Your complete guide to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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Cricket's biggest tournament and most awaited - ICC World Cup will get under way in New Zealand and Australia on February 14.

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The 11th edition of World Cup will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.


Here is your complete guide to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (All 14 squads)

  • Dates - Tournament from February 14 to March 29, 2015
  • First match - Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand (Day) in Christchurch on February 14 (3.30 AM IST). Same day England Vs Australia in Melbourne (Day/Night) (9 AM IST)
  • 14 teams (divided into 2 groups of 7 each)
  • 210 players in total (15 per team)
  • 49 matches will be played
  • 44 days of action
  • 14 cities (7 each in Australia and New Zealand)
  • 11th edition of the World Cup
  • 2 - United Arab Emirates (UAE) are playing their 2nd World Cup, after 1996
  • 1 - Afghanistan will be making World Cup debut this year
  • 2nd time World Cup comes to Australia and New Zealand after 1992
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host the final on March 29
  • 100,000 - Total capacity of the MCG
  • This is the first World Cup to be played under new field restrictions rules (only 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle in non-powerplay overs)

Prize money breakdown (in US dollars) (10 major changes at WC)

  • Winner - $3,250,000
  • Runner-up - $1,500,000
  • Semifinalists - $500,000
  • Quarterfinalists - $250,000
  • Winner of each group - $30,000
  • Teams eliminated after group stage - $35,000
  • Total - $8,010,000
  • Note: If a team wins the trophy without losing a match, they will receive a total prize money of $4,020,000, while a team that loses one match on the way to winning the tournament will get $3,975,000

2011 champions - India

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be used in all 49 matches of the tournament

There will be reserve days in the knock-out phase only

There will be no Super Over in tied matches in the knock-out phase, barring the final. In case of a tied quarter-final and semi-final, the side finishing in the higher position in the group stage will progress.

If the final is tied Super Over will be used to decide the winner.


Quarter-final venues (Richards' top-9 to watch out for)

Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington


Ticket prices (Local currencies - Australia and New Zealand dollars)

  • Lowest - $5
  • Highest - $395 (for final)
  • Group matches - Adult: From $20; Children: From $5
  • Quarter-finals - Adult: $50; Children: $20
  • Semi-finals - Adult: $65; Children: $30
  • Final - Adult: $125; Children: $60

Groups (According to ICC ODI World Rankings at the time of draw on 31 December, 2012)

Top 4 from each group qualify for knockouts (quarter-finals)

  • Pool A: England (World No. 1), Australia (4), Sri Lanka (5), Bangladesh (8), New Zealand (9), Afghanistan (Qualified via ICC World Cricket League Championship), Scotland (Qualified via ICC World Cup Qualifier 2014)
  • Pool B: South Africa (2), India (3), Pakistan (6), West Indies (7), Zimbabwe (10), Ireland (Qualified via ICC World Cricket League), United Arab Emirates (Qualified via ICC World Cup Qualifier 2014)
  • Current rankings (as on February 2) - 1. Australia, 2. India, 3. South Africa, 4. Sri Lanka, 5. England, 6. New Zealand, 7. Pakistan, 8. West Indies, 9. Bangladesh, 10. Zimbabwe, 11. Afghanistan, 12. Ireland

Venues (7 each in Australia and New Zealand)

  • Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
  • New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, Wellington

Most experienced World Cupper at this edition - Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), 33 World Cup matches played. Now in his 5th appearance (Men of the finals)

Dhoni with 2011 WC trophy

World Cup winning captains

  • Clive Lloyd (West Indies) - 1975, 79
  • Kapil Dev (India) - 1983
  • Allan Border (Australia) - 1987
  • Imran Khan (Pakistan) - 1992
  • Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka) - 1996
  • Steve Waugh (Australia) - 1999
  • Ricky Ponting (Australia) - 2003, 2007
  • MS Dhoni (India) - 2011

Previous Champions

  • 1975 - West Indies
  • 1979 - West Indies
  • 1983 - India
  • 1987 - Australia
  • 1992 - Pakistan
  • 1996 - Sri Lanka
  • 1999 - Australia
  • 2003 - Australia
  • 2007 - Australia
  • 2011 - India
  • ICC World Cup 2019 will be held in England
  • Most World Cups (4) - Australia
  • 2 each - India, West Indies
  • 1 each - Sri Lanka, Pakistan

About the World Cup Trophy

The current trophy was created for the 1999 championships, and was the first permanent prize in the tournament's history; prior to this, different trophies were made for each World Cup. The trophy was designed and produced in London by a team of craftsmen from Garrard & Co over a period of two months.

The current trophy is made from silver and gilt, and features a golden globe held up by three silver columns. The columns, shaped as stumps and bails, represent the three fundamental aspects of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe characterises a cricket ball. It stands 60cm high and weighs approximately 11kg. The names of the previous winners are engraved on the base of the trophy, with space for a total of 20 inscriptions.

The original trophy is kept by the ICC. A replica, which differs only in the inscriptions, is permanently awarded to the winning team.

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