ICC Cricket World Cup Betting Guide

Odds, Schedule, And World Cup History

The world is the witnessing 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.

This guide will take you through everything you need to know about the International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup, including a look at the key fixtures, the best players around and the various betting markets currently available from all of the best bookmakers around.

ICC World Cup tournament format

2019 England ICC World Cup How many teams are playing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup follows a single round-robin, group-stage format, with the following 10 teams playing each other once, thereby playing nine group games each:

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia (reigning holders)
  • Bangladesh
  • England (hosts)
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • West Indies

Why is finishing in the top four important?

At the end of the ninth round of group games, the teams ranked in the top four proceed to the semifinals.

Again, they will play each other once, over just one day, to reach the final, which will be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14.

Where to Bet on the World Cup 2019 by Country

CountryBest Betting SiteBonusStreaming
United States (New Jersey only)DraftKings Sportsbook$25 Free + 100% up to $200No
United KingdomBet365Up to £200 in bet creditsWorld Cup Live Streaming
IndiaBetwayBet ₹500 Get A ₹500 Free BetNo
South AfricaBet365Up to $200 in bet creditsWorld Cup Live Streaming
AustraliaBet365Up to $200 in bet creditsWorld Cup Live Streaming
CanadaBet365Up to $200 in bet creditsWorld Cup Live Streaming
PakistanBet365Up to $200 in bet creditsWorld Cup Live Streaming

Cricket World Cup 2019 odds

Cricket World Cup Winner

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India
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+200
England
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+210
Australia
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+360
New Zealand
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+600
Pakistan
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+2800
Bangladesh
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+10000
Sri Lanka
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+12500
West Indies
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+20000

Who are the favorites?

As of June 24, three teams stand as clear favorites to reach the semifinals by finishing in the top four of the group stages.

Along with their average futures market odds, they are as follows:

India (+200)

Despite losing the crown in 2015, India has gone from strength to strength. In the build-up to this World Cup in England, they have beaten every major rival in at least one series. Although 2019 has brought mixed results for the Indian team, they boast one of the best captains around with Virat Kohli on course to break several international records.

India opened the cup as second favorites to England, but not by a considerable distance.

England (+210 to win)

England opened as the favorites to win this tournament, even though the nation’s best finish as a ICC World Cup host is as runner-up finish (in 1979). England’s standing as the outright favorites on the futures list is backed by the fact that June 2017 marks the nation’s last ODI series defeat.

Flat pitches, which provide lower levels of bounce and lateral motion, are where England thrive best, with those types of surfaces affording them greater license to focus on their main game plan, which is to outscore the opposition.

Australia (+260)

Despite being crowned as 2015 world champions, it has been difficult for the Australian team to regain its former glory since the 2018 ball-tampering scandal that led to Steve Smith and David Warner being banned from cricket for 12 months.

Naturally, there was a decline in the absence of the five-time world champions’ two most influential players, but they return as good as ever. Without them, Australia hardly stands a prayer of winning the World Cup on English soil. But the odds don’t look at them quite as unfavorably.

Types of futures bets

Along with the futures markets for the World Cup-winning team and the top batsmen/bowlers, there are many other futures’ lists that will attract a lot of interest in the coming weeks. The main strength of futures markets is the constant tension over a more extended period of time that moneyline bets can’t provide.

Amongst the most popular futures markets are:

Name the finalists

For anyone unsure of who will win the final, the identity of the two finalists can be backed instead. At present, England vs. India as the final is the likeliest outcome, at a market average of +500.

To finish top/bottom

This is a bet on teams finishing top and/or bottom, backing a team to finish top and one to finish bottom, while placing both in the same multiple bet, will yield a better payout.

Exact order (1+2)

This is a bet on the identity of the top two teams in the group after the 45th group-stage match has been completed. They must finish in that specific order to yield a payout. Uunsurprisingly, England (first) and India (second) is seen as the likeliest combination order and is priced at around +750.

Types of moneyline bets

A moneyline bet is a straightforward match bet on one team or the other.

Whichever team commands a price of -100 or lower is the favorite, while the one with a price of +100 or greater is the outsider. The range of niche match bets is not particularly extensive for ODI cricket, but markets such as the following may be open for exploration:

Number of runs (over/under or a total)

Bettors can choose whether to back a team to hit or not hit a certain number of runs, with options usually presented in increments of 50 (over/under 100 runs, 150, 200, etc.). Alternatively, there may be the option to predict a specific range in which a team will finish or declare (e.g., between 150-200 runs).

If the bettor so chooses, the number of runs can also pertain to the total scored across the whole game by both teams.

Winning margin or handicap

A team can be backed to win by over or under a certain number of runs or wickets. In handicap betting, one team must win by a minimum number to overturn a handicap placed by the bettor.

For instance, if someone bets on England to beat Sri Lanka with a handicap of -30 runs against them, they must win by 31 or more runs for a payout.

Live betting

Futures markets close during active play, but many of the match betting markets (including those listed above) remain live during matches, with constantly shifting odds in reaction to key flashpoints such as dismissals, which can cause a batting collapse for a team that is lighter in natural talent beyond the leading batsmen.

In addition to desktop websites, every bookmaker worthy of attention has its own fully tested and compliant betting app, some of which enable users to place wagers with as little as one press of a button.

Players can personalize these apps to show particular sports, teams or favorite markets pertaining to either.

Verdict: Who will win the 2019 World Cup in England?

The current outlook seems to favor England and India, and it ultimately hinges on whether or not England’s batting is better than India’s bowling or vice versa. While England are much improved after the shambles that was their group-stage elimination in 2015, the fact remains that England has only ever finished as runners up on home turf.

India, on the other hand, is under no obligation to prove themselves and could easily pip England. At the moment it truly is a toss up between the two. Only the first few group games can provide an accurate idea as to the identity of the likeliest winner.

The 2019 prize money

This year, the prizepool is bigger than ever before, with the tournament winners standing to receive $4 million in prize money.

The total prize pot is worth $10 million, with runners up receiving $2 million. Teams who lose in the semifinals earn $800,000 apiece, which leaves $40,000 for every group-stage win. Though all teams are guaranteed to leave with at least $100,000, even if they lose every group game.

Qualification round

England was appointed hosts of the 2019 World Cup back in September 2006, rendering the nation exempt from any qualification duties.

A majority (seven) of the remaining nine finalist spots were filled by the seven top-most teams in the ICC ODI Championship rankings. Their position as such was determined by point tallies based on previous test results over a predetermined time. This differentiates it from actual qualification tournaments found in other popular sports, such as the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The final two spots went to Afghanistan and the West Indies, who both negotiated the 2018 Cricket World Cup qualifiers after filling the top two spots in the Super Sixes playoff round. To get there, both nations had to get through an initial group stage and then go through a single round-robin, comprising of five matches apiece.

Points table

The points table is simple to understand. It charts the number of games played, how many games each team has won, lost or tied. Teams get two points for a win, one for a draw (or a “no result” declaration) and zero for a loss.

Points are tallied in the “points” column, but in the event of a tie after nine rounds, positioning is determined by the net run rate (NRR). Under tournament settings, the NRR is the average runs per over that a team scores, minus the average runs per over scored against them.

Cricket World Cup fixtures and ranking

In order, England, India and South Africa make up the current top three in ODI rankings.

The full set of World Cup fixtures and rankings are available from the ICC website. Within that, there are a few standout ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures that could have a massive impact on the destination of the trophy.

For geopolitical reasons, India versus Pakistan at the Rose Bowl (June 16) is sure to be a heated affair.

Recent events have heightened already-fraught political tensions between the two nations, but all the focus will be on the teams’ attempt to gain bragging rights on the world stage. The nations met in the group stage of 2015, with India winning by 76 runs.

Australia versus New Zealand also has the potential to take the spotlight in a big way, and rightly so, as it will be a rerun of the 2015 final.

Naturally, as Oceanic neighbors, there has always been a seething rivalry between the nations, which extends into many other sports. With current bookmaker odds in mind, New Zealand knows that victory in this fixture on June 29 could be the one that all but seals a top-four finish – likely at the expense of South Africa, but possibly Australia themselves.

However, one of the most important dates on the calendar will be the seventh round, group-stage matchup between hosts England and 2011 winners India (June 30).

Both are expected to be battling it out for the top-two spots by this stage, and the winner is likely to go on and finish top of the group. As they are currently the top two in the bookmakers’ futures list, these teams are also fancied to meet again in the final.

England’s former colonization of India (as part of the United Kingdom) also gives this a vast geopolitical backstory, and the most recent World Cup meeting came in 2011, with the match ending tied, putting this one on a real cliff-hanger.

ICC schedule (2019-20)

The World Cup begins on Thursday, May 30, and ends on Sunday, July 14.

One group-stage match is held every day, except for Saturdays, when two matches are played.

The ICC arranges all the fixtures in every form of the game, and the action for 2019 is far from over after the World Cup. As of May, the next confirmed major ODI series after the World Cup takes place in March 2020, With New Zealand’s three-game tour of Australia.

MatchDateMatch DetailsLocationTime (GMT)
1May 30, 2019England vs South AfricaKennington Oval, London9:30 a.m
2May 31, 2019West Indies vs PakistanTrent Bridge, Nottingham9:30 a.m
3June 1, 2019New Zealand vs Sri LankaSophia Gardens, Cardiff9:30 a.m
4June 1, 2019Afghanistan vs AustraliaCounty Ground, Bristol12:30 p.m
5June 2, 2019South Africa vs BangladeshKennington Oval, London9:30 a.m
6June 3, 2019England vs PakistanTrent Bridge, Nottingham9:30 a.m
7June 4, 2019Afghanistan vs Sri LankaSophia Gardens, Cardiff9:30 a.m
8June 5, 2019South Africa vs IndiaThe Rose Bowl, Southampton9:30 a.m
9June 5, 2019Bangladesh vs New ZealandKennington Oval, London12:30 p.m
10June 6, 2019Australia vs West IndiesTrent Bridge, Nottingham9:30 a.m
11June 7, 2019Pakistan vs Sri LankaCounty Ground, Bristol9:30 a.m
12June 8, 2019England vs BangladeshSophia Gardens, Cardiff9:30 a.m
13June 8, 2019Afghanistan vs New ZealandThe Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton12:30 p.m
14June 9, 2019India vs AustraliaKennington Oval, London9:30 a.m
15June 10, 2019South Africa vs West IndiesThe Rose Bowl, Southampton9:30 a.m
16June 11, 2019Bangladesh vs Sri LankaCounty Ground, Bristol9:30 a.m
17June 12, 2019Australia vs PakistanThe Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton9:30 a.m
18June 13, 2019India vs New ZealandTrent Bridge, Nottingham9:30 a.m
19June 14, 2019England vs West IndiesThe Rose Bowl, Southampton9:30 a.m
20June 15, 2019Sri Lanka vs AustraliaKennington Oval, London9:30 a.m
21June 15, 2019South Africa vs AfghanistanSophia Gardens, Cardiff12:30 p.m
22June 16, 2019India vs PakistanEmirates Old Trafford, Manchester9:30 a.m
23June 17, 2019West Indies vs BangladeshThe Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton9:30 a.m
24June 18, 2019England vs AfghanistanEmirates Old Trafford, Manchester9:30 a.m
25June 19, 2019New Zealand vs South AfricaEdgbaston, Birmingham9:30 a.m
26June 20, 2019Australia vs BangladeshTrent Bridge, Nottingham9:30 a.m
27June 21, 2019England vs Sri LankaHeadingley, Leeds9:30 a.m
28June 22, 2019India vs AfghanistanThe Rose Bowl, Southampton9:30 a.m
29June 22, 2019West Indies vs New ZealandEmirates Old Trafford, Manchester12:30 p.m
30June 23, 2019Pakistan vs South AfricaLord's, London9:30 a.m
31June 24, 2019Bangladesh vs AfghanistanThe Rose Bowl, Southampton9:30 a.m
32June 25, 2019England vs AustraliaLord's, London9:30 a.m
33June 26, 2019New Zealand vs PakistanEdgbaston, Birmingham9:30 a.m
34June 27, 2019West Indies vs IndiaEmirates Old Trafford, Manchester9:30 a.m
35June 28, 2019Sri Lanka vs South AfricaRiverside Ground, Chester-le-Street9:30 a.m
36June 29, 2019Pakistan vs AfghanistanHeadingley, Leeds9:30 a.m
37June 29, 2019New Zealand vs AustraliaLord's, London12:30 p.m
38June 30, 2019England vs IndiaEdgbaston, Birmingham9:30 a.m
39July 1, 2019Sri Lanka vs West IndiesRiverside Ground, Chester-le-Street9:30 a.m
40July 2, 2019Bangladesh vs IndiaEdgbaston, Birmingham9:30 a.m
41July 3, 2019England vs New ZealandRiverside Ground, Chester-le-Street9:30 a.m
42July 4, 2019Afghanistan vs West IndiesHeadingley, Leeds9:30 a.m
43July 5, 2019Pakistan vs BangladeshLord's, London9:30 a.m
44July 6, 2019Sri Lanka vs IndiaHeadingley, Leeds9:30 a.m
45July 6, 2019Australia vs South AfricaEmirates Old Trafford, Manchester12:30 p.m
July 9, 2019TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi-Final (1 v 4)Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester9:30 a.m
July 11, 2019TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3)Edgbaston, Birmingham9:30 a.m
July 14, 2019TBC vs TBC, FinalLord's, London9:30 a.m

How to watch ICC World Cup

The official full list of confirmed broadcasters is available online. A majority of the world’s viewing figures are set to come from the following nations via these channels:

  • Australia: Fox Sports and Nine Network
  • India: Star Sports and DD Sports
  • New Zealand: Sky Sport
  • South Africa: SuperSport
  • United Kingdom: Sky Sports
  • United States: Willow TV (or via the Hotstar app)

ICC Cricket World Cup history

As the 12th World Cup, the event has a rich history behind it, which stretches back more than four decades.

Who won the first World Cup?

The first World Cup was held in 1975 and hosted by England. The West Indies won the 15-match tournament, which comprised of eight teams, beating Australia at Lord’s Cricket Ground by 17 runs.

New Zealand’s Glenn Turner ended the tournament as the top batsman with 333 runs, while Australia’s Gary Gilmour scored the most wickets, personally dismissing no less than 11 batsmen throughout the tournament.

Who won the last ICC World Cup?

Australia was the victors in the last ICC World Cup, co-hosting the 2015 tournament alongside fellow finalists New Zealand.

Over the four decades since the inaugural ICC World Cup, the tournament had expanded to accommodate 14 teams, who participated in a total of 49 matches.

The final itself was a grand affair, and Australia fully honored their status as favorites despite earlier losing to New Zealand in the group stage. The seven-wicket win always had the air of a formality about it once Matt Henry had dismissed two top-order New Zealanders after conceding a total of just 46 runs.

Australia wins 2018 Cricket World Cup Defeating New Zealand

It was Australia’s fifth World Cup triumph overall.

Which team has won the most World Cups?

Australia’s haul of five World Cups is unmatched by any other team, and they stand high alongside India and England in the futures list to make it six.

Two of Australia’s World Cup wins have come after a perfect run to the trophy, with victories in all group games before the knockout rounds. Remarkably, they did this in back-to-back World Cups in 2003 and 2007.

Which team had the biggest win in the final?

In 2003, Australia completed the first of two successive “perfect” World Cup-winning campaigns, beating India by 125 runs.

The biggest win by wickets came in 1999, with Australia beating Pakistan by eight wickets.

How many times has a host nation won the tournament?

Host nations have won the tournament on three occasions: Sri Lanka (1996), India (2011) and Australia (2015).

Cricket World Cup FAQ

Where is the World Cup being held?

England and Wales will jointly host the 2019 World Cup.

Lancashire’s ground (Old Trafford) will hold the most matches, with six games being played there. Meanwhile, Middlesex’s ground (Lord’s) will host five matches, including the final.

The only host ground in Wales is Glamorgan’s Sophia Gardens, which is based in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. This venue will host four matches, including hosts England’s group game against Bangladesh.

It is the second time the Cricket World Cup will be co-hosted by England and Wales alone, with the two segments of the United Kingdom last exclusively hosting the World Cup in 1983. India were the victors on that occasion.

Where is the ICC?

The International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909, the ICC currently has 12 full members that play test matches and 93 associate members. The latest nation to achieve associate membership was the United States in 2019.

Back in 2017, no less than 56 new associates were accepted at ICC members.

Will Dhoni or Suresh Raina play in 2019 World Cup?

Despite being widely seen as one of the best fielders in the world, Suresh Raina has not been selected to represent India in the 2019 World Cup. Injury issues have forced him to miss international duty even though he is firmly in his playing prime.

However, the squad announcement on April 15 named all-time great Dhoni as part of the 15-man party that will travel to England. He stands eligible to take their place in the XI that opens against South Africa at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl on June 6.

Four years ago, Dhoni was a colossus as the captain of the title-defending 2015 World Cup squad, becoming the first Indian captain to win every group-stage match at a tournament based on the ODI format. Within that run came a huge win over rivals Pakistan and a maiden World Cup match victory against South Africa.

That tournament also saw Dhoni become the highest-scoring Indian captain in a match on Oceanic territory.

Though he gave up the captaincy in January 2017, Dhoni remains a huge differential factor in the squad. Only last year, he made a huge impact in India’s 2-1 series win in Australia, marking the nation’s first in a bilateral series in that country.

That tournament also saw him hit the 1,000-run mark, making him (at the time) only the fourth Indian to score 1,000 runs on Australian soil.

How many overs are there in 2019?

Ever since 1987, World Cup matches have been limited to 50 overs per inning.

When is the next ICC Cricket World Cup?

The next ICC Cricket World Cup will be between Feb. 9 and March 23, 2023.

Who will host the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup?

The 2023 World Cup will be in India. It will be the fourth time that the nation has been a host at a World Cup, previously acting as such in 1987, 1996 and 2011, winning it on the latter occasion.