Cricket World Cup History

Prudential World Cup (in England) 1975

The 1975 Cricket World Cup (officially called the Prudential Cup ’75) was the inaugural men’s Cricket
World Cup, and the first major tournament in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket.
Organised by the International Cricket Conference (ICC), it took place in England between 7 June and
21 June 1975.The tournament was sponsored by Prudential Assurance Company and had eight
participating countries: the six Test-playing teams of the time – Australia, England, India, New Zealand,
Pakistan, the West Indies – and the two leading Associate nations at the time – Sri Lanka and East
Africa. England and New Zealand finished as the top two teams in Group A, while the West Indies
finished top of the Group B table ahead of Australia as the four teams qualified through to the semi-finals.
After Australia defeated England and the West Indies defeated New Zealand in the semi-finals, the West
Indies which came into the tournament as favourites, defeated Australia in the final at Lord’s by 17 runs
to become the first World Cup winners.

Prudential World Cup (in England) 1979

The 1979 Cricket World Cup (officially called the Prudential Cup ’79) was the second edition of the
Cricket World Cup. Organised by the International Cricket Conference, it was held in England from 9 to
23 June 1979.England joined first-time semi-finalists Pakistan as the qualifiers from Group A, while the
West Indies finished top of Group B ahead of New Zealand. After the West Indies and England both won
their semi-finals over Pakistan and New Zealand respectively, they met in the final at Lord’s with the
West Indies defending their title from four years earlier with a 92 run victory 2nd time World Cup winners.

Prudential World Cup (in England) 1983

The 1983 Cricket World Cup (officially the Prudential Cup ’83) was the 3rd edition of the Cricket World
Cup tournament. It was held from 9 to 25 June 1983 in England and Wales and was won by India. Eight
countries participated in the event. England, India, Pakistan and West Indies qualified for the semi-finals.

Reliance World Cup (in India/Pakistan) 1987/88

The 1987 Cricket World Cup (officially known as the Reliance Cup 1987 for sponsorship reasons) was
the fourth Cricket World Cup. It was held from 8 October to 8 November 1987 in India and Pakistan – the

first such tournament to be held outside England. The one-day format was unchanged from the eight-
team 1983 event except for a reduction in the number of overs a team played from 60 to 50, the current

standard for all ODIs.The competition was won, for the first time, by Australia who defeated their arch-
rivals England by seven runs in the second-most closely fought World Cup final to date in Kolkata’s Eden

Gardens stadium. The two host nations, India and Pakistan failed to reach the final.

Benson & Hedges World Cup (in Australia/New Zealand) 1991/92

The 1992 Cricket World Cup (officially the Benson & Hedges World Cup 1992) was the fifth staging of
the Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held in Australia and
New Zealand from 22 February to 25 March 1992, and finished with Pakistan beating England by 22
runs in the final to become the World Cup champions for the first time.The 1992 World Cup was the first
to feature coloured player clothing, white cricket balls and black sight screens, with a number of matches
being played under floodlights.

Wills World Cup (in India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka) 1995/96

The 1996 Cricket World Cup, also called the Wills World Cup 1996 after the Wills Navy Cut brand
produced by tournament sponsor ITC, was the sixth Cricket World Cup organised by the International
Cricket Council (ICC). It was the second World Cup to be hosted by Pakistan and India (who had also
hosted the 1987 Cricket World Cup) but Sri Lanka were hosts for the first time. The tournament was won
by Sri Lanka, who defeated Australia by seven wickets in the final on 17 March 1996 at the Gaddafi
Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan.The World Cup was played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India hosted
17 matches at 17 different venues, while Pakistan hosted 16 matches at 6 venues and Sri Lanka hosted
4 matches at 3 venues.

ICC World Cup (in England/Ireland/Netherlands/Scotland) 1999

The 1999 Cricket World Cup (officially known as ICC Cricket World Cup ’99) was the seventh edition of
the Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was hosted primarily by
England, with Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Netherlands acting as co-hosts. The tournament was
won by Australia, who beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in the final at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. New
Zealand and South Africa were the other semi-finalists. It featured 12 teams, playing a total of 42
matches. In the group stage, the teams were divided into two groups of six; each team played all the
others in their group once. The top three teams from each group advanced to the Super Sixes, a new
concept for the 1999 World Cup.

ICC World Cup (in Kenya/South Africa/Zimbabwe) 2002/03

The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was the eighth Cricket World Cup, organised by the International
Cricket Council (ICC). It was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 9 February to 23
March 2003. This edition of the World Cup was the first to be played in Africa.The tournament was
eventually won by Australia who won all 11 of their matches, beating India in the final played at the
Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.Pakistani player Shoaib Akhtar also set a world record, becoming
the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a record top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a
pool match against England.

ICC World Cup (in West Indies) 2006/07

The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was the ninth Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket
Council (ICC). It was co-hosted by West Indies.The 2007 World Cup, the ninth of its kind, begins on 13
March and continues until 28 April. 16 teams will take part, as six non-Test nations join the fray. The
teams will play in four groups of four, where the top two teams qualify for the Super Eight stage, played
as a round-robin. The top four teams then make it through to the semi-finals. Australia and Sirilanka play
the Final Match. 42nd Match, Super Eights, Bridgetown, April 15, 2007, ICC World Cup. Australia won by
7 wickets (with 44 balls remaining)

ICC Cricket World Cup (in Bangladesh/India/Sri Lanka) 2010/11

The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was the tenth Cricket World Cup. It was played in India, Sri Lanka, and
for the first time in Bangladesh. India won the tournament, defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final at
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, thus becoming the first country to win the Cricket World Cup final on
home soil.This was the first time in World Cup history that two Asian teams had appeared in the final.

ICC Cricket World Cup (in Australia/New Zealand) 2014/15

The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup was the 11th Cricket World Cup, a quadrennial One Day International
(ODI) cricket tournament contested by men’s national teams and organised by the International Cricket
Council (ICC). It was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015,
and was won by Australia. This was the second time the tournament was held in Australia and New
Zealand, the first having been the 1992 Cricket World Cup. The final was between the co-hosts Australia
and New Zealand. Australia won by seven wickets, to win their fifth Cricket World Cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup (in England) 2019

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup was the 12th Cricket World Cup, a quadrennial One Day International
(ODI) cricket tournament contested by men’s national teams and organised by the International Cricket
Council (ICC). It was hosted between 30 May and 14 July across 10 venues in England and a single
venue in Wales with the tournament being the fifth time that England had hosted the World Cup while for
Wales it was their third.England and New Zealand won their respective semi-finals to qualify for the final,
which was played at Lord’s in London. The final ended in a tie after the match ended with both teams
scoring 241 runs, followed by the first Super Over in an ODI; England won the title, their first, on the
boundary countback rule after the Super Over also finished level. The total attendance throughout the
2019 ICC Cricket World Cup was 752,000.

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