The 2019 ICC England & Wales World Cup gets underway at the Oval in 297 days with England v South Africa on the 30th May and culminating on the 15th of July at Lord’s. The ICC have introduced a new ten-team format with 48 group games across 11 venues followed by 2 semi’s and a final at the home of cricket. Could there be a more fitting venue to enjoy the pinnacle of the sport?
England & Wales have waited 20 years for the privilege to host such an iconic event. Historically however this has not typically favoured the hosts as only twice has the trophy been lifted by a host nation. Nevertheless, this is an unmissable opportunity for hosting Cricket World Cup corporate hospitality without going far from home.
The Teams to Watch
A team full of explosive talent, the Proteas are always a force on the big stage, although the team has yet to taste success at a World Cup. South Africa have more 400+ totals (6) than any other nation so we wouldn’t bet against this group of players being there or thereabouts come Finals day. A question mark remains over their continued dominance having recently lost their talisman, AB de Villiers, whom they relied on so heavily.
Look out for the hard-hitting David Miller.
India’s teams have arguably benefited the most from the introduction of T20 cricket, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has long been the litmus test for any cricketer looking to prove their worth for the international stage. A star-studded squad with the ability to captivate and mesmerize opposition and fans alike, every time they step out on to the pitch. Led by Virat Kohli, the world’s best ODI batsman and one of fiercest competitors to cross the whitewash.
India’s man is K L Rahul, a destructive right hander with the ability to turn games in a matter of overs.
Since a woeful World Cup in South Africa three years ago, England’s ODI team have seen the greatest improvement. Trevor Baylis and Paul Farbrace have been instrumental in taking the team to the very top of ODI cricket. England have faced agonising defeats at the T20 finals in India at the hands of the West Indies, and against Pakistan in 2017 Champions Trophy in Cardiff. Led by the pugnacious Eoin Morgan and his explosive understudy Jos Butler, arguably the world’s best wicket keeper batsmen, can 2019 finally be the year that the squad fulfils its potential?
Jason Roy at the top of the order is one of the most gifted batsmen in world cricket, and a danger man for opposition teams.