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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
2015 Cricket World Cup logo
Administrator International Cricket Council
Cricket Format One Day International
Tournament Format Round-robin and Knockout
Hosts Flag of Australia Australia
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Champions
Participants 14
Matches Played
Most runs
Most wickets
Official website CricketWorldCup.com
  2011
2019  

The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup, 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. 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. 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.

Host selection

Bids

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Format

The tournament will feature 14 teams, the same number as the 2011 World Cup, giving associate and affiliate member nations a chance to participate.

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.

Qualification

Main article: 2011–13 ICC World Cricket League Championship

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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

While the ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day will be held on a home and away basis, the ICC has decided to hold the 2013 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland. In another promising sign, the ICC re-branded the Intercontinental Cup One-Day and renamed the tournament the ICC World Cricket League ODI Championship.

The tournament will consist of the following 14 teams divided into two pools:

Group A Group B
Rank Team Rank Team
Full Members
3Flag of England England 5Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
2Flag of Australia Australia 1Flag of India India
4Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 6Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
9Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 8Flag of West Indies West Indies
7Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 10Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Associate Members
12Qualifier 2 11Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
13Qualifier 3 14Qualifier 4

Preparations

Local organising committee

As preparations for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the organising committee of the tournament was finalised. John Harnden was named chief executive, James Strong named as chairman, and Ralph Waters was named as the deputy chairman.

Media and promotion

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.

Allocation of matches

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. However on 30 July 2013, it was announced that Melbourne will host the final, with Sydney and Auckland hosting the semi-finals.

Corruption issues

In the light of several 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.

Venues

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
Ashes 2010-11 Sydney Test final wicket MCG stadium Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand Australia vs South Africa 3rd Test, Perth, 15Dec2006
Hobart, TAS Canberra, ACT
Bellerive Oval Manuka Oval
Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 13,550
Bellerive oval hobart Manuka Oval
Auckland Christchurch
Eden Park Hagley Oval
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 12,000
Australia vs. New Zealand
Hamilton Napier Wellington Nelson Dunedin
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
Waikato cricket ground Westpac Stadium Cricket luving Crowd New Zealand vs Pakistan, University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand

Group stage

Pool A

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
Flag of England England
Flag of Australia Australia
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
Qualifier 3


14 February
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Match 1
Hagley Oval, Christchurch

14 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of England England
Match 2
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

17 February
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Match 6
University Oval, Dunedin

18 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
Match 7
Manuka Oval, Canberra

20 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of England England
Match 9
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

21 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
Match 11
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane

22 February
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
Match 12
University Oval, Dunedin

23 February
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Match 14
Hagley Oval, Christchurch

26 February
Scorecard
Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Match 17
University Oval, Dunedin

26 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Match 18
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

28 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of Australia Australia
Match 20
Eden Park, Auckland

1 March
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Match 22
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

4 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
Match 26
WACA Ground, Perth

5 March
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Match 27
Saxton Oval, Nelson

8 March
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
Match 31
McLean Park, Napier

8 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Match 32
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

9 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
Match 33
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

11 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Match 35
Bellerive Oval, Hobart

13 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
Match 37
Seddon Park, Hamilton

13 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
Match 38
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

14 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Match 40
Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Pool B

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Flag of India India
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Flag of West Indies West Indies
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
Qualifier 4


15 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Match 3
Seddon Park, Hamilton

15 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of India India
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Match 4
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

16 February
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
Match 5
Saxton Oval, Nelson

19 February
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
v Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates
Match 8
Saxton Oval, Nelson

21 February
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
Match 10
Hagley Oval, Christchurch

22 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of India India
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Match 13
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

24 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Match 15
Manuka Oval, Canberra

25 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
v Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates
Match 16
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane

27 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
Match 19
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

28 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of India India
v Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates
Match 21
WACA Ground, Perth

1 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Match 23
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane

3 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Match 24
Manuka Oval, Canberra

4 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
v Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates
Match 25
McLean Park, Napier

6 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of India India
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
Match 28
WACA Ground, Perth

7 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Match 29
Eden Park, Auckland

7 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Match 30
Bellerive Oval, Hobart

10 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of India India
v Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
Match 34
Seddon Park, Hamilton

12 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates
Match 36
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

14 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of India India
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Match 39
Eden Park, Auckland

15 March
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
v Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates
Match 41
McLean Park, Napier

15 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Match 42
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                         
A1    
B4    
     
     
B1  
A4    
     
   
A2    
B3    
   
     
B2  
A3    


Quarter-finals

18 March (D/N)
Scorecard
A1
v B4
1st Quarter-Final
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

19 March (D/N)
Scorecard
A2
v B3
2nd Quarter-Final
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

20 March (D/N)
Scorecard
A3
v B2
3rd Quarter-Final
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

21 March (D/N)
Scorecard
A4
v B1
4th Quarter-Final
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Semi-finals

24 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Winner of 1st Quarter-Final
v Winner of 4th Quarter-Final
1st Semi-Final
Eden Park, Auckland

26 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Winner of 2nd Quarter-Final
v Winner of 3rd Quarter-Final
2nd Semi-Final
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Final

29 March (D/N)
Scorecard
Winners of semi-final 1
v Winners of semi-final 2
Final
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

See also

External links

Cricket World Cup
Tournaments

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Finals

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Squads

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Qualification

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