The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
In the world of international Cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup is the most prestigious event of them all. Played in the popular ODI format, the Cricket World Cup sees the best teams from around the world compete for the ultimate title. This coming May, the action gets underway as the 10 qualifying teams battle it out at stadiums in England and Wales. For sports betting enthusiasts, this is the perfect opportunity to bet on the action.
How the Tournament Works
The Cricket World Cup is only held once every four years, and was first played back in 1975. The last event took place in 2015 and was hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The Aussies won the tournament making them the most successful team in the Cup history with five wins. Considering the tournament has only been played 11 times, this is an impressive statistic. The format for the 2019 tournament will be the same as previous years, where 10 qualifying teams will play each other once in the opening rounds in a 50 overs format. The top four teams then compete in the knockout rounds, leading to the semi finals, and the final.
Cup Dates and Qualifying Teams
The 2019 Cricket World Cup will get underway on the 30th of May with South Africa taking on England at the Oval in London. The tournament will conclude on 14th of July where the final will be played at Lords on London. England qualified as the host country while 7 teams qualified through the ODI Championship and two teams qualified through the 2018 World Cup Qualifier. The 10 teams include:
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
Predictions and Betting Options
Most bookmakers have England as the favourite with odds of 3.00. India is also in the running with odds of 3.75; while Australia is New Zealand and South Africa are all possible winners. If you want to find out more about the available betting options and updated odds, you should check out sites like William Hill, Bodog, Sports Betting, Betway Sports, 888 Sport and Spin Sports.
The most popular World Cup bet is the outright winner, which simply involves predicting which team will win the tournament. You can also place match bets on each game as well as prop bets including if a batsman will score a century and if a bowler will take 5 wickets in a game.