Cricket World Cup Facts
The Cricket World Cup is held every four years and is entirely organized by the International Cricket Council or initialized as ICC. This cup is more or so a showpiece event of the cricket calendar as per the ICC site.
It was in 1975 in England that the first and foremost Cricket World Cup was held. The tenth match will be hosted by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. The Indian sub-continent is also working hard to make the 2011 Cricket World Cup a vast success. In 2007, around 16 teams had entered the Cricket World Cup, with the largest number of teams ever in the history of this tournament. The teams are split in two groups of eight or four groups of four teams. They compete with each other in a group A against group B kind of competition. Then, the top four teams from each of the group will go ahead to the next round and play in the semi-finals in the “super-eights”.
The Qualification Process
There are 14 teams that would participate in the Cricket World Cup under the present system. They include around ten ICC test playing nations, which are from across the world. These include Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Along with this team, there are four teams that are advancing from the ICC World Cup qualifier. These four teams which will advance from the 2009 qualifier in South Africa were Kenya, the Netherlands, Canada and Ireland. Also, the format of the matches is contested in a fifty over per side.
The Australia team is the only participant who have won three successive titles in 1999, 2003 and in 2007 respectively. They have also won four total Cricket World Cup’s along with their successive victory in 1987. On the other hand, the West Indies has won twice, which is in 1975 and in 1979. India and Pakistan has won the title in 1983 and in 1992 respectively. Sri Lanka won the series in 1996.
The Asian subcontinent will be hosting the 2011 CWC, with India being the site of 29 of the 49 matches along with the final match. Sri Lanka team will be hosting 12 matches with Bangladesh hosting eight of the matches. In 2011, this will mark the 10th time that the tournament will be played.
Women’s World Cup
Since 1973, the Women’s World Cup of Cricket series has been played 9 times. The next match will be set for 2013. The Australian team has won five titles, with the Britain having three and New Zealand wining one.
The probable venues
If one need to know some of the venues that were and would be used for the tenth World Cup, then some of them include the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmadabad, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the Sinhalese Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka and many more.
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