CWC 2019: 5 players who will be missed in this edition of the cup
- Though it will be a tournament with youngsters in the spotlight, this edition of the Cup will feel the absence of these 5 legends
ICC Cricket World Cup is without a doubt a festive season for cricket fanatics around the globe. The best of the best come against each other in the span of a few weeks string together nail-biting encounters. When the World Cup is preceded by IPL, it only adds enthusiasm to the game.
The 12th edition of the multi-nation tournament will take place in England & Wales between 30 May and 14 July. Ten teams will lock horns with each other in eleven different world-class venues including Lord's.
The defending champions Australia will land in England with all hopes of retaining the cup. Meanwhile, England will be determined to showcase some masterpiece in front of their home crowd. India will be the other favorites for the cup run this year.
Even when the game spices up on the field, there will be some major missings spotted. A handful of big names have retired from international cricket after the 2015 World Cup in Australia & New Zealand and this has led to a lot of young players have been included in the squads.
Now, let's take a look at those big names who retired after the 2015 World Cup and will be badly missed in England & Wales.
#5 Michael Clarke (Australia)
Michael Clarke is Australia's fourth World Cup-winning captain alongside Allan Border, Steve Waugh, and Ricky Ponting. The New South Wales-born cricketer ended his ODI career proudly, winning the WC before his home fans.
Clarke appeared for Australia in 245 ODI matches and scored 7981 runs. The middle-order batsman was a useful weapon with the ball too, picking up 57 wickets with his left-arm spin. The 38-year old played 3 World Cups - in 2007, 2011 and 2015. He featured in 25 games and scored 888 runs at an excellent average of 63.
Michael Clarke was always a reliable batsman in the Australian lineup. His calm and cool batting displays had rescued the team out of danger on multiple occasions.
However, he will be missed from the action when the championship reaches England. Being one of the last players from Ricky Ponting's golden squad, Clarke was always the fan-favorite. He played his final international match against England; the Ashes series in 2015.