The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, an international cricket tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the ICC. It is being hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019.
The 12th ICC Cricket World Cup is in full swing with the finest cricket stars on the planet battling for the trophy in England and Wales. The action will be spread around the UK with 48 matches to enjoy until the final in mid-July. Fans around the world will be desperate to soak up every minute of the action whether they’re basking in the iconic grounds or sitting at home tracking every ball.
Hosts England are expected to be among the top contenders for the title, alongside Australia and India.
The format for the tournament is a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-finals. The 10-team tournament has gained criticism due to the lack of Associate teams in the tournament. Given the increase of the Test-playing nations from 10 to 12, with the admission of Ireland and Afghanistan in June 2017, it is the first World Cup to be contested without all of the Test playing nations being present, and after the elimination of all the Associate teams at the qualifying tournament, this is also the first World Cup to feature no Associate members. The Tournament will showcase the top ODI players from Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka plus the two CWC Qualifiers, Afghanistan and West Indies.
The top eight teams in the ICC one-day rankings at the given date (approximately 18 months prior to the CWC) qualify automatically. The final two teams come from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier which takes place in the year prior to the Cricket World Cup. This event is the culmination of the ICC World Cricket League series and regional qualification events which provide the opportunity for every ICC Member to progress through the qualification process and participate in the CWC.
All teams play each other in a full round robin format with the top four teams progressing to the semi-finals and the winners contesting the CWC final.
Ten non-ODI warm-up matches were played from 24 to 28 May 2019. All times are in British Summer Time
The International Cricket Council declared a total prize money pool of US $10 million for the tournament, the same as the 2015 edition

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