The Cricket World Cup is held once in every four years. The first tournament was held in the year 1975 and the next one scheduled is in 2019 to be hosted by England. The number of overs per side were 60 in the 1975 World Cup which were reduced to 50 per side from the 1987 World Cup.
Analysis of records of teams
Australia owns the maximum number of World Cup Championship titles, including a record three consecutive wins from 1999 to 2007, becoming the only country to ever have achieved so. In addition to winning the World Cup five times, it has twice stood at runners up position
India has won the World Cup twice, once in 1983 and later (breaking the winning streak of Australia) in 2011. Standing on an equal footing, West Indies holds record of winning the World Cup twice- the first two World Cups itself, that is, in 1975 and 1979.
Financial Benefit accruing from World Cups
ICC Cricket World Cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world and a source of huge revenue generation for the hosting country as well. An illustration of this can be understood from the fact that television rights of 2011 and 2015 World Cup were sold excess of $1.1 billion.
Participants in World Cups
Only those teams which are full members of ICC, nations which are associate are eligible to participate in the tournament. Non-members of ICC can qualify through a sub-tournament named ICC World Cup Qualifier.
Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara holds the record of hitting four consecutive centuries in ICC World Cup when he completed his fourth one in the 35th game of ICC World Cup 2015 against Scotland.
Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of making maximum number of half-centuries (21) in the World Cup, seven of which were made in 2003 World Cup itself. He also holds the record for making the most runs in the World Cup, with a total of 2278 runs.
Australian player Glenn McGrath is the highest wicket taker in the tournament, bagging 71 wickets in tournament so far.