Follow today's Cricket World Cup 2019 Live Score, ball by commentary, match updates and news with Sportskeeda. The 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup is taking place in England and Wales. The quadrennial tournament began on 30th May and will conclude on 14th July. International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially announced the entire schedule of the tournament.
A total of 11 stadiums hosted matches for the league stage of the cricketing extravaganza, with the hosts India, Australia, and New Zealand qualifying for the semifinals.
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Total Teams in ICC Cricket 50 Overs World Cup 2019
The participating teams were reduced from 14 to 10. While eight teams - India, Australia, England (hosts), South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh directly qualified for the World Cup on the basis of ICC ODI rankings on 30th September 2017; West Indies and Afghanistan paved their way through ICC World Cup Qualifiers in March 2018.
Change in Format of Cricket World Cup 2019
The international governing body for cricket made some changes in format as the round-robin leaguemade a comeback after 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup. Under the format, each team contested in nine group games and the top four teams - India, Australia, England, New Zealand - advanced to the knockouts.
ICC Cricket World Championship Cup Records
Australia is the most decorated side when it comes to ICC World Cup, winning the title five times, including three consecutive wins between 1999 and 2007. West Indies lifted the trophy in the first editions- 1975 and 1979.
India conquered the World twice winning the tournament in 1983 and 2011. Pakistan and Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1992 and 1996 respectively. England has lost three World Cup finals, the highest by any team.
Favorites to win CWC 2019:
Considering the sumptuous form of the Indian team in ODI format under Virat Kohli, the Men in Blue will go into the World Cup as a huge tournament favorites. Hosts England can exploit their home conditions and have the players to break the 50-over World Cup jinx.
South Africa and New Zealand both have a balanced side which can destroy any opposition on their day and will certainly look to abandon the tag. Australia, on the other side, will be on the back foot as their entire skeleton of the core team was rattled by the suspension of Steven Smith and David Warner.
However, Smith is likely to play the World Cup but doubt looms large over his form after a year gap from top cricket. Pakistan will take huge confidence from their win in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy victory in England. Along with them, Bangladesh will be the dark horses. However, Afghanistan may spoil the parties with few upset wins. West Indies and Sri Lanka are likely to progress to the semi-finals.
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