2015 Cricket World Cup

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
2015 Cricket World Cup logo.png
Official Logo of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Dates4 October – 17 December
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International
Tournament format(s)Round robin and Knockout
Host(s)

 Australia

 New Zealand
Participants14[1]
Official websiteICC Cricket World Cup 2015
2011
2019
 
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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
2015 Cricket World Cup logo.png
Official Logo of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Dates4 October – 17 December
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International
Tournament format(s)Round robin and Knockout
Host(s)

 Australia

 New Zealand
Participants14[1]
Official websiteICC Cricket World Cup 2015
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. The location of the games will be evenly split, with the location of the final yet to be decided.

The hosting rights were awarded at the same time as those of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, which New Zealand and Australia had originally bid to host, and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was awarded to England.[2] 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 Pakistan subsequently lost its hosting rights due to a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka 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.[3][4]

The ICC unveiled the logo of the 2015 World Cup after the final of the 2011 World Cup on 2 April 2011.[5]

Contents

Host selection

Bids

The ICC originally announced the previous edition, the 2011 Cricket World Cup hosts on 30 April 2006. Australia and New Zealand 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.[6] The New Zealand government had also assured that the Zimbabwean cricket 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, was the vote of the West Indies Cricket Board that 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 World Cup, which may have influenced the vote.[7] 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$400million, 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.

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.[8][9]

The format is the same as the 2011 edition. Fourteen teams would take part in the initial stages, divided into two groups of 7. The 7 teams play each other once before the top 4 teams from each group qualifies for the quarter-finals. The format ensures that a team gets to play a minimum of 6 matches even if they exit in the group stage.

Qualification

As per ICC regulations, ten Test playing nations will qualify automatically for the tournament. Four associate or affiliate member nations will participate in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.[10] Immediately after the 2011 edition of the tournament it was decided that the next World Cup would be reduced to 10 teams, allowing only the ICC's 10 full members to participate.[11] This was met with heavy criticism from a number of associate nations, especially from the Ireland 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.[12] 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, opening up four qualifying places.

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.[13][14]

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 it the ICC World Cricket League ODI Championship.[15]

The tournament will consist of the following 14 teams:

Full Members
 Australia Bangladesh
 England India
 New Zealand Pakistan
 South Africa Sri Lanka
 West Indies Zimbabwe
Associate/Affiliate Members
From 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day
From 2013 Cricket World Cup Qualifier

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,[16] James Strong named as chairman,[17] and Ralph Waters was named as the deputy chairman.[18]

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.[19]

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 with the final still up for negotiation.However the battle between Melbourne and Sydney has already begun to host the final.[20] However, the 2011 World Cup was awarded to Asia and the Trans-Tasman bid got the 2015 World Cup. The same aforementioned distribution of games will apply in 2015.

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ "ICC annual conference: Associates included in 2015 World Cup | Cricket News | Cricinfo ICC Site". ESPN Cricinfo. 1 January 1970. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/521049.html. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Next two world cups will be 10-team events". http://iccworld-cup2011.blogspot.com/2011/04/next-two-world-cups-will-be-10-team.html. 
  3. ^ "Boards 'disappointed' with 2011 World Cup snub". Cricinfo. 30 April 2006. http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/245809.html. 
  4. ^ "Asia to host 2011 World Cup". Cricinfo. 30 April 2006. http://content-nz.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/245789.html. 
  5. ^ ICC unveils logo for next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 Cricinfo. 28 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Asia to host 2011 World Cup". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 16 May 2006. http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/245789.html. Retrieved 30 April 2006. 
  7. ^ "Asia promises spectacular World Cup". Dawn. http://www.dawn.com/2006/05/02/spt1.htm. Retrieved 2 May 2005. 
  8. ^ Nayar, K.R. (29 June 2011). "International Cricket Council approves 14-team cup". Gulf News. http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/international-cricket-council-approves-14-team-cup-1.829620. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "ICC reinstates associates for 2015 Cricket World Cup". http://www.cricketworldcup2015.org/icc-reinstates-associates-for-2015-cricket-world-cup.html. 
  10. ^ "ICC annual conference: Associates included in 2015 World Cup | Cricket News | Cricinfo ICC Site". ESPN Cricinfo. 1 January 1970. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/current/story/521049.html. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "ICC news: ICC confirms 10 teams for next two World Cups | Cricket News | Cricinfo ICC Site". ESPN Cricinfo. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/509530.html. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Irish handed further World Cup boost after ICC meeting
  13. ^ "Results of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee meeting in London". 12 September 2011. http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/newsdetails.php?newsId=17042_1315836720. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "ICC spells out 2015 WC qualification plan". ESPNcricinfo. 11 October 2011. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/current/story/535977.html. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  15. ^ ICC rebrands 50-Over League as the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship ICC Website. Retrieved 12 February 2012
  16. ^ John Harnden announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 CEO ICC Official Website. Retrieved 26 January 2012
  17. ^ James Strong announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Chairman ICC Official Website. Retrieved 26 January 2012
  18. ^ Ralph Waters announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Deputy Chairman ICC Official Website. Retrieved 26 January 2012
  19. ^ Prime Ministers Gillard and Key open innings for CWC2015 ICC Official Website. Retrieved 28 January 2012
  20. ^ "Melbourne and Sydney will jostle for the right to host the final of the 2015 ICC Cricket". 14 June 2012. http://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/melbourne-and-sydney-will-jostle-for-the-right-to-host-the-final-of-the-2015-icc-cricket-world-cup/story-e6frf3g3-1226395429490. 

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