Cricket World Cup History: 3 teams who played only one World Cup
- All the 3 teams played a match against India in their only World Cup appearance.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the mega-event of cricket where cricketing nations from all over the world compete to determine which team is the best. The Australians have emerged as the most successful team in Cricket World Cup with 5 World Cup wins to their name, while India and West Indies have won the World Cup twice The teams from Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won it once.
ICC has always tried to spread the cricket fever in all the countries of the world and hence, it has always tried to invite as many as teams as possible to play the World Cup, with the year 2019 being the exception. Till date, 20 teams have taken part in the ICC World Cup since the tournament's inception in 1975.
The full members of ICC have been a regular in the World Cup but the associate nations have to qualify for the tournament by playing the Qualifiers. As new teams kept on rising in the field of cricket, several new teams made it to the World Cup. However, there have been 3 teams in cricket history who could play only one World Cup -
Namibia qualified for their first ever World Cup by finishing in the top three of the ICC Trophy tournament in 2001. They were a part of Group A of the 2003 World Cup. Namibia played its first World Cup match versus Zimbabwe at Harare. They later played the likes of Australia, India, England, Pakistan, and the Netherlands but could not win a single match.
They were crushed by India, Pakistan, and Australia in the group stage. The Namibians could not make it to the 2007 World Cup and the World Cups played afterwards because of their poor performances in the qualifiers.