the world by storm. It was the ICC’s official response to the ‘World series of cricket’ Phenomenon which was proving incredibly popular with fans.
In the last 40 years, the tournament has been held all over the cricketing world and has been won by teams from every corner of the globe. The tournament in 2019 will be the twelfth time the competition has been played and the fifth time it has been played in the UK.
In 1975 the first Cricket World Cup was contested in England as a series of one-day matches of 60 overs per side. It was held outside England, in India and Pakistan, for the first time in 1987.
The 1987 contest also saw the number of overs per side reduced to 50. In 2007 Australia became the first team to win three consecutive World Cup tournaments.
Teams at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
The 2019 World Cup will feature 10 teams, a decrease from previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 teams. The hosts, England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of 30 September 2017 earned automatic qualification, with the remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
Teams Qualified for the 2019 Cricket World Cup:
- South Africa.
- New Zealand.
- Sri Lanka.
The group stage format is a round-robin, where all ten teams play each other once, 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 progress to the knockout stage.
Qualification for the cricket world cup 2019 :
Only 10 teams will qualify for the 2019 world cup after a decision was taken to shrink the size of the tournament. In 2011 and in 2015 the tournament had 14 teams but ICC have decided few nations will make for a better competition.
England will qualify automatically because they are hosting the tournament, as will the top seven one day international nations according to the latest ICC rankings 6 months prior to the tournament.
However, that leaves only two spots for the remaining test playing nations and affiliate members of the ICC. Those places have been taken by Afghanistan and West Indies at a qualifying tournament which was held in Bangladesh in March 2018.
This tournament included the remaining four teams that failed to make the top seven one day international spots plus the top four teams from the Cricket World League Championships.
Format of ICC cricket world cup 2019 :
In the past, a variety of formats have been used but the reduced number of teams this year means that the format will be much simpler than in previous years.
In 2018 there will only be one central group consisting of all 10 teams. In this group stage, every nation will play each other once meaning that there will be a total of 45 group games before the finals stage.
Because of this extended group phase, the quarterfinals have been abolished and the top 4 teams will instead progress directly to the semi-finals with the remaining 6 nations knocked out of the tournament.
The winners of each respective semi will progress to the final and the winner of that match will be declared world champion.
Venues for the world cup :
Lords, the spiritual home of cricket will play host to the final while The Oval will host the opening game. The two semi-finals according to the English Cricket Board will be played at Edgbaston and Old Trafford.
The London stadium will host the opening ceremony and some group stage fixtures. The rest of the games will be played across England and Wales at the grounds which meet the ICCs size and capacity requirements.
The reduced size of the tournament :
Understandably, the affiliate nations of the ICC have protested the decision to shrink the size of the tournament because it will mean that it will be much harder for smaller cricketing nations to qualify.
They argue that World Cup berths give their nation’s experience and exposure that they don’t get at any other time and that denying them the chance to compete could set the game back years in their respective countries.
According to the affiliate nations, if the ICC wants to grow the game then they should be making the tournament bigger, not smaller. They further argue that upset wins by nations such as Ireland over England in the 2011 World Cup show that they can be competitive and that anything is possible when they are given the chance.
ICC’s decision to reduce the size :
In response, the ICC has defended its decision saying that the move was necessary to ensure the best quality product was being presented to fans in the stands and viewers around the world.
They argue that having smaller nations involved was just leading to blowouts which were boring to watch and actually damaged the sport in those smaller countries.
They believe that smaller nations are better served by playing each other in competitive matches until such a time comes when they will be able to legitimately compete with the larger cricket nations such as Australia or India.
They also claim the new format is fairer as it allows every competing nation to play every other competing nation. This means the table at the end will be a fairer representation of who the better teams.
Indian team/Team India for the world cup 2019 :
According to Rohit Sharma the India squad for World Cup 2019 will depend on England weather and the Indian captain.
- A couple of spots are still undecided in the Indian team for the World Cup
- Rohit Sharma said the Indian bench strength would largely depend on the captain’s opinion
- Rohit said he would not want IPL performances to influence World Cup selection
The Indian selectors, who are days away from announcing the squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, are closely monitoring the Indian Premier League.
A couple of spots are still undecided and some sterling performances in the IPL could decide which two players are included in the final list of 15.
Several factors will determine what kind of squad the selectors pick.
Team India’s best possible 15-member squad for World Cup 2019 :
This time in the ICC cricket world cup 2019, the format of the tournament has changed and each side will have to face every other participating nation at least once, which makes the competition a lot stiffer for the teams to qualify for the knockouts.
The Indian cricket team will begin their World Cup journey from 5th of June and will face off against South Africa. Since many teams would not like to waste a crucial spot in the fifteen having a backup opener warming the bench all through the tournament, a floating batsman would be a better choice.
An excellent season would definitely force the selectors to have second thoughts. We can expect BCCI to announce the World Cup squad by the 15th of May.
India’s Expected ICC World Cup 2019 squad :
Team India : Virat Kohli(C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayadu, MS Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneswar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
ICC world cup 2019 schedule :
30 May 2019 England v/s South Africa – The Oval, London
31 May 2019 Pakistan v/s West Indies – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
1 June 2019 New Zealandv/s West Sri Lanka – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
1 June 2019 Australia v/s Afghanistan – County Ground, Bristol
3 June 2019 England v/s Pakistan – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
4 June 2019 Afghanistan v/s Sri Lanka – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
5 June 2019 India v/s South Africa – Rose Bowl, Southampton
5 June 2019 Bangladesh v/s New Zealand – The Oval, London
6 June 2019 Australia v/s West Indies – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
7 June 2019 Pakistan v/s Sri Lanka – County Ground, Bristol
10 June 2019 South Africa v/s West Indies – Rose Bowl, Southampton
11 June 2019 Bangladesh v/s Sri Lanka – County Ground, Bristol
12 June 2019 Australia v/s Pakistan – County Ground, Taunton
13 June 2019 India v/s New Zealand – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
14 June 2019 England v/s West Indies – Rose Bowl, Southampton
15 June 2019 Australia v/s Sri Lanka – The Oval, London
15 June 2019 Afghanistan v/s South Africa – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
16 June 2019 India v/s Pakistan – Old Trafford, Manchester
17 June 2019 Bangladesh v/s West Indies – County Ground, Taunton
18 June 2019 England v/s Afghanistan – Old Trafford, Manchester
19 June 2019 New Zealand v/s South Africa – Edgbaston, Birmingham
20 June 2019 Australia v/s Bangladesh – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
21 June 2019 England v/s Sri Lanka – Headingley, Leeds
22 June 2019 Afghanistan v/s India – Rose Bowl, Southampton
22 June 2019 New Zealand v/s West Indies – Old Trafford, Manchester
23 June 2019 Pakistan v/s South Africa – Lord’s, London
24 June 2019 Afghanistan v/s Bangladesh – Rose Bowl, Southampton
25 June 2019 England v/s Australia – Lord’s, London
26 June 2019 New Zealand v/s Pakistan – Edgbaston, Birmingham
27 June 2019 India v/s West Indies – Old Trafford, Manchester
28 June 2019 South Africa v/s Sri Lanka – Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
29 June 2019 Afghanistan v/s Pakistan – Headingley, Leeds
29 June 2019 Australia v/s New Zealand – Lord’s, London
30 June 2019 England v/s India – Edgbaston, Birmingham
1 July 2019 Sri Lanka v/s West Indies – Riverside Ground, Chester-le- Street
2 July 2019 Bangladesh v/s India – Edgbaston, Birmingham
3 July 2019 England v/s New Zealand – Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
4 July 2019 Afghanistan v/s West Indies – Headingley, Leeds
5 July 2019 Bangladesh v/s Pakistan – Lord’s, London
6 July 2019 India v/s Sri Lanka – Headingley, Leeds
6 July 2019 Australia v/s South Africa – Old Trafford, Manchester
Semi-finals and Final match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be decided on a later date.