The ICC Cricket World Cup is being held in being held in England and Wales, and in cricket betting, hosts England are the favourites.
Ten of the world’s best cricket nations will battle it out for cricket world cup. The Oval hosts the opening match when England take on South Africa on May 30th, with Lord’s hosting the final some six weeks later on July 14th.
Cricket World Cup Betting
England have home advantage, and are the world number 1 ranked team in 50 Overs cricket. It’s no surprise to see England go into the world cup as such short priced favourites in cricket betting. Eoin Morgan’s team have massive fire power in their batting, with the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler. When this line up gets it right, it is a formidable batting line up.
They are closely followed by Virat Kohli’s India team, who are tipped to do well because of their excellent bowling attack. In a competition expected to be dominated by the bat, a top class bowling unit can’t be underestimated.
- England 7/4
- India 11/4
- Australia 4/1
- New Zealand 10/1
- South Africa 10/1
- West Indies 14/1
- Pakistan 14/1
- Afghanistan 66/1
- Bangladesh 80/1
- Sri Lanka 80/1
Cricket World Cup 2019 Teams
The ten teams competing in the 2019 cricket world cup are hosts England, defending champions Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies. Making up the final ten, from Asia we have India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and qualifiers Afghanistan.
World Cup Format
The 2019 cricket world cup format sees the return of round-robin matches, last used back in 1992 when Australia and New Zealand jointly hosted the competition.
All ten competing teams play each other once in a ten team group, with the top 4 going forward into the semi finals. In total there are 45 round-robin fixtures, with 3 matches after that (2x Semi-Finals + Final), making the world cup a mammoth 48 matches in total. This format ensures a fixture between India and Pakistan, keeping both the BCCI and ICC happy.
Cricket World Cup 2019 Fixtures
- England vs South Africa, The Oval, 10.30am, Thursday 30th
- West Indies vs Pakistan, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Friday 31st
- New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Cardiff, 10.30am, Saturday 1st
- Afghanistan vs Australia, Bristol, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 1st
- South Africa vs Bangladesh, The Oval, 10.30am, Sunday 2nd
- England vs Pakistan, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Monday 3rd
- Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Cardiff, 10.30am, Tuesday 4th
- South Africa vs India, Southampton, 10.30am, Wednesday 5th
- Bangladesh vs New Zealand, The Oval, 1.30pm (day/night), Wednesday 5th
- Australia vs West Indies, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Thursday 6th
- Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Bristol, 10.30am, Friday 7th
- England vs Bangladesh, Cardiff, 10.30am, Saturday 8th
- Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Taunton, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 8th
- India vs Australia, The Oval, 10.30am, Sunday 9th
- South Africa vs West Indies, Southampton, 10.30am, Monday 10th
- Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Bristol, 10.30am, Tuesday 11th
- Australia vs Pakistan, Taunton, 10.30am, Wednesday 12th
- India vs New Zealand, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Thursday 13th
- England vs West Indies, Southampton, 10.30am, Friday 14th
- Lanka vs Australia, The Oval, 10.30am, Saturday 15th
- South Africa vs Afghanistan, Cardiff, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 15th
- India vs Pakistan, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Sunday 16th
- West Indies vs Bangladesh, Taunton, 10.30am, Monday 17th
- England vs Afghanistan, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Tuesday 18th
- New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Wednesday 19th
- Australia vs Bangladesh, Trent Bridge, 10.30, Thursday 20th
- England vs Sri Lanka, Headingley, 10.30am, Friday 21st
- India vs Afghanistan, Southampton, 10.30am, Saturday 22nd
- West Indies vs New Zealand, Old Trafford, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 22nd
- Pakistan vs South Africa, Lord’s, 10.30am, Sunday 23rd
- Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Southampton, 10.30am, Monday 24th
- England vs Australia, Lord’s, 10.30am, Tuesday 25th
- New Zealand vs Pakistan, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Wednesday 26th
- West Indies vs India, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Thursday 27th
- Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Friday 28th
- Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Headingley, 10.30am, Saturday 29th
- New Zealand vs Australia, Lord’s, 1.30pm (day/night) Saturday 29th
- England vs India, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Sunday 30th
- Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Monday 1st
- Bangladesh vs India, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Tuesday 2nd
- England vs New Zealand, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Wednesday 3rd
- Afghanistan vs West Indies, Headingley, 10.30am, Thursday 4th
- Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Lord’s, 10.30am, Friday 5th
- Sri Lanka vs India, Headingley, 10.30am, Saturday 6th
- Australia vs South Africa, Old Trafford, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 6th
- First semi-final: 1st vs 4th, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Tuesday 9th
- Second semi-final: 2nd vs 3rd, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Thursday 11th
- Final, Lord’s, 10.30am, Sunday 14th
Cricket World Cup 2019 Venues
- Old Trafford
- Trent Bridge
Popular World Cup Cricket Betting Markets
There are plenty of different betting markets in a cricket world cup. Firstly, you can bet on outright markets, such as outright tournament winner. Or who will be the top batsman in the tournament, or top bowler.
Secondly, you can bet on individual matches. Like who will be the winner of England V Australia, or who will be the top run scorer in the match, etc. A selection of these markets follows…..
Top Batsman Betting – Which batsman will score most world cup runs.
Top Bowler Betting – Which bowler will take the most world cup wickets.
First Time Winner Betting – Will there be a new first time winner of the world cup.
Group Winner Betting – Who will win their respective group.
Winning Group Betting – Which group will the world cup winners come from.
Continent Of The Winner – Which continent will the winner come from, Asia, Europe, Australasia, etc.
To Reach The Semi Final Betting – Will a particular team reach the semi finals.
To Reach The Final Betting – Will a particular team reach the final.
As well as these markets, you will also find plenty of team individual markets. Take Australia for example, you can have a bet on their stage of elimination, who will be their top run scorer, their top wicket taker, etc. Likewise, these markets will be available on every individual country.
World Cup History
The cricket world cup was first held in England back in 1975, with just 8 teams involved. They were England, Australia, West Indies, Indian, Pakistan and New Zealand. In order to get up to 8 teams, Sri Lanka and East Africa were invited to join the competition.
It has since grown into the major force it is today. It is a commercial giant generating untold wealth for the ICC. Cricket has grown world wide, and there is a major qualifying process to get into the finals these days. A far cry from the first ever world cup, made up of players from the nations of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
1975 – Won by West Indies
The first World Cup was held in England, and was won by the brilliant West Indian side (at Lord’s) captained by Clive Lloyd. They beat Ian Chappell’s Australia by 17 runs, in (what was then) a 60 Over a side match.
1979 – Won by West Indies
Same again, West Indies were the dominant side in world cricket in the late 70s. This time they thrashed England at Lord’s by a massive 92 runs. An unbeaten 138 from the legendary Viv Richards proved to be the difference between the two teams.
1983 – Won by India
Again the tournament was held in England, the only difference this time is that India broke the dominance of West Indies, as Madam Lal ripped out West Indies top order to seal a low scoring win for Kapil Dev’s team.
1987 – Won by Australia
The tournament moved away from England for the first time this year, as India and Pakistan jointly hosted the 1987 World Cup. Australia won it for the first time at Eden Gardens, in a match that will most probably be best remembered for Mike Gatting’s ill advised reverse sweep shot off Allan Border’s part time spin when England were cruising.
1992 – Won by Pakistan
Most probably when the world cup really became a force, the 1992 competition was jointly held between Australia and New Zealand. Pakistan won their first ever world cup when an inspired Wasim Akram led them to victory over England in the final.
This tournament was infamous for the 22 runs off 1 ball recalculation given to first time participants South Africa, after a rain break in their semi-final against England. Ensuring the match ended in farce.
1996 – Won by Sri Lanka
The 1996 version returned the Asian continent with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka jointly hosting it this time. The final was this time played at the Gaddafi Stadium, in Lahore, Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan’s won by 7 wickets against Australia, thanks to a 97 run partnership between skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, and man of the match, Aravinda de Silva.
1999 – Won by Australia
This tournament seen matches played in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Netherlands. The majority of the competition was held in England though.
Probably best remembered for Allan Donald’s farcical run out at Edgbaston which seen Australia progress to the final. Australia thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets in the final, in what turned out to be a procession.
Donald’s run out was probably the only thing that overshadowed England’s inability to even get out of the first group stage, in what turned out to be an embarrassing tournament for the main hosts.
2003 – Won by Australia
This was the first time the tournament went to the continent of Africa, with Kenya, and Zimbabwe joining South Africa in hosting the competition.
The Aussies again won, capturing their third world title, with a convincing 125 run victory over India at the Wanderers.
The competition was over shadowed by political tensions involving Zimbabwe and Kenya, with England and New Zealand forfeiting matches, which seen Kenya reach the semi-final. There was further shocks and upsets with Shane Warne failing a drugs test on the eve of the tournament.
Following on from all that was South Africa’s misreading of the Duckworth/Lewis method, resulting in their farcical elimination in the group stages.
2007 – Won by Australia
It was West Indies turn to host the competition this year, in the world cup that seemed to go on forever.
Australia completed their fourth victory, with a 53 run win over Sri Lanka. A result which seen the Aussie get revenge for their 1996 final defeat to the same nation.
This competition will also be remembered for the untimely death of (Pakistan Coach) Bob Woolmer. Then secondly, and on a far lessor scale, small crowds, and bad organisation.
2011 – Won by India
After India’s early elimination from the 2007 World Cup, the BCCI moved to ensure a structure change for the 2011 competition. The change in format, all but guaranteed the top 8 nations would reach the quarter-finals (although England and West Indies did their best to muck that up). A move which I’m the ICC would have been happy to ratify.
Other controversies included the removal of Pakistan as joint hosts, following the Sri Lanka bus attacks. There were nations who clearly wouldn’t have considered entering Pakistan, so the decision was inevitable. This left India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, all co hosting the competition.
India eventually went on to complete their second world cup triumph, with a 6 wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the final. This was thanks in the main to an unbeaten 91 from MS Dhoni.
2015 – Won by Australia
The Aussies completed their 5th world cup victory with a 7 wicket thrashing of New Zealand in the final.
The competition used the same format as the 2011 one, ensuring the top 8 cricketing nations had safe passage to the quarter-finals. This did happen, with New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia, India and Bangladesh, all progressing through the group stages.
What of world minnows England, well they crashed out in the group stages, winning just 2 of their 6 matches. Their most notable defeats were the 111 run lose to Australia, the 9 wicket defeat to Sri Lanka (England did get 309 runs in this match), and the 15 run defeat to Bangladesh that sealed England’s feat.
None of them compared to the 8 wicket thrashing England got at the hands of New Zealand in Wellington though. A match that seen the Kiwi’s knock off the required runs in just 12.2 Overs. England only managed wins over Scotland and Afghanistan in the competition.
Most World Cup Wins
The Aussies now have a record 5 World Cup victories to their name. They first won in 1987, then reeled off three successive victories in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
India broke that run in 2011, by winning the trophy on home soil back. However, the Aussies then added the 2015 title to their collection. Bringing their total amount up to five.
World Cup Winners
- 1975 – West Indies
- 1979 – West Indies
- 1983 – India
- 1987 – Australia
- 1992 – Pakistan
- 1996 – Sri Lanka
- 1999 – Australia
- 2003 – Australia
- 2007 – Australia
- 2011 – India
- 2015 – Australia
- 2019 –