England news May 27, 2013

ECB sign deal to host 2019 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2013, 21:51 GMT

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

  • Antony 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

  • Rajkumar 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)

  • SIDDHARTH 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.

  • anton 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.

  • Dilshaad 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.

  • B 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 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...

  • savs 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.

  • Dummy4 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 .

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