Twenty countries have qualified at least once for the Cricket World Cup. Every tournament has seen seven teams play, with six of them winning the championship. The first two tournaments were won by the West Indies. Australia has five wins, India has two, while England, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka each have one.
The current champions are Australia, who defeated England by one run in the final on February 15, 2015. This is their third world cup win.
Australia has been dominant at this stage with its winning streak of nine finals matches. It also hasn't lost any match it has contested since 1999. On the other hand, England has been close to lifting the trophy several times but has never managed to do so. It remains its only defeat at this stage.
India has been the most successful non-test playing nation with three victories out of four attempts. Its only loss was to Australia in 2011. South Africa has two wins and one loss from three matches.
World Cups have been played on home soil by eight countries. They are Australia, Bangladesh, India, England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe. The remaining sixteen nations have not had much success at this stage. No country other than those mentioned has won more than one title.
England is the most successful team with four wins. It also has three losses - to Australia, India, and South Africa.
Australia has five wins, India has two, and Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and England each have one. There have been 71 matches played over these two events.
Cricket is a sport that is popular around the world, including in Pakistan. Each year, several hundred thousand people go to see international cricket matches. The most famous venues where cricket is played are The Lord's Cricket Ground in London, England; the Eden Gardens in Calcutta (now Kolkata); and the Pakistansi Cricket Stadium in Karachi.
Pakistan has participated in every cricket World Cup since its inception in 1975. The country's last appearance was in 2015 in New Zealand when they were knocked out by India in the quarter-finals. Before that, they had reached the final in 2003 but lost to England. They have never won this event. In fact, they have never even made it past the group stage of the competition.
In terms of individual players, there are several who have been very successful at the World Cup level. For example, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Malik, and Saeed Anwar have all played important roles for their countries at various times.
The World Cup will include eight teams from across the world. Six of the countries were full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), with the other two, Sri Lanka and East Africa, asked to fill the remaining two places. South Africa withdrew from international cricket following the apartheid policy, so they were excluded from the World Cup.
South Africa had been invited to join the ICC in 1950, but their membership was suspended after that country's government enacted its "native affairs" policy, which included a ban on white minority groups such as cricketers playing for other than European teams. The policy also prevented South African players from appearing against the nation's own national team, the Proteas. After several years without a World Cup tournament, England decided to send a team to South Africa instead, which prompted Australia to follow suit. The only Australian team member to appear in both World Cups is Steve Waugh, who played all of his matches in South Africa at number three. Waugh went on to become one of the country's most successful captains, leading Australia to five World Cups victories.
India became the first new member of the ICC to be invited to the World Cup when the decision was made in 1975. However, India didn't officially join the ICC until January 1992. The Indian team that year consisted of former Pakistan players who had moved to India following the partition of India in 1947.
The ICC Cricket World Cup has been held a total of 12 times in the previous 44 years. The West Indies Cricket Team's victory in the first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup in 1975 will go down in cricket history as a watershed moment. When they repeated the feat in 1979, the whole cricketing world bowed down to their dominance. Tony Brown and Larry Sanchez were the heroes of both the seasons.
They started playing test cricket in 1972-73 against England. Their first match was lost by an innings but they won the next one very easily. This makes them the first team to win the World Cup back-to-back.
India became the second country to win the World Cup twice when they did so in 1983 and 1987. However, the winning percentage of India is just below 50 which means they have not been successful in proving themselves yet.
England is the only country to have won the title three times. They did so in 1971, 1977, and 1979.
South Africa made its debut in 1995 and it took them two seasons to qualify for the semi-finals. They were knocked out by Australia who went on to win the tournament. Since then, no South African side has managed to reach the final stage.
India is the current champion of the tournament and they will be defending their title in 2019. They are the most successful team with five titles to their name.
Cricket World Cup qualifying is the procedure through which a national cricket team qualifies for the Cricket World Cup. The Cricket World Cup is a global event, and qualifying is utilized to narrow the big field of competitors from about 100 to 14. The World Cricket League is the name given to the present procedure. It involves eight teams, known as Leagues, who compete against each other in 50-over matches during the year for regional positions.
The winner of each League advances to the next round, called the Super League, where they will be joined by another League from around the world. This process continues until there are only two countries left, who then compete against each other in a final series for one spot at the World Cup.
Each country selects their own representative team, known as A Team, which plays within its own domestic cricket system. The A Team travels to other countries to participate in World Cups or Limited Overs Internationals (LOIs) - high-intensity games that last for a single day - with defined results (either wins or losses). These events can either be held on home soil or abroad. If you win or lose an LOI, you can adjust your ranking accordingly in the World Cup Qualifying Procedure.
There are three ways to qualify for the Cricket World Cup: via one's own league position, via one's record in ICC Events competitions (which include One Day Internationals and Test matches), and via the ICC Champions Trophy.
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies are the eight countries that have competed in every World Cup.
England's cricket team represents both England and Wales. Until 1992, the team also represented Scotland. England has held all three international tournament statuses over the years, with the following results: 999 Test matches with 357 wins and 297 defeats, 709 ODI matches with a 351-win record, and 100 T20 games with a 47-win record.
Unlike several other sports, which have their fixtures cycle around big events, the majority of international cricket is played in standalone series between only two countries.