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Cricket World Cup

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.

Full Cricket World Cup history

Year Host Winner Runner-up
1975 England West Indies Australia
1979 England West Indies England
1983 England, Wales India West Indies
1987 India, Pakistan Australia England
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
2019 England, Wales
2023 India

After the 2019 World Cup, the tournament will head to India, with the sub-continent nation hosting the 2023 tournament.