The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be hosted by England and Wales, from 30 May
to 15 July 2019. This will be the 12th Cricket World Cup competition, and the fifth time it will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.
The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after
England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the
2015 Cricket World Cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand.
The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord’s.
The 10-team-tournament has gained much criticism due to the lack of associate teams in
the tournament, but as of June 2015, the ICC look to be keeping the competition at
just 10 teams.
Australia are the defending champions
The 2019 World Cup will feature 10 teams, a significant decrease from previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 teams. The hosts England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC rankings (comprising the ten full members and two associate members), as on 30 September 2017, will earn automatic qualification with the remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh. This means that ICC Associate and Affiliate members, which had previously been guaranteed four spots through the Qualifier, can be represented by at most two teams and possibly none at all if they are beaten by Full Members in the Qualifier