Cricket is the 2nd most popular sport in the world after Soccer. This is evident as ICC Cricket World Cup is the 2nd most popular tournament after FIFA. And with four months of the year 2019 already gone, people can’t wait for 2019 Cricket World Cup.
ICC Cricket World Cup Format
ICC World Cup (Mens, Cricket) is the most viewed tournament across the globe. It is organized once in every four years, with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament.
The 12th edition of men’s ICC CWC, World Cup 2019, will be played between the top 10 teams as per the ICC world rankings. The top 10 ICC teams, starting from 1st to 10th are England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Afghanistan.
World Cup (Cricket) & England Connection
England was the host for the very first ICC Cricket World Cup, which was held in June 1975. The first three ICC CWC were hosted by England(1975 ,1979, 1983). Then it hosted the ICC CWC in 1999.
From 1987 onwards, different countries started approaching ICC to host the cricket tournament. After so many years, in 2019, the ICC CWC will be hosted by England again.
England is going to host the tournament for the 5th time and surprisingly, they had not been on the winning side in any of these years. However, hosting the ICC CWC would be an added advantage to the England team.
The top 10 teams according to the ICC ODI rankings have to announce their 15 players squad, before 23rd April, 2019. Although the teams can continue making adjustments for eventualities such as injury to players until 23 May, 2019, they have to declare their team list for playing the ICC World Cup 2019.
Below are the top 10 teams list (as per ICC ODI rankings):
Afghanistan Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:10
Afghanistan cricket team has made huge number of fans in the past 2 years because of their game. With players like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and Mohammad Nabi, we can give the title of the team with best spinners to Afghanistan cricket team.
While announcing team for ICC World Cup, Afghanistan cricket board has made a big, rather sudden decision to remove Asghar Afghan as their ODI captain. They have handed over the charge to Gulbadin Naib instead.
Here is the 15-man squad for Afghanistan cricket team.
Afghanistan Cricket Team:
- Gulbadin Naib (c)
- Rashid Khan (vc)
- Mohammad Shahzad
- Noor Ali Zadran
- Hazratullah Zazai
- Asghar Afghan
- Hashmatullah Shahidi
- Rahmat Shah
- Mohammad Nabi
- Najibullah Zadran
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Dawlat Zadran
- Aftab Alam
- Hamid Hassan
- Samiullah Shinwari
West Indies Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:9
West Indies Cricket team is the one who has played the finals of the first 3 CWCs. It has even been the champions for the 2 times (1975 and 1979). But, fate! West Indies cricket team is now at the 9th position in the ICC ODI ranking.
Even having powerful hitters like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, the West Indies team was not able to qualify for the finals, even once, after 1983.
More sad for West Indies and their fans is the retirement of Chris Gayle from International Cricket, after this tournament. All eyes would be on Chris Gayle retirement and last few innings.
After him, the next most popular player from West Indies team is Andre Russell. He has already built a huge fan army coz of his powerful hitting.
Chris Gayle and Andre Russell makes their their in the team for CWC but it's shocking to know that the West Indies team didn't name Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, the in-form allrounders in their 15-man squad.
West Indies Cricket Team:
- Jason Holder (c)
- Andre Russell
- Chris Gayle
- Darren Bravo
- Ashley Nurse
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Evin Lewis
- Fabian Allen
- Kemar Roach
- Nicholas Pooran
- Oshane Thomas
- Shai Hope
- Shannon Gabriel
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Shimron Hetmyer
Sri Lanka Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:8
Sri Lanka cricket team has been the champions of the CWC in 1996, and thereafter, they had a tough luck to be crowned as champions again.
Sri Lanka cricket team was the finalist in CWC 2007, and CWC 2011 both. But, it lost both the chances of being the champions again, to Australia and India respectively. The conditions haven’t seen the morning sun for Sri Lankan team since then.
The current 15-man squad of Sri Lanka cricket team doesn’t have enough experience on their side. The senior most player in the Sri Lanka cricket team is Angelo Mathews, with 218 ODI appearances. He will be having a lot of burden on his shoulders.
Besides him, the eyes will be on Lasith Malinga, the spearhead to the bowling attack of Sri Lanka. They have announced the playing 15 for world cup 2019 and we hope, we see some good luck shining for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Cricket Team:
- Dimuth Karunaratne (c)
- Avishka Fernando
- Lahiru Thirimanne
- Kusal Perera
- Kusal Mendis
- Angelo Mathews
- Dhananjaya de Silva
- Jeffrey Vandersay
- Thisara Perera
- Isuru Udana
- Lasith Malinga
- Suranga Lakmal
- Nuwan Pradeep
- Jeevan Mendis
- Milinda Siriwardana
Bangladesh Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:7
Bangladesh Cricket Team is historic as it has never qualified to the finals ever. Their best finish in ICC Cricket World Cup is reaching the Quarter Finals of the tournament. The team has talent but lacks a good leader.
With the consistency of Shakib Al Hasan, and the death bowling specialist, Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh Cricket Team can be tough competition for the other teams in the tournament this year.
This year, they have also taken an uncapped player, Abu Jayed, in their CWC 2019 squad. We would get to see good bowling attack from the Bangladeshi cricket team in world cup 2019.
Bangladesh Cricket Team :
- Mashrafe Mortaza (c)
- Tamim Iqbal
- Liton Das
- Soumya Sarkar
- Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
- Shakib Al Hasan (vc)
- Mohammad Mithun
- Sabbir Rahman
- Mosaddek Hossain
- Mohammad Saifuddin
- Mehedi Hasan Miraz
- Rubel Hossain
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Abu Jayed
Pakistan Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:6
Pakistan cricket team are the champions of CWC 1992 and the runner ups of CWC 1999. They have experienced the road to the finals not once but twice and so, could become an emerging team in this World Cup.
Pakistan cricket team is famous for their fast bowlers. This year too, the eyes will be on their young duo pacers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain. The final Pakistan team for World Cup 2019 has been announced and is mentioned below.
Pakistan Cricket Team:
- Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)
- Abid Ali
- Babar Azam
- Faheem Ashraf
- Fakhar Zaman
- Haris Sohail
- Hasan Ali
- Imad Wasim
- Junaid Khan
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Mohammad Hasnain
- Shadab Khan
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Shoaib Malik
Australia Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:5
Much to everyone’s surprise, the team with the most CWC Champion Titles, Australia Cricket team, is on the 5th position in the ICC ODI Ranking. Australia Cricket Team is 5 times champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015) and 2 times runner-ups(1975, 1996).
The team suffered a sudden downfall after their 2 experienced players got banned from ICC for ball tampering - David Warner and Steve Smith. Now, both these players are free from the ban and are in the squad too.
The Australia cricket team will be eyeing on the trophy for the sixth time. The conditions are likely to be in their favour, but there would be a tough fight. The final Australia team for World Cup 2019 has been announced and is mentioned below.
Australia Cricket Team :
- Aaron Finch (c)
- David Warner
- Usman Khawaja
- Steve Smith
- Shaun Marsh
- Alex Carey
- Marcus Stoinis
- Glenn Maxwell
- Mitchell Starc
- Jhye Richardson
- Pat Cummins
- Jason Behrendorff
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
- Adam Zampa
- Nathan Lyon
South Africa Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:4
South Africa cricket team has an army of fans all around the globe. They have had the world’s best batsman and bowlers on their side. Still, they had not qualified for the finals even once.
South Africa cricket team’s best finish in the CWC is Semi-finals, where they reached 4 times (1992, 1999, 2007, 2015) and were knocked out thereafter. They have selected a balanced team for this year’s world cup, combining the experienced players and young talent together.
But there is sadness for South Africa fans too. JP Duminy and Imran tahir have announced their retirement from International cricket after the ICC CWC 2019, and the team would be expecting to give the farewell to these players with the champions title.
With Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, South Africa cricket team is having one of the best pace bowling attack in the CWC 2019. The playing 15 final team for South Africa is as follows.
Team South Africa :
- Faf du Plessis (c)
- Aiden Markram
- Quinton de Kock (wk)
- Hashim Amla
- Rassie van der Dussen
- David Miller
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- JP Duminy
- Dwaine Pretorius
- Dale Steyn
- Kagiso Rabada
- Lungi Ngidi
- Anrich Nortje
- Imran Tahir
- Tabraiz Shamsi
New Zealand Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:3
The runner-ups of CWC 2015, New Zealand were the first one to reveal their 15-man squad for the CWC 2019. It seems they are all sorted and well prepared for the 2019 World cup.
Under the captaincy of consistent Kane Williamson, New Zealand has reached the 3rd position in the ICC ODI rankings for the first time. Honestly, it is one of the most deserving teams to the champions of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
We are going to see New Zealand giving a tough competition to the other teams in the 2019 World Cup. They 15 players New Zealand team is given below and also has an uncapped wicketkeeper, Tom Blundell, in the squad.
New Zealand Cricket Team:
- Kane Williamson (c)
- Ross Taylor
- Tom Latham (wk)
- Tom Blundell (wk)
- Mitchell Santner
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Lockie Ferguson
- Tim Southee
- Trent Boult
- Colin Munro
- Ish Sodhi
- Henry Nicholls
- Martin Guptill
- Matt Henry
- Jimmy Neesham
Indian Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:2
India Cricket team was on the top of the ICC ODI ranking table for a very long time and had a downfall to the 2nd position last month, after losing a series to Australia on the homeground.
The 2 times champions (1983, 2011), and 1 time runner-ups (2003), India Cricket team is the most deserving team in World Cup 2019 this year. They hae announced their playing 15 team and it is a rare-deadly combination.
India Cricket team has the current world’s best batsman (Virat Kohli), world’s best wicket-keeper (MS Dhoni) and world’s best bowler (Jasprit Bumrah) in their 15-man squad. The team has good openers, finishers and bowling squad but lacks in the middle order.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the selectors ignored young in-form talent Rishabh Pant, Khaleel Ahmed and experienced Ambati Rayudu while doing the selections.
Given below are the playing 15 for India cricket team.
India Cricket Team:
- Virat Kohli (c)
- Rohit Sharma (vc)
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Vijay Shankar
- KL Rahul
- Dinesh Karthik
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- MS Dhoni (wk)
- Kedar Jadhav
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Hardik Pandya
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Mohammed Shami
England Cricket Team
ICC ODI Ranking:1
England cricket team is on the top of the table of the ICC ODI rankings and will also be having favorable conditions of playing in the homeground.
Yes, the 4 times hosts (1975, 1979, 1983, 1999) and 3 times runner-ups (1979, 1987, 1992), the England cricket team, is going to play the ICC World Cup 2019 at its home ground.
Although England cricket team has not selected 2 of their in-form pacers, Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan, in their CWC squad, there will no surprise if England becomes the champions of CWC 2019.
The team is well balanced and most of the players are in form. It has the best chances when compared to the other 9 teams in the race. Given below are the 15 players of the England cricket team for World Cup 2019.
England Cricket Team:
- Eoin Morgan (c)
- Moeen Ali
- Jonny Bairstow
- Jos Buttler
- Tom Curran
- Joe Denly
- Alex Hales
- Liam Plunkett
- Adil Rashid
- Joe Root
- Jason Roy
- Ben Stokes
- David Willey
- Chris Woakes
- Mark Wood
ICC CWC 2019 Matches/Fixtures:
The 2019 World Cup warm-up matches will begin from 24th May, 2019 and will continue till 28th May, 2019. The main ICC World Cup tournament will start from 30th May, 2019 and will continue till 14th July, 2019.
The ICC World Cup 2019 matches of the group stage will end on 6th July, 2019 and the qualifiers will be held thereafter. Read further for the full fixtures of the tournament.
ICC CWC 2019 Warm-Up Matches:
- May 24 Pakistan v Afghanistan, Bristol
- May 24 Sri Lanka v South Africa, Cardiff
- May 25 England v Australia, Southampton
- May 25 India v New Zealand, The Oval
- May 26 South Africa v West Indies, Bristol
- May 26 Pakistan v Bangladesh, Cardiff
- May 27 Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton
- May 27 England v Afghanistan, The Oval
- May 28 West Indies v New Zealand, Bristol
- May 28 Bangladesh v India, Cardiff
ICC CWC 2019 Tournament Matches:
- May 30 England v South Africa, The Oval (3PM/15:00 IST)
- May 31 West Indies v Pakistan, Trent Bridge (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 1 New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 1 Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (d/n) (6PM/18:00 IST)
- June 2 South Africa v Bangladesh, The Oval (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 3 England v Pakistan, Trent Bridge (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 4 Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Cardiff (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 5 South Africa v India, Southampton (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 5 Bangladesh v New Zealand, The Oval (d/n) (6PM/18:00 IST)
- June 6 Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 7 Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Bristol (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 8 England v Bangladesh, Cardiff (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 8 Afghanistan v New Zealand, Taunton (d/n) (6PM/18:00 IST)
- June 9 India v Australia, The Oval (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 10 South Africa v West Indies, Southampton (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 11 Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Bristol (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 12 Australia v Pakistan, Taunton (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 13 India v New Zealand, Trent Bridge (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 14 England v West Indies, Southampton (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 15 Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 15 South Africa v Afghanistan, Cardiff (d/n) (6PM/18:00 IST)
- June 16 India v Pakistan, Old Trafford (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 17 West Indies v Bangladesh, Taunton (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 18 England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 19 New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 20 Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 21 England v Sri Lanka, Headingley (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 22 India v Afghanistan, Southampton (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 22 West Indies v New Zealand, Old Trafford (d/n) (6PM/18:00 IST)
- June 23 Pakistan v South Africa, Lord's (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 24 Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Southampton (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 25 England v Australia, Lord's (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 26 New Zealand v Pakistan, Edgbaston (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 27 West Indies v India, Old Trafford (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 28 Sri Lanka v South Africa, Chester-le-Street (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 29 Pakistan v Afghanistan, Headingley (3PM/15:00 IST)
- June 29 New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (d/n) (6PM/18:00 IST)
- June 30 England v India, Edgbaston (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 1 Sri Lanka v West Indies, Chester-le-Street (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 2 Bangladesh v India, Edgbaston (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 3 England v New Zealand, Chester-le-Street (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 4 Afghanistan v West Indies, Headingley (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 5 Pakistan v Bangladesh, Lord's (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 6 Sri Lanka v India, Headingley (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 6 Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (d/n) (6PM/18:00 IST)
- July 9 *First semi-final: 1st v 4th, Old Trafford (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 11 *Second semi-final: 2nd v 3rd, Edgbaston (3PM/15:00 IST)
- July 14 *Final, Lord's (3PM/15:00 IST)
ICC CWC Previous Champions Year-wise:
1975: West Indies
1979: West Indies
1996: Sri Lanka
The josh is high! May the best team lift the 2019 World Cup!