Thursday 30 May 2019 7:11 AM UTC
LONDON May 30: “Of course it rained. A cold, steady, dispiriting drizzle immediately familiar to anyone who has ever weathered an English summer. It made the World Cup opening ceremony feel a little dreary, damp and miserable”, reported the Guardian following a damp opening party held on May 29, 2019 in London.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, to be hosted by England and Wales, from 30 May to 14 July 2019.
The first match will be played at The Oval today (May 30, 2091) while the final will be played at Lord’s. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.
The format for the tournament will be a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-finals. The 10-team tournament has gained criticism due to the lack of Associate teams in the tournament.
Given the increase of the Test-playing nations from 10 to 12, with the admission of Ireland and Afghanistan in June 2017, it will be the first World Cup to be contested without all of the Test playing nations being present, and after the elimination of all the Associate teams at the qualifying tournament, this will also be the first World Cup to feature no Associate members.
Virat Kohli’s Wax Statue Unveiled At Lord’s Ahead Of World Cup 2019
Virat Kohli’s wax statue was unveiled by renowned Madame Tussauds museum at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Thursday to mark the launch of World Cup 2019.
The wax statue will be on display at Madame Tussauds in London for the duration of the quadrennial tournament that concludes on July 14.
The statue has been dressed in the official Indian limited-overs kit. The shoes and gloves were donated by the Indian skipper himself. From Thursday onward, Kohli’s statue will feature alongside legends such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and fellow Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.
India will begin their campaign against South Africa on June 5.
Sachin Tendulkar Set For Another Debut In World Cup Opener
Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary Indian cricketer, will make his debut as a commentator during the World Cup, beginning in England and Wales on Thursday. Tendulkar will be present in the commentary box during the tournament opener between hosts England and South Africa to be played at The Oval in London.
The Master Blaster will join the pre-show in Hindi and English at 1:30 pm IST, with his very own segment ‘Sachin Opens Again’. He will be joined by a panel of experts, some of whom have had the pleasure of playing alongside the iconic batsman.
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