2015 Cricket World Cup
|ICC Cricket World Cup 2015|
Official Logo of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
|Dates||February – March 2015|
|Administrator(s)||International Cricket Council|
|Cricket format||One Day International|
|Tournament format(s)||Round-robin and Knockout|
The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup,2 and will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand and is scheduled to take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015. 49 matches will be played in 14 venues with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney while New Zealand hosting 23 games in seven cities, including Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.3 The final of the tournament will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The hosting rights were awarded at the same time as those of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, which Australia and New Zealand had originally bid to host, and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was awarded to England.4 The 2011 tournament was awarded to the four Asian Test cricket playing countries, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, in a 10 to 3 vote (although no matches were played in Pakistan due to a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team). The International Cricket Council were sufficiently impressed with the trans-Tasman bid that it was decided to award the next World Cup to Australia and New Zealand.56
- 1 Host selection
- 2 Format
- 3 Qualification
- 4 Preparations
- 5 Venues
- 6 Group stage
- 7 Knockout stage
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The ICC originally announced the previous edition, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup hosts on 30 April 2006. Australian and New Zealand and also bid for the tournament and a successful Australasian bid for the 2011 World Cup would have seen a 50–50 split in games, with the final still up for negotiation. The Trans-Tasman bid, Beyond Boundaries, was the only bid for 2011 delivered to the ICC headquarters at Dubai before 1 March deadline. Considerable merits of the bid included the superior venues and infrastructure, and the total support of the Australian and New Zealand governments on tax and custom issues during the tournament, according to Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.7 The New Zealand government had also assured that the Zimbabwean team will be allowed to take part in the tournament after political discussions about whether their team would be allowed to tour Zimbabwe in 2005.citation needed
ICC President Ehsan Mani said that the extra time required by the Asian block to hand over its bid had harmed the four-nation bid. However, when it came to the voting, the Asians won by seven votes to four, which according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was the vote of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) hat turned the matter. It was reported in Pakistani newspaper Dawn that the Asian countries promised to hold fund-raising events for West Indian cricket during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, which may have influenced the vote.8 However, I.S. Bindra, chairman of the monitoring committee of the Asian bid denied that, saying that it was their promise of extra profits of US$400 million, that swung the vote in their way.citation needed
The ICC was so impressed by the efficiency of the Trans-Tasman bid, that they decided to award the very next World Cup, to be held in 2015, to them.citation needed
The 2015 World Cup will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015. Australia and New Zealand last jointly hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992. The 2015 World Cup is expected to be the largest international sporting event for both countries in 2015.9
The format is the same as the 2011 edition. Fourteen teams would take part in the initial stages, divided into two groups of seven. The seven teams play each other once before the top four teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The format ensures that each team gets to play a minimum of six matches even if they exit in the group stage.citation needed
Per ICC regulations, the 10 Test nations qualify for the tournament automatically. Immediately after the 2011 World Cup, it was decided that the next tournament would be reduced to 10 teams, allowing only the ICC's 10 full members to participate.12 This was met with heavy criticism from a number of associate nations, especially from the Ireland cricket team, who had performed well in 2007 and 2011. The ICC Cricket Committee voted in May 2011 to support the calls for a qualification process.13 During the ICC's annual conference in Hong Kong in June 2011, the ICC decided that 14 teams will participate in the 2015 World Cup. As a result, four Associate or Affiliate member nations will also participate in the competition.14 On 9 July 2013, as a result of a tied match against Netherlands, Ireland became the first country to qualify for the 2015 World Cup. On October 4th 2013 Afghanistan also qualified after beating Kenya seven wickets.15
At the ICC Chief Executives' Committee meeting in September 2011, the ICC decided on a new qualifying format. The top two teams of the 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day will qualify for the 2015 World Cup, with the remaining six teams joining the third and fourth-placed teams of 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Two and the top two teams of 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in a ten-team World Cup Qualifier to decide the remaining two places. The date and venue of the final qualifying event is yet to be decided.1617
While the ICC World Cricket League 2011-13 will be held on a home and away basis, the ICC has decided to hold the 2014 World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, Scotland relinquishing the opportunity. In another promising sign, the ICC re-branded the Intercontinental Cup One-Day and renamed the tournament the ICC World Cricket League ODI Championship.18
The tournament will consist of the following 14 teams divided into two pools:
|Group A||Group B|
|13||Qualifier 3||14||Qualifier 4|
Full members' ranks are based on ICC ODI world rankings as of 31 December, 2012.
As preparations for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the organising committee of the tournament was finalised. John Harnden was named chief executive,19 James Strong named as chairman,20 and Ralph Waters was named as the deputy chairman.21
The World Cup has grown as a media event with each tournament. The International Cricket Council has sold the rights for broadcasting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup for US$2 billion to ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket. The event has a potential viewing audience of 953 million people, with some 800 million of those in Asia alone. According to Strong, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) wants to make the tournament the most fan-friendly event of its kind and take cricket to a wide range of communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.22
When Australia and New Zealand bid for the 2011 Cricket World Cup in 2006, they said that it will see a 50–50 split in games. Finally, it was decided on 30 July 2013 that Australia would host 26 matches, while New Zealand got a share of 23 matches in the tournament. There was a tense battle between Melbourne and Sydney to host the final.23 However on 30 July 2013, it was announced that Melbourne will host the final, with Sydney and Auckland hosting the semi-finals.24
In the light of severalwhich? spot fixing scandals, the ICC would work with law enforcement agencies in both countries to avoid the World Cup being afflicted by such scandals, according to Chief Executive David Richardson.25
|Sydney, NSW||Melbourne, VIC||Adelaide, SA||Brisbane, QLD||Perth, WA|
|Sydney Cricket Ground||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Adelaide Oval||Brisbane Cricket Ground||WACA Ground|
|Capacity: 48,000 (upgraded)||Capacity: 100,016||Capacity: 53,500 (upgraded)||Capacity: 42,000||Capacity: 24,500|
|Bellerive Oval||Manuka Oval|
|Capacity: 20,000 (upgraded)||Capacity: 13,550|
|Eden Park||Hagley Oval|
|Capacity: 60,000||Capacity: 12,000|
|Seddon Park||McLean Park||Wellington Regional Stadium||Saxton Oval||University Oval|
|Capacity: 12,000||Capacity: 20,000||Capacity: 33,000||Capacity: 5,000||Capacity: 6,000|
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- "Fixtures 2015 CWC". 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Launched
- Next two world cups will be 10-team events
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- "Asia to host 2011 World Cup". ESPNcricinfo (ESPN EMEA). 30 April 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Asia promises spectacular World Cup". Dawn. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2005.
- "ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - Australia and New Zealand | Official Website". Cricketworldcup.com. Retrieved 30 July 2013.unreliable source?
- Nayar, K.R. (29 June 2011). "International Cricket Council approves 14-team cup". Gulf News. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "ICC reinstates associates for 2015 Cricket World Cup".unreliable source?
- "ICC news: ICC confirms 10 teams for next two World Cups". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- Irish handed further World Cup boost after ICC meeting
- "ICC annual conference: Associates included in 2015 World Cup". ESPNcricinfo. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Ireland become first team to qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.". Independent.ie. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "Results of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee meeting in London". 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- "ICC spells out 2015 WC qualification plan". ESPNcricinfo. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- ICC rebrands 50-Over League as the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship ICC Website. Retrieved 12 February 2012
- John Harnden announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 CEO ICC Official Website. Retrieved 26 January 2012
- James Strong announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Chairman ICC Official Website. Retrieved 26 January 2012
- Ralph Waters announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Deputy Chairman ICC Official Website. Retrieved 26 January 2012
- Prime Ministers Gillard and Key open innings for CWC2015 ICC Official Website. Retrieved 28 January 2012
- Warner, Michael (14 June 2012). "Melbourne and Sydney will jostle for the right to host the final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Australia). Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "ICC World Cup 2015 : World Cup final returns to Melbourne". ESPNcricinfo (ESPN EMEA). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.