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The GFORCE Guide To…The Cricket World Cup

Added 13 May 2019 by GFORCE

In our latest GFORCE Guide To, we take a look at the Cricket World Cup 2019!

For football fans, there is an excruciating wait until 2022 for the next FIFA World Cup. For international rugby fans, their next World Cup takes place in the late summer. But for cricket fanatics the world over, the wait is nearly over, because the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup begins on 30 May.

Played every four years, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup pits national teams from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres against each other. Last time around, Australia beat their old rivals New Zealand in Melbourne, winning by seven wickets.

This year, the Cricket World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales; a far easier journey for cricket fans, and a more enticing prospect for those who want to dip their toes in the water and find out more about international cricket. The first match will be played between Pakistan and
Afghanistan in Bristol on Thursday 30 May.

All the teams play each other in the first round of the tournament. The top four teams then progress to the semi-finals, with the winners then facing each other in the final on Sunday 14 July.

With a week of warm-up matches before the competition itself begins, it will be a gruelling summer for the loyal fans, requiring dedication and stamina.

But for the players themselves, May will be the culmination of a long journey towards qualification, which started four years earlier.

As soon as one Cricket World Cup ends, thoughts turn to the next tournament and preparation begins.

It’s a long hard slog, with national teams competing to be one of the 10 who will qualify for the next World Cup. Eight of the places go to those teams that come out on top in the ICC one-day cricket rankings. The final two places are fought over in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which takes place a year before the actual Cricket World Cup.

For players in England, they need to balance their county cricket commitments with their international ambitions, not losing sight of either one or the other.

So if you watch any of this year’s Cricket World Cup matches, either at the ground or on your TV, think about all of the hard work and commitment which has taken the teams to this point.

Tickets for the Cricket World Cup 2019 are available at www.cricketworldcup.com

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