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ICC World Cup 2019: 4 key factors which could impact the tournament

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2.21K   //    20 Jan 2019, 13:32 IST

England & Wales are set to host the 2019 World Cup
England & Wales are set to host the 2019 World Cup

When the new year arrived, the cricket fans were a bit more excited than the others because of the fact that 2019 is a World Cup year. The ICC World Cup, which takes place after every four years, will take place in 2019.

As per the schedule, the World Cup starts on 30 May and the final will be held on 14th July. England will be the hosts of this edition of the World Cup and the final will take place at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground.

Australia will start the tournament as defending champions as they lifted the trophy in 2015 at home under the captaincy of Michael Clarke. Many legends like MS Dhoni, Hashim Amla and Lasith Malinga will be playing their last World Cup and it would be interesting to see how they perform on the big stage for one last time.

On the other hand, we will also see some youngsters like Aiden Markram, Rashid Khan and Jasprit Bumrah in their first World Cup appearance.

There are many interesting factors to watch out for in this World Cup. So, let’s have a look at four key factors which could impact the 2019 World Cup.


#4 10-team tournament should mean fewer mismatches

Afghanistan's meteoric rise should augur well for the upcoming tournament
Afghanistan's meteoric rise should augur well for the upcoming tournament

The 2019 edition of the World Cup will be a ten-team tournament. The top eight teams qualified directly whereas Afghanistan and Windies were the other two who qualified from the qualifiers. The decision of going with only ten teams in the World Cup can be looked at in two ways.

Due to the absence of many Associate nations, there won’t be many games where the stronger team just blows away the weaker one. There were quite a lot one-sided games in the last World Cup which might not be the case this time.

Having said that, the ten team tournament doesn’t allow the Associate nations to participate in the greatest tournament of cricket. There are many players from the lesser known nations who deserve to play the World Cup but it won’t be possible for them.

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