Cricket fans across the world are looking forward to this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup which started at the end of May and runs until July
The ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) takes place every four years, featuring ten teams and is the culmination of a global qualification process that runs over a five to six year period.
The top eight teams in the ICC one-day rankings at the given date qualify automatically. The final two teams come from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier which takes place in the year prior to the Cricket World Cup.
This year’s tournament runs from 30th May until the 14th July and will be joint hosted by England and Wales for only the second time in its history. The first two competitions were hosted by England back in 1975 and 1979.
After a disappointing World Cup four years ago, England’s limited-over side have been working towards 2019’s competition in the hope of winning their first ever world cup. With the Ashes taking place later in the year, England are hoping May will kick-start a successful year for the Cricket team.
The 2015 World Cup saw England crash out at the group stages after Bangladesh claimed a stunning 15-run win. It was the third time in five World Cups England had gone out of the group stage.
As the hosts, England are one of the favourites to win the trophy this year and they are also Number 1 in the ICC ODI Rankings. There will be pressure on this England side, but with the backing of their home crowd, they feel they can go all the way.
After a successful ODI series against the West Indies, Adil Rashid may prove to a key factor in an England side filled with an arsenal of batting talent including Eoin Morgan, Jos Butler, Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, was the highest wicket-taker against the West Indies for both sides, and many people will be hoping he will be crucial for his national side this year.
England announced earlier in the week that batsman Alex Hales was omitted from the preliminary squad because of an “off-field incident”. A statement from Hales’ management company said the decision left him “devastated”. However, The ECB has refused to comment on what Hales has done to warrant his withdrawal, citing confidentiality concerns. According to captain Eoin Morgan, a “complete breakdown in trust” led to the 30 year old being left out of the squad, a decision that was endorsed by the senior players.
India are second in the ODI Rankings and feature a great bowling line-up with the likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as well as batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. New Zealand, South Africa and Australia all follow in the rankings and they will be competing in what looks to be an exciting summer of cricket across England and Wales.
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