Most awaited event for Cricket lovers, ICC ODI World Cup will start on February 14, 2015. ICC ODI World Cup 2015 will be the 11th World Cup, hosted by two countries New Zealand and Australia. Out of 49 World Cup matches Australia will hosts 26 matches which will be played in seven grounds including Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne while 23 games will be played in seven New Zealand grounds in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Dunedin. Finally, War for Champion (final) will be fought at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Fourteen teams will compete to hold the trophy of one of the world’s largest international sports event. More than 400 accredited players, and officials will show their presence in the One Day International format. Fourteen teams divided into two pools; each contains seven teams respectively. Tournament proceeds selection for one team who will become Champion in two formats – Round-robin and Knockout. According to Round-robin format, each competitor meets all other opponents in turn, and top two teams from each pool will get into semi-finals. For Semi-finals and final, Knockout system is used in which losing team will eliminate and at last one team with exceptional performances will get the prestigious title.

India won the World Cup title in 2011, when it was hosted in India, beating Sri Lanka in the finals. World Cup 2015 will follow the format similar to World Cup 2011. Fourteen teams including associate and affiliate member nations will get the chance to participate in this World Cup.  They are divided into two pools; the seven teams fight each other once before the top four squad from each pool fight in quarter-finals. Present format makes certain that each team can fight with other teams and play at least six matches till they disqualify in the group stage.

And guess what, prize money has been increased by 20% as compared to last World Cup by ICC (International Cricket Council). They have announced a total prize money of $10 million for the whole event. The prize money will be awarded according to the team’s performance as follows: –

Stage

Prize Money Total

(US$)

(Rs.) (US$) (Rs.)
Winner $3,975,000 24,52,17,639.14 $3,975,000

24,52,17,639.14

Runner-up

$1,750,000 10,79,57,451.19 $1,750,000

10,79,57,451.19

Losing semi-finalists $600,000 3,70,13,983.27 $1,200,000

7,40,27,966.53

Losing quarter-finalists

$300,000 1,85,06,991.63 $1,200,000

7,40,27,966.53

Winner of each group match

$45,000 27,76,048.74 $1,890,000 11,65,94,047.29
Teams eliminated in the group stage $35,000 21,59,149.02 $210,000

1,29,54,894.14

Total

$10,225,000

63,07,79,964.82

 

The ten ICC full member countries participate in the event directly as per ICC regulations. However, ICC declared that the next World Cup would be cut down only to feature the 10 ICC full member after the completion of World Cup 2011. This decision was criticized heavily by a number of associate nations, particularly from the Ireland cricket team, who had showed their decent performance in 2007 and 2011. However, in June 2011, ICC changed their mind and changed their decision with the support of ICC Cricket Committee for a qualification system. They decided to proceed their tournament with the ten leading member nations and four associate member nations. For a selection of four associate member nations, minor tournament named as Cricket World Cup Qualifier hosted by New Zealand was organised on January 13, 2014. Scotland won their 2nd title and qualified for World Cup 2015 along with United Arab Emirates (defeated in final), Afghanistan and Ireland.

Team who qualified for World Cup 2015 is listed as: –

Team Qualifications
England Full Member
South Africa
India
Australia
Sri Lanka
Pakistan
West Indies
Bangladesh
New Zealand
Zimbabwe
Ireland World Cup LeagueChampionship
Afghanistan
Scotland World CupQualifier
United Arab Emirates

John Harden was appointed as chief executive, James Strong as Chairman, and Ralph waters as deputy chairman of the organizing committee for the preparation of World Cup’15. The World Cup has increased a media event with each match. The ICC has provided the rights for broadcasting the 2015 World Cup for US$2 billion to Star Sports Cricket and ESPN Star Sports. According to report, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) desires to make the event most fan-friendly and wants to spread cricket to a wide range of groups and communities through Australia and New Zealand. Commercial Partners for this great tournament are Reliance, LG, Pepsi, Emirates, Reebok, Castrol, MoneyGram, and Hyundai. 

On July 30, 2013, ICC announced that Australia will host 26 games while New Zealand will host 23 Matches in the World Cup’15. On the same date, a tense battle for host of the final match between Melbourne and Sydney came to an end when ICC declared that Melbourne will get the final game to host and Semi-finals will be played in Sydney and Auckland.

Venue

Ground City

Capacity

Sydney

Sydney Cricket Ground Australia 48,000 (upgraded)
Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground

100,024

Adelaide

Adelaide Oval 53,000 (upgraded)
Brisbane The Gabba

42,000

Perth

WACA Ground 24,500
Canberra, ACT Manuka Oval

13,550

Hobart, TAS

Bellerive Oval 20,000(upgraded)
Christchurch Hagley Oval New Zealand

20,000

Dunedin

University Oval 6,000

Nelson

Saxton Oval

5,000

Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium

33,000

Napier

McLean Park 20,000
Hamilton Seddon Park

12,000

Auckland

Eden Park

46,000

 

A total 42 matches will be played during the group stage in which four teams will be able to qualify for quarterfinals. After that, Knockout stage will take place in Quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Pool A Pool B
England South Africa
Australia India
Sri Lanka Pakistan
Bangladesh West Indies
New Zealand Zimbabwe
Afghanistan Ireland
Scotland United Arab Emirates

Finally, it is time for the cricketers of new generation to establish themselves, and it will be a memorable occasion for all people. All the teams desire to win the title. India, World Champion 2011 will want to defend their title. After all they had been in a good form in a recent series played against West Indies and Sri Lanka. Indian team hunted down Sri Lanka by 5-0 with excellent performances in all departments. India also defeated West Indies by 3-0 in four ODIs as West Indies returned to their home in between the series. Indian Cricket Fans will be glad to see India in sublime form in World Cup’15. However, India won these matches in their home ground where they are toughest team to beat. Australia tour of India will help them to prepare for World Cup. This series will make the platform for them as World Cup is scheduled in Australia which will help in adapting the conditions of the Australian pitches. Significant negative factor for World Cup 2011 was online tickets process. Tickets were sold by a website made by KyaZoonga, third-party ticketing agency, their server wasn’t able to sustain the huge inrush of people eager to pre-book their seat for desired matches and crashed on a regular basis. Moreover, tickets were not delivered to fans when they were able to buy tickets. KyaZoonga could not be darned alone. For this, Association for ticket printing was also to blame due their slow delivery of tickets and this lead to huge disappointment for cricket fans. In the end, ICC took control directly on the ticketing process and admitted the mistake to be more responsible to the fans. Now this year, ICC followed simple and direct way to book a ticket for any match. Fans have to surf the official site of ICC and click on “Book Online Ticket”. After that, they have to follow the steps seen on the site and Bingo! ticket is booked. And another great News for Cricket fans, they will not have to make visa for both countries differently. Visa for both countries are made available for World Cup, thus, one can travel in Australia and New Zealand using one visa. Tickets for famous rivals India vs. Pakistan match of pool B were finished within 12 minutes, that is planned on February 15, 2015.

Time-Table for World Cup 2015
Date Details Time Venue
GMT IST Ground City
Feb 14 – Sat Australia v England, 2nd Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne
Feb 14 – Sat New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Match, Pool A 22:00
Feb 13
03:30
(Feb 14)
Hagley Oval Christchurch
Feb 15 – Sun South Africa v Zimbabwe, 3rd Match, Pool B 01:00 06:30 Seddon Park Hamilton
Feb 15 – Sun India v Pakistan, 4th Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Adelaide Oval Adelaide
Feb 16 – Mon Ireland v West Indies, 5th Match, Pool B 22:00
Feb 15
03:30
(Feb 16)
Saxton Oval Nelson
Feb 17 – Tue New Zealand v Scotland, 6th Match, Pool A 22:00
Feb 16
03:30
(Feb 17)
University Oval Dunedin
Feb 18 – Wed Bangladesh v Afghanistan, 7th Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Manuka Oval Canberra
Feb 19 – Thu United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe, 8th Match, Pool B 22:00
Feb 18
03:30
(Feb 19)
Saxton Oval Nelson
Feb 20 – Fri New Zealand v England, 9th Match, Pool A 01:00 06:30 Westpac Stadium Wellington
Feb 21 – Sat Australia v Bangladesh, 11th Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Brisbane Cricket Ground Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Feb 21 – Sat Pakistan v West Indies, 10th Match, Pool B 22:00
Feb 20
03:30
(Feb 21)
Hagley Oval Christchurch
Feb 22 – Sun India v South Africa, 13th Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne
Feb 22 – Sun Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, 12th Match, Pool A 22:00
Feb 21
03:30
(Feb 22)
University Oval Dunedin
Feb 23 – Mon England v Scotland, 14th Match, Pool A 22:00
Feb 22
03:30
(Feb 23)
Hagley Oval Christchurch
Feb 24 – Tue West Indies v Zimbabwe, 15th Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Manuka Oval Canberra
Feb 25 – Wed Ireland v United Arab Emirates, 16th Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Brisbane Cricket Ground Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Feb 26 – Thu Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 18th Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne
Feb 26 – Thu Afghanistan v Scotland, 17th Match, Pool A 22:00
Feb 25
03:30
(Feb 26)
University Oval Dunedin
Feb 27 – Fri South Africa v West Indies, 19th Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney
Feb 28 – Sat New Zealand v Australia, 21st Match, Pool A 01:00 06:30 Eden Park Auckland
Feb 28 – Sat India v United Arab Emirates, 20th Match, Pool B 06:30 12:00 W.A.C.A. Ground Perth
Mar 01 – Sun Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 23rd Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Brisbane Cricket Ground Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Mar 01 – Sun England v Sri Lanka, 22nd Match, Pool A 22:00
Feb 28
03:30
(Mar 1)
Westpac Stadium Wellington
Mar 03 – Tue Ireland v South Africa, 24th Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Manuka Oval Canberra
Mar 04 – Wed Pakistan v United Arab Emirates, 25th Match, Pool B 01:00 06:30 McLean Park Napier
Mar 04 – Wed Australia v Afghanistan, 26th Match, Pool A 06:30 12:00 W.A.C.A. Ground Perth
Mar 05 – Thu Bangladesh v Scotland, 27th Match, Pool A 22:00
Mar 4
03:30
(Mar 5)
Saxton Oval Nelson
Mar 06 – Fri India v West Indies, 28th Match, Pool B 06:30 12:00 W.A.C.A. Ground Perth
Mar 07 – Sat Pakistan v South Africa, 29th Match, Pool B 01:00 06:30 Eden Park Auckland
Mar 07 – Sat Ireland v Zimbabwe, 30th Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Bellerive Oval Hobart
Mar 08 – Sun Australia v Sri Lanka, 32nd Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney
Mar 08 – Sun New Zealand v Afghanistan, 31st Match, Pool A 22:00
Mar 7
02:30
(Mar 8)
McLean Park Napier
Mar 09 – Mon England v Bangladesh, 33rd Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Adelaide Oval Adelaide
Mar 10 – Tue India v Ireland, 34th Match, Pool B 01:00 06:30 Seddon Park Hamilton
Mar 11 – Wed Sri Lanka v Scotland, 35th Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Bellerive Oval Hobart
Mar 12 – Thu South Africa v United Arab Emirates, 36th Match, Pool B 01:00 06:30 Westpac Stadium Wellington
Mar 13 – Fri New Zealand v Bangladesh, 37th Match, Pool A 01:00 06:30 Seddon Park Hamilton
Mar 13 – Fri Afghanistan v England, 38th Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney
Mar 14 – Sat India v Zimbabwe, 39th Match, Pool B 01:00 06:30 Eden Park Auckland
Mar 14 – Sat Australia v Scotland, 40th Match, Pool A 03:30 09:00 Bellerive Oval Hobart
Mar 15 – Sun Ireland v Pakistan, 42nd Match, Pool B 03:30 09:00 Adelaide Oval Adelaide
Mar 15 – Sun West Indies v United Arab Emirates, 41st Match, Pool B 22:00
Mar 14
03:30
(Mar 15)
McLean Park Napier
Mar 18 – Wed TBC v TBC, 1st Quarter-Final (A1 v B4) 03:30 09:00 Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney
Mar 19 – Thu TBC v TBC, 2nd Quarter-Final (A2 v B3) 03:30 09:00 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne
Mar 20 – Fri TBC v TBC, 3rd Quarter-Final (A3 v B2) 03:30 09:00 Adelaide Oval Adelaide
Mar 21 – Sat TBC v TBC, 4th Quarter-Final (A4 v B1) 01:00 06:30 Westpac Stadium Wellington
Mar 24 – Tue TBC v TBC, 1st Semi-Final 01:00 06:30 Eden Park Auckland
Mar 26 – Thu TBC v TBC, 2nd Semi-Final 03:30 09:00 Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney
Mar 29 – Sun TBC v TBC, Final 03:30 09:00 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne