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
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:
- Australia (reigning holders)
- England (hosts)
- New Zealand
- 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
|Country||Best Betting Site||Bonus||Streaming|
|United States (New Jersey only)||DraftKings Sportsbook||$25 Free + 100% up to $200||No
|United Kingdom||Bet365||Up to £200 in bet credits||World Cup Live Streaming|
|India||Betway||Bet ₹500 Get A ₹500 Free Bet||No|
|South Africa||Bet365||Up to $200 in bet credits||World Cup Live Streaming|
|Australia||Bet365||Up to $200 in bet credits||World Cup Live Streaming|
|Canada||Bet365||Up to $200 in bet credits||World Cup Live Streaming|
|Pakistan||Bet365||Up to $200 in bet credits||World Cup Live Streaming|
Cricket World Cup 2019 odds
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Match||Date||Match Details||Location||Time (GMT)|
|1||May 30, 2019||England vs South Africa||Kennington Oval, London||9:30 a.m|
|2||May 31, 2019||West Indies vs Pakistan||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||9:30 a.m|
|3||June 1, 2019||New Zealand vs Sri Lanka||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff||9:30 a.m|
|4||June 1, 2019||Afghanistan vs Australia||County Ground, Bristol||12:30 p.m|
|5||June 2, 2019||South Africa vs Bangladesh||Kennington Oval, London||9:30 a.m|
|6||June 3, 2019||England vs Pakistan||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||9:30 a.m|
|7||June 4, 2019||Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff||9:30 a.m|
|8||June 5, 2019||South Africa vs India||The Rose Bowl, Southampton||9:30 a.m|
|9||June 5, 2019||Bangladesh vs New Zealand||Kennington Oval, London||12:30 p.m|
|10||June 6, 2019||Australia vs West Indies||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||9:30 a.m|
|11||June 7, 2019||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka||County Ground, Bristol||9:30 a.m|
|12||June 8, 2019||England vs Bangladesh||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff||9:30 a.m|
|13||June 8, 2019||Afghanistan vs New Zealand||The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton||12:30 p.m|
|14||June 9, 2019||India vs Australia||Kennington Oval, London||9:30 a.m|
|15||June 10, 2019||South Africa vs West Indies||The Rose Bowl, Southampton||9:30 a.m|
|16||June 11, 2019||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||County Ground, Bristol||9:30 a.m|
|17||June 12, 2019||Australia vs Pakistan||The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton||9:30 a.m|
|18||June 13, 2019||India vs New Zealand||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||9:30 a.m|
|19||June 14, 2019||England vs West Indies||The Rose Bowl, Southampton||9:30 a.m|
|20||June 15, 2019||Sri Lanka vs Australia||Kennington Oval, London||9:30 a.m|
|21||June 15, 2019||South Africa vs Afghanistan||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff||12:30 p.m|
|22||June 16, 2019||India vs Pakistan||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||9:30 a.m|
|23||June 17, 2019||West Indies vs Bangladesh||The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton||9:30 a.m|
|24||June 18, 2019||England vs Afghanistan||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||9:30 a.m|
|25||June 19, 2019||New Zealand vs South Africa||Edgbaston, Birmingham||9:30 a.m|
|26||June 20, 2019||Australia vs Bangladesh||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||9:30 a.m|
|27||June 21, 2019||England vs Sri Lanka||Headingley, Leeds||9:30 a.m|
|28||June 22, 2019||India vs Afghanistan||The Rose Bowl, Southampton||9:30 a.m|
|29||June 22, 2019||West Indies vs New Zealand||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||12:30 p.m|
|30||June 23, 2019||Pakistan vs South Africa||Lord's, London||9:30 a.m|
|31||June 24, 2019||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||The Rose Bowl, Southampton||9:30 a.m|
|32||June 25, 2019||England vs Australia||Lord's, London||9:30 a.m|
|33||June 26, 2019||New Zealand vs Pakistan||Edgbaston, Birmingham||9:30 a.m|
|34||June 27, 2019||West Indies vs India||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||9:30 a.m|
|35||June 28, 2019||Sri Lanka vs South Africa||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street||9:30 a.m|
|36||June 29, 2019||Pakistan vs Afghanistan||Headingley, Leeds||9:30 a.m|
|37||June 29, 2019||New Zealand vs Australia||Lord's, London||12:30 p.m|
|38||June 30, 2019||England vs India||Edgbaston, Birmingham||9:30 a.m|
|39||July 1, 2019||Sri Lanka vs West Indies||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street||9:30 a.m|
|40||July 2, 2019||Bangladesh vs India||Edgbaston, Birmingham||9:30 a.m|
|41||July 3, 2019||England vs New Zealand||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street||9:30 a.m|
|42||July 4, 2019||Afghanistan vs West Indies||Headingley, Leeds||9:30 a.m|
|43||July 5, 2019||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||Lord's, London||9:30 a.m|
|44||July 6, 2019||Sri Lanka vs India||Headingley, Leeds||9:30 a.m|
|45||July 6, 2019||Australia vs South Africa||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||12:30 p.m|
|July 9, 2019||TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi-Final (1 v 4)||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||9:30 a.m|
|July 11, 2019||TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3)||Edgbaston, Birmingham||9:30 a.m|
|July 14, 2019||TBC vs TBC, Final||Lord's, London||9:30 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.
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.