There are three popular events which will entertain the whole world for every four years in the sports world. They are FIFA World cup foot ball, The Olympic Games, and the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship event of the international cricket calendar and takes place every four years, with matches contested in a 50-over format. It’s going to be held from 14th February 2015 to 29th march 2015
Cricket “A wonderful game which attracts attention of the viewers and holds them until the game is completed” . This Eleven member team is really a team event because there are mainly three fields which collectively decide the destiny of the match and players also. One ball can change the result of the match.
The three fields are bowling, batting and fielding. If all the three are collectively fights for victory then only team gets the title .Depending upon only one field can win the matches randomly but that does not helps to win international tournaments like world cup.
- It is the One of the world’s largest international sports tournaments.
- There are 14 teams competing from different countries.
- This event is engaging around 20% of the world’s population.
- Most probably it will attract over 0ne billion audiences around the world.
- There are around 400 players and officials engaged
Champions from the beginning:
The first world cup was held in 1975 in England. In this winner is West Indies. The latest world cup was held in three countries Bangladesh, India and Srilanka. And the winner was India, Which going to take part in upcoming world cup as defending champions.
The 2015 world cup will be the 11th of the tournament. And this is going to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. These two countries united in 1992 to host jointly this tournament.
Here is the table which
|S.No||Year||Host Nation(s)||Final Venue||Winner||Runners-up|
|1||1975||England||Lord’s Cricket Ground, London||West Indies||Australia|
|2||1979||England||Lord’s Cricket Ground, London||West Indies||England|
|3||1983||England||Lord’s Cricket Ground, London||India||West Indies|
|4||1987||India & Pakistan||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||Australia||England|
|5||1992||Australia & New Zealand||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||Pakistan||England|
|6||1996||India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||Sri Lanka||Australia|
|7||1999||England||Lord’s Cricket Ground, London||Australia||Pakistan|
|8||2003||South Africa, Kenya & Zimbabwe||Wanderers, Johannesburg||Australia||India|
|9||2007||West Indies||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown||Australia||Sri Lanka|
|10||2011||Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||India||Sri Lanka|
|11||2015||Australia & New Zealand|
Details of the participating countries
England entered into final in 1979, 1987 and 1992.But England is still waiting to win an ICC Cricket World Cup title. There is a large number of population in both Australia and New Zealand who will support England .And A large number of people are travelling to watch this event which is called as ‘Barmy Army’. Barmy Army is a semi organized group of England cricket fans .This arranges touring parties for some of its members to follow England cricket team on overseas tours. With this strong support we can expect first title for this team in 2015.
South Africa was qualified for the first time in 1992.This team crossed knock out stages only in 2003.In all remaining events returned in knockout stages. They hope to win the upcoming event.
India was the winner of the 1983 ICC world cup .Captain Kapil Dev received this honor. After that India waited for 28 years to win another world cup. In 2003 Captain Saurav Ganguly made the team to win runner up trophy.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a miracle by winning consistently in league matches and in Final also by defeating Srilanka. And the same captain is roaring to take back the title as defending champion.
Australia is playing since 1979 in this event. This is team which won titles for four times. This is the team with largest number of world cups. As one of the hosting country, it has more chances to get the title.
Srilanka is playing this from the first event. It got title in 1996.It was entered in to the finals of 2007, and 2011.But unable to get the cup .This team was a semi finalist in 2003.Now looking forward to lift the title in 2015.
Pakistan won the title in 1992 Captain Imran Khan made the dreams of Pakistanis true. This went in to finals in 1999 but not able to lift the cup. Surprisingly Pakistan won the title when this event was previously held in Australia & New Zealand. Now Looking to lift in the same venue.
West Indies was champions of first two events consequently in 1975 and 1979, But after that this team crossed Knock out stage only in 1996 by reaching semifinals and in 2011 they left in quarter final.
Bangladesh quqlified for this event in 1999.Although it was not crossed knock out stage,but created history by defeating countries like India,South Africa.And its looking orward to show better performance in upcoming event.
New Zealand was semi finalist in last two consequent tournaments in 2007 and 2011, but unable to win. Now taking the advantage as one of the host country, It is trying to win the title.
Zimbabwe is playing since 1983 world cup. But it is unable to cross knock out stage still now. It is strong in fielding. It is hoping to get success in this upcoming event.
Afghanistan was qualified in to this event by ICC World cricket league championship. It defeated Kenya and finished second place. This is the first performance of Afghanistan. Lets sea and enjoy.
It’s the third event to participate for Ireland .In previous events. It defeated Pakistan and England .It again managed to get qualified through ICC World cricket league championship.
This Team previously qualified in 1999 and then 2007 and now again managed to qualify through ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014.Hope better luck for them.
United Arab Emirates:
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made it to the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1996.It recently even qualified for ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014. UAE finished second in the Super Sixstage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 to seal its place at the showpiece even
The above teams are divided in to two pools based on the Reliance ICC world rankings as on 31st Dec 2012
|England 1st||South Africa 2nd|
|Australia 4th||India 3rd|
|Srilanka 5th||Pakistan 6th|
|Bangladesh 8th||West Indies 7th|
|New Zealand 9th||Zimbabwe 10th|
|Afghanistan (Qualified Via Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.)||Ireland (Qualified Via Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.)|
|Scotland(Qualified Via ICC World Cricket Cup Qualifier 2014)||United Arab Emirates(Qualified Via ICC World Cricket Cup Qualifier 2014)|
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is contested by the 10 Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), together with four Associate and Affiliate Members that qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying program.
This qualifying program includes:
- Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship 2011-2013
- Pepsi ICC World Cricket League and
- ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014.
For tickets of league and knock out matches , please visit the official website of ICC world cup.