There are much excitement and fanfare spanning across the globe for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. This year’s World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales from May 30 through July 14. This is the 12th l tournament being held by the International Cricket Council. The tournament is held every four years. This is the fifth time that the World Cup is being held in England and Wales. The last time the tournament was played there was 1999.
This year’s World Cup features 10 teams. In past years, there have been as many as 14 teams. Matches will be played throughout England and Wales, and are expected to attract large crowds from around the world, says Gaurav Mohindra. It is scheduled for matches to be played in Birmingham, Bristol, London (Lord’s), London (The Oval), Manchester, Cardiff, Chester-le-Street, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton, and Taunton.
The teams participating in this year’s World Cup are England, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia, and West Indies. England was never won the World Cup, yet many oddsmakers are considering the home team to be the favorite this year, says Gaurav Mohindra. England has earned a 2nd place finish on three past occasions of World Cup Tournament play. They’re most recently 2nd place finish happened to be in 1979 when they were hosting the tournament.
While the winner of the World Cup certainly earns bragging rights, there is also a considerable monetary prize in place. The World Cup winning team gets $4,000,000. The 2nd place runner-up team gets $2,000,000. The semi-finalists each get $800,000. Each league winner gets $40,000. All teams that do not pass the league stage earn $100,000. There is a total of $10,000,000 in prize money distributed amongst the teams.
While the prize money may seem impressive, it’s a pittance compared to what the ICC earns in broadcasting rights, says Gaurav Mohindra. The World Cup is a global event that will broadcast around the world. Many countries will be able to access the matches vis Fox Sports (Australia), Hotstar (Europe), ESPN (Carribean Islands), Star Sports (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives), Digicel (Oceania), Sky Sport (New Zealand), Willow TV (USA, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands).
While Cricket is not a very popular sport in the US, there will be many fans watching the World Cup throughout Chicago. Chicago has a large and diverse population including many immigrants from countries where Cricket is popular. It’s always exciting to see fans root for their teams throughout the city.