London : Cricket lovers as well worshipers are going to start their season’s love for their favourite game by staying hooked to their TV Screens as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will begin today. England is the host for this year’s World Cup event and will open the even a t the famed “Oval Stadium” in London when they will take on South Africa. The match will begin at 3 PM Indian Time.
Australia will launch their title defence on June 1 against the ICC World Cricket World Cup qualifier champions Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol.
India, the 1983 and 2011 world champions, will play their first match on June 5 against South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.
Their feature match against arch-rivals Pakistan will be one June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester.
The World Cup will span 48 matches in all, of which 45 will make up the group stage. Each team will play nine group stage matches, and the top four will progress to the semi finals, similar to how the 1992 World Cup was held.
For over the next 45 days, cricket lovers will be glued to contests at venues ranging from Lord’s to Edgbaston.
Having discarded the earlier practice of teams being split into two groups, the World Cup has embraced the round-robin league from where the top four in a field of 10 will battle it out in the final stretch culminating in the summit clash on July 14, It is a gripping format and ensures that whoever wins, can claim that the squad had competed against all teams.