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The Cricket World Cup is the biggest event on the international calendar. Played just once every four years, it features the leading teams in the game including Australia, England, South Africa, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka as they fight it out for the ultimate prize.
Last played in 2015 when the tournament was hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the two hosts squared off in the final of the tournament with Australia recording a famous victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The next instalment of the Cricket World Cup — the twelth — is due to be staged in the United Kingdom, with matches set to be played in both England and Wales.
The structure of the tournament has varied over the years, with as many as 16 teams (last seen in 2007) and as low as ten. This year’s tournament will be ten teams and has drawn criticism given there are now 12 Test playing nations.
Australia are the most successful team in Cricket World Cup history, winning five of the 11 tournaments. India and the West Indies have won two a piece, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the other teams with victories.
|1983||England, Wales||India||West Indies|
|1992||Australia, New Zealand||Pakistan||England|
|1996||Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||Australia|
|1999||England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Netherlands||Australia||Pakistan|
|2003||South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya||Australia||India|
|2007||West Indies||Australia||Sri Lanka|
|2011||India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh||India||Sri Lanka|
|2015||Australia, New Zealand||Australia||New Zealand|
After the 2019 World Cup, the tournament will head to India, with the sub-continent nation hosting the 2023 tournament.