England news May 27, 2013

ECB sign deal to host 2019 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The ICC and ECB have signed the host agreement to stage the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, formalising the arrangement of 2006.

The tournament will be held throughout June 2019, will be played at 10 venues and is currently scheduled to involve 10 teams.

"The signing of this agreement now enables ECB to enter into staging agreements with venues who wish to stage matches in the World Cup," ECB chief executive David Collier said after signing the agreement in Dubai.

"The Organising Team from the 2013 Champions Trophy, led by tournament director Steve Elworthy, will commence the preparation work for this event immediately following the conclusion of the Champions Trophy, which ends with the final at Edgbaston on June 23.

"The ECB is honoured to have been selected to stage one of the largest and most important global sports events which will be a wonderful boost to sport and cricket in particular throughout England and Wales."

England last staged the World Cup in 1999, without great success, not least the hosts' performance - England were knocked out in the group stage. The 2004 Champions Trophy and second edition of the World Twenty20, in 2009, were also staged in the UK.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson added: "The World Cup attracts a broadcast audience in excess of 1.5 billion people and is one of the premier events in world cricket. England and Wales boasts a number of high quality cricket venues providing players, officials and spectators with excellent facilities. We look forward to working with the ECB to deliver an outstanding tournament."

Bidding to host World Cup matches is expected to be fierce with at least 11 clubs expected to apply: MCC, Surrey, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Hampshire, Durham, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

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  • on May 28, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Hopefully I will have enough time off by then to see most them live!!!

  • Achettup on May 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @suve ...how do you get 14? the 4 I mentioned who automatically qualify, the four I mentioned who need to play a qualifying tournament, then you added Afghanistan, Ireland, Nepal and UAE... but that only makes 12??? \m/ peace

  • latecut_04 on May 28, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    @GerrardLK--India could lift the cup when it was staged in India and England were knocked out in the group stages even when the tournament was staged in England.Hope they do better in 2019!!!oh i forgot.. you didnt really care for ODIs back then r...ight?concentrated entirely on Ashes...wait... but you got trounced in Ashes home and away 10 times as well back then...no country has waited for almost 150 years to win a world championship of any sort in any game after inventing the game except England!!!!!(T20WC victory in 2010 being their first world title)

  • siddy_india on May 28, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Why the WC in only England and Wales - Why not have matches in countries such as Ireland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland, etc. as well. These countries have been little known to Cricket, and an event like WC might give a good boost to promote the game and educate people about it.

  • anton1234 on May 28, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I am not even sure the ODI format will remain by then. Its a dying version, one which has ceased to have meaning since the conception of T20s. Just play test and T20s and abolish the 50 over game. The ICC runs the game for money, not the well-being of the game. As far as the ICC is concerned, the more cricket staged the more money it will generate. The 2015 world cup should mark the end of the 50 over game. It will go out on a high. A 50 over game, if all overs are payed, lasts some 8 hours. No one has time for that kind of time to spare any more.

    Just start a world test championship and world T20 league, played over a 2 year period. The test championship should be played by the top test countries while the T20 world league should be competed by 14 or 16 countries. The T20s should be driver for international growth of the game hence it will have the lesser cricketing countries involved.

    Cricket is a dying game in all but the Subcontinent.

  • GerrardLK on May 28, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    So that means India has no chance to win a World Cup for another min. 10 years. Feel sorry for Indian fans.

  • xylofon on May 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    "Less rain" is not good enough. Show us the money and quit destroying the sport - there are enough factors keeping it impopular as it is.

    Imagine your team having a match abandonded which would be a deal breaker for playoff. Its not good enough. This is 2013! All major sports events should cover a simple problem like this. It doesnt have to be fancy. Just cover the basic problem.

  • Sameer-hbk on May 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Really? England again? English media itself says that Cricket is not as important as football. The crowd are less than interested unless India, Pak or SL are in there. The weather seems gloomy, when not raining. Not sure about weather, but maybe Ireland could have hosted a match or two. The only bright spot might be commentary...

  • suve on May 28, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ Achettup: What are you, 10 years old? Having 6 teams in a world cup is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard on this site. India didn't even qualify for the super 8's in 2007, so don't assume they'll win each world cup. You can't cut out teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on their current ODI performances. Do you remember which teams were favourites to win in 1996 and do you know who won that tournament, yes a country that some never even heard before. It's meant to be a world cup, not a mini tournament with a couple of nations. You need atleast 14 teams, include teams like Ireland, Nepal, Afghanistan and the UAE.

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Weather in england plays huge part,so I think the tournament should be played in JULY when it gets much better & less rain .

  • on May 28, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Hopefully I will have enough time off by then to see most them live!!!

  • Achettup on May 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @suve ...how do you get 14? the 4 I mentioned who automatically qualify, the four I mentioned who need to play a qualifying tournament, then you added Afghanistan, Ireland, Nepal and UAE... but that only makes 12??? \m/ peace

  • latecut_04 on May 28, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    @GerrardLK--India could lift the cup when it was staged in India and England were knocked out in the group stages even when the tournament was staged in England.Hope they do better in 2019!!!oh i forgot.. you didnt really care for ODIs back then r...ight?concentrated entirely on Ashes...wait... but you got trounced in Ashes home and away 10 times as well back then...no country has waited for almost 150 years to win a world championship of any sort in any game after inventing the game except England!!!!!(T20WC victory in 2010 being their first world title)

  • siddy_india on May 28, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Why the WC in only England and Wales - Why not have matches in countries such as Ireland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland, etc. as well. These countries have been little known to Cricket, and an event like WC might give a good boost to promote the game and educate people about it.

  • anton1234 on May 28, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I am not even sure the ODI format will remain by then. Its a dying version, one which has ceased to have meaning since the conception of T20s. Just play test and T20s and abolish the 50 over game. The ICC runs the game for money, not the well-being of the game. As far as the ICC is concerned, the more cricket staged the more money it will generate. The 2015 world cup should mark the end of the 50 over game. It will go out on a high. A 50 over game, if all overs are payed, lasts some 8 hours. No one has time for that kind of time to spare any more.

    Just start a world test championship and world T20 league, played over a 2 year period. The test championship should be played by the top test countries while the T20 world league should be competed by 14 or 16 countries. The T20s should be driver for international growth of the game hence it will have the lesser cricketing countries involved.

    Cricket is a dying game in all but the Subcontinent.

  • GerrardLK on May 28, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    So that means India has no chance to win a World Cup for another min. 10 years. Feel sorry for Indian fans.

  • xylofon on May 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    "Less rain" is not good enough. Show us the money and quit destroying the sport - there are enough factors keeping it impopular as it is.

    Imagine your team having a match abandonded which would be a deal breaker for playoff. Its not good enough. This is 2013! All major sports events should cover a simple problem like this. It doesnt have to be fancy. Just cover the basic problem.

  • Sameer-hbk on May 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Really? England again? English media itself says that Cricket is not as important as football. The crowd are less than interested unless India, Pak or SL are in there. The weather seems gloomy, when not raining. Not sure about weather, but maybe Ireland could have hosted a match or two. The only bright spot might be commentary...

  • suve on May 28, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ Achettup: What are you, 10 years old? Having 6 teams in a world cup is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard on this site. India didn't even qualify for the super 8's in 2007, so don't assume they'll win each world cup. You can't cut out teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on their current ODI performances. Do you remember which teams were favourites to win in 1996 and do you know who won that tournament, yes a country that some never even heard before. It's meant to be a world cup, not a mini tournament with a couple of nations. You need atleast 14 teams, include teams like Ireland, Nepal, Afghanistan and the UAE.

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Weather in england plays huge part,so I think the tournament should be played in JULY when it gets much better & less rain .

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    In ENGLAND conditions are suitable for football (most popular) where it does not dpend on weather.But they r nt getting a chance to host football wc so they thought of cricket.But unfortunately neither the people nor the weather likes cricket........

  • xylofon on May 28, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Why not UAE? If players are honest - and I think their opinions and the fans is the most important - they have a blast when they play there because the venues are really good and off days give amazing shopping/leisure days for both players and their families. Some of them might say something else officially beacuse this has a lot to do with a country making money but the truth is they will like it there.

    And one thing is for certain: if you tell UAE to have stadium-roofs they will build it without questions, it will be harder to bend countries like England to do that. Look at when the germans held the football worldcup even the pitchers were bad!!! Look at when Qatar are holding the world cup in football or China Olympics, they really want to prove themselves to the world. Another idea is to take it to novice cicket nationas that are welll off, like Canada. Great place for players and fans and it would help boost crickets image. No need for that in traditional cricket countries.

  • Lovetesh on May 28, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Cricket WC of 2019 will be decided by toss and D/L method.

  • Timmuh on May 28, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    "is currently scheduled to involve 10 teams. " This again? Have the ICC learned nothing? The tournament must involve some associates and affiliates. At ten teams it might not even include all full member nations, if Ireland can claim that status somehow (unlikely, no matter how deserving as the all-conquering BCCI do not want another team from outside south Asia). Sure, the broadcasters don't like games between these teams, but the advancement of the game demands they be able to take part. And the game is more important than the broadcaster. The slight short term financial difference is not worth forever excluding the game from growing.

  • jamespapa on May 28, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I don't think cricket fan will enjoy wc their u will find match abandon or reduce overs game

  • Achettup on May 27, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Wait... 10 teams...? Does that include Bangladesh and Zimbabwe? WHY? I say cut the crap and have an awesome 6-team world cup (in effect, just start from the super sixes) - Australia, England, India, South Africa automatically qualify because they're awesome (obviously) and let New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies play a qualifying tournament to determine the last two spots... In the future we can even ignore the super sixes stage and just set random combinations of semi-finals between the first four teams... \m/ peace

  • wgtnpom on May 27, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    It's a wonder cricket even exists considering how (according to most of the comments here) it does nothing but rain in England...

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 27, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Well cricket is coming home eh ? Too bad, get ready to dance in the rain teams ! No matter about the history and tradition of cricket in England, the boring and murky weather is a huge turn off ! I guess June is the best time to squeeze in as many games as possible in whatever sun shine is left.

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    I live in the USA and I always criticize baseball for having a "World Series" that only ever featured american teams, but really, cricket is no better if it's going to continue to be closed to only the ten elite countries in it's World Cup competition. Cricket pretends to be a world sport, but it isn't. Irish players have to pretend to be English to play in test matches, and if you are not one of the top eight countries you are always known as "minnows", no matter how well you play and no matter who you beat. What a joke!

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    It was decided many years back that the following sequence will be followed. (2003 - SA), (2007 - WI), (2011 - Ind+Pak+SL+Ban), (2015 - Aus+NZ), (2019 - Eng), (2023 - Ind+Pak+SL+Ban), (2027 - SA), (2031 - WI) and so on following the earlier sequence...Asia group gets a WC every 12 years and rest gets every 24 years..

  • Perera32 on May 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    10 teams, is that it? surely more teams should take part and I think 10 venues are far too much. I know Lords is the home of cricket and It's difficult extend the capacity due to the history ect.. but I hope there will be more than 27 000 seats by then.

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    with IPL getting all the bad vibes with spot fixing and that cricket is overall now a game of money and thus polluted does make little sense for any cricket fan or a common fellow to be enthusiastically interested on hearing about the 2019 world cup to be scheduled in England. Despite all scandals and controversies, one may argue, the 2013 IPL final had the stadium jam packed... so where's less interest? but the common feeling is there's too much cricket going on around the world with many ICC events & bilateral series taking place... genuinely pretty less interest among people with busied lifestyle already taking a toll on their lives. And cricket already losing its global sheen due to many reasons, as a cricket fan, am too not keenly interested on what's going to happen in 2019. For any good interest to get revived, cricket calendar has to get reduced in number of bilateral series. Does this happen, one can somewhat feel the interest back again.

  • Weqas Ali on May 27, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    So Pak cant even apply for 2019 WC... Anyway every fan of cricket must raise voice to ask ICC that every venue of 2019 WC at UK must be roofed... I mean grounds must have a roof to avoid rain affected match as weathers are so much unpredictable there...

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Oh! That's great. We all are going to experience the ICC world cup 2019 in England & Wales.

  • 5udh33r on May 27, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    and this is what we going to listen in 2019 " Rain Stopped Play"

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Still a disgrace that this is scheduled to be a 10 team competition, glorified Champions Trophy, not a "World" Cup

  • Umbra on May 27, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    You were one of the hosts for the 2011 World Cup, in case you forgot, twit. -.- There's no need for you to host another one so soon.

  • Htc-Baseball on May 27, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    I don't know what made icc to appoint england as hosts for 2019, we deserve the chance, last year we had a huge success by hosting the best ever t20 world cup, i think icc took a biased decision

  • on May 27, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    This is a great news that England will host the 2019 world cup. Inshallah i will be there in 2019 and watch the word cup live.

  • spence1324 on May 27, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Great news, crickets coming home.

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  • spence1324 on May 27, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Great news, crickets coming home.

  • on May 27, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    This is a great news that England will host the 2019 world cup. Inshallah i will be there in 2019 and watch the word cup live.

  • Htc-Baseball on May 27, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    I don't know what made icc to appoint england as hosts for 2019, we deserve the chance, last year we had a huge success by hosting the best ever t20 world cup, i think icc took a biased decision

  • Umbra on May 27, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    You were one of the hosts for the 2011 World Cup, in case you forgot, twit. -.- There's no need for you to host another one so soon.

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Still a disgrace that this is scheduled to be a 10 team competition, glorified Champions Trophy, not a "World" Cup

  • 5udh33r on May 27, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    and this is what we going to listen in 2019 " Rain Stopped Play"

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Oh! That's great. We all are going to experience the ICC world cup 2019 in England & Wales.

  • Weqas Ali on May 27, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    So Pak cant even apply for 2019 WC... Anyway every fan of cricket must raise voice to ask ICC that every venue of 2019 WC at UK must be roofed... I mean grounds must have a roof to avoid rain affected match as weathers are so much unpredictable there...

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    with IPL getting all the bad vibes with spot fixing and that cricket is overall now a game of money and thus polluted does make little sense for any cricket fan or a common fellow to be enthusiastically interested on hearing about the 2019 world cup to be scheduled in England. Despite all scandals and controversies, one may argue, the 2013 IPL final had the stadium jam packed... so where's less interest? but the common feeling is there's too much cricket going on around the world with many ICC events & bilateral series taking place... genuinely pretty less interest among people with busied lifestyle already taking a toll on their lives. And cricket already losing its global sheen due to many reasons, as a cricket fan, am too not keenly interested on what's going to happen in 2019. For any good interest to get revived, cricket calendar has to get reduced in number of bilateral series. Does this happen, one can somewhat feel the interest back again.

  • Perera32 on May 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    10 teams, is that it? surely more teams should take part and I think 10 venues are far too much. I know Lords is the home of cricket and It's difficult extend the capacity due to the history ect.. but I hope there will be more than 27 000 seats by then.