Everything You Need To Know About The 2019 Cricket World Cup
The 2019 Cricket World Cup will get underway on the 30th of May. For Cricket and online sports betting enthusiasts, the World Cup is one of the most anticipated One Day International (ODI) tournaments in the sport, as the best teams from around the world compete for the title of World Champions. If you are keen to get in on the betting action or just want to watch a few games, we’ve got all the cricinfo you need.
Qualification and Current Format
The first ever World Cup was hosted by England Cricket back in 1975. The qualification for the event has not changed much since that first tournament. Prior to 2019, all Test playing nations automatically qualified while the remaining teams played a qualification tournament to earn a spot in the line-up. While Afghanistan and Ireland have joined the Test nations, they did not automatically qualify for this year’s event. Afghanistan won the qualifying tournament, however, Zimbabwe and Ireland missed out on their chance.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be the 12th Edition of the tournament and will take place in England and Wales. The format for this year will be a single group Round Robin event, where each team plays each other once. The top teams then progress to the knockout stage, which will consist of the semi-finals and the final.
What Teams are Playing?
If you have been looking up World Cup Fixtures you may have noticed that there are only 10 teams playing in 2019. The decision to reduce the number of teams was made by the ICC to ensure that each and every team was of the highest calibre, and that every game is as exciting as possible. The teams that will play in this year’s Tournament include:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- West Indies
- Sri Lanka
If you want to try your hand at live cricket betting, there are plenty of unmissable matches where every over is set to be a true spectacle of sporting brilliance. Some of the key World Cup Fixtures to look out for include the opening game between England and South Africa on the 30th of May. Another high-profile match will take place on the 9th of June between India and Australia, two of the top ranked teams in the tournament. Another unmissable game will be played on the 29th of June where New Zealand takes on Australia. This will be a repeat of the last Cricket World Cup Final, and a grudge match for the Kiwis.
Current Team Standings
For online sports betting purposes, it is important to have all the cricinfo on the teams are ranked by the ICC. The current ODI rankings have England at the top with 123 points. India is second on the list with 120 points, followed by New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. The lower halves include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and finally, Afghanistan.
Team Odds and Betting Options
The Cricket World Cup offers up plenty of online sports betting options for both novices and experienced punters. The majority of bettors start with an outright bet on the winning team. It is also possible to predict who will reach the semi-finals and the finals. With each match, you can choose from a full range of markets including match winner, bowler to take 5 wickets, batter to score a century and player to score the most sixes.
As the hosts of the event and the team with the highest ODI ranking, England is posted as the favourites. India is second, while Australia is in third, despite having a lower ODI ranking than New Zealand and South Africa. The full list of team odds are as follows:
- England 3.00
- India 3.77
- Australia 5.00
- South Africa 9.00
- New Zealand 10.00
- Pakistan 11.00
- West Indies 13.00
- Sri Lanka 41.00
- Afghanistan 67.00
- Bangladesh 81.00
With the Cricket World Cup around the corner, we’ll also be bringing you the tournament breakdown so you can ensure that you have all the cricinfo you need at your fingertips.