The initial tournament included eight teams: Australia, England, the West Indies, Pakistan, India, and New Zealand (the six Test nations at the time), Sri Lanka, and an East African composite squad. The South African cricket squad was one conspicuous absentee, as they were not competing owing to the worldwide sports boycott.
England, who had never before played international cricket, won the inaugural World Cup by defeating Australia in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 2, 1975. The match was drawn 1-1 after full and fair contests of both sides' cases, with umpire Dickie Bird awarding the match to Lord's on penalty shots. Australia later protested against the outcome, but to no avail.
India became the second country to qualify for the World Cup when they defeated New Zealand in the final of the 1987 tournament held in India. This was also the first World Cup to be sponsored by a company; it was known as the Ford World Cup from its inception in 1975 until 2000 when it was renamed as the ICC World Cup.
Pakistan qualified for their first World Cup in 1992, but withdrew due to security concerns following the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. They were replaced by a team of local players selected by a committee headed by Jagmohan Dalmiya. India went on to win the 1992 tournament in England.
Three of the world's top cricket teams—England, Ireland, and the West Indies—do not correlate to Olympic national teams, an issue shared by rugby and association football. However, all three nations have participated in recent Games as independent entities (not as colonies or territories). In addition, Australia has announced that it will send a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Australia first played under its present name at the Melbourne Games in 1956. From 1936 to 1948, Australia competed as the British Commonwealth. The country became known as Australia during the London Games in 1952.
Ireland made its debut at the 2004 Athens Games, while England and the West Indies did so at the 2012 London Games. All three countries have also qualified for the 2016 Rio Games.
There will be five-a-side matches between each of the eight countries which have qualified. The winners will then meet in a final match to determine who will be crowned champion. This event is scheduled to take place on August 5th at 20:00 BST (7:00 PM EDT). You can watch the entire tournament live here on Cricbuzz.
Club cricket is popular in Pakistan, England, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and some of India's major cities. Club cricket in Canada is popular among the same communities as in England: anglophones in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver; francophones in Calgary and Victoria.
Club cricket in South Africa is mainly played by English-speaking people in the larger cities, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban, and Grahamstown. In smaller towns across the country, cricketers often meet at local pubs or clubs to play. The official season for club cricket in South Africa runs from early April until late October/early November.
In India, there are more than 1000 registered clubs with over 1 million members. They can be found in almost every state, but they are most common in the northern states such as Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. Club cricket is played throughout the year except during the summer months when the temperature rises above 40 degrees Celsius.
In Indonesia, there are about 800 clubs with a total membership of about 10 million. Most clubs are located in the major cities: Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, and Bali.
With 350 Test victories and 194 defeats, Australia is widely regarded as the best team in Test cricket. A selection of cricket team names is provided below to assist you come up with your own distinctive and hilarious name. We'd like to thank OpenPlay.co.uk for inspiring us to create this list.
The inaugural ICC World Cup included a total of eight countries. The event featured 15 matches, including knockout games. Clive Lloyd captained the West Indies cricket team to World Cup victory in 1975. England, Australia, the West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and East Africa competed in the inaugural cricket world cup.
This was the third World Cup in a row in which an African side advanced past the group stage, following Morocco in 1986 and Cameroon in 1990. This was a crucial influence in FIFA boosting Africa's allocation from three to five berths four years later, when the World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams.
Five African teams will go to Brazil in the hopes of inscribing their names in the tournament's rich history. Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Algeria, and Cameroon would almost certainly be satisfied with a run to the quarter-finals.
Egypt was defeated 4-2 by Hungary in Naples, with Abdulrahman Fawzi scoring twice to become the first African player to score in a World Cup final.