The 11th edition of ICC Cricket world cup is also known as 2015 cricket world cup which has been scheduled to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March. There are 49 matches will be played throughout the tournament in 14 venues. The opening match of ICC world cup 2015 will be held between hosts New Zealand and 2011 world cup finalist Sri Lanka on 14th Feb at Christchurch.
India is the defending champion in 2015 world cup as they won 2011 world championship by defeating Sri Lanka in the final. This is the second occasion when Australia and New Zealand are hosting ICC world cup after 1992 world cup. Winner of 2015 cricket world cup will be decided on 29 March at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne and will receive 39,75,000 US dollars as prize money.
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International Cricket Council has declared that if 2015 world cup final is not being played due to any reason, both qualified final teams will be jointly announced as world cup holders.
The opening ceremony and events of 2015 ICC world cup will be organized in Christchurch and Melbourne on 12th January.
There are 14 venues decided to host cricket world cup in Australia and New Zealand. Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and Canberra are the Australian cities to host ICC world cup. Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin to organize cricket world cup in New Zealand.
There are 14 participating nations in cricket world cup 2015. Top 10 teams directly qualified for CWC15 as per ICC regulations. Rest four nations come from qualifier tournament which was held in 2014. Scotland beat UAE in Cricket world cup qualifier 2014 and both sides qualified for the main ICC world championship 2015. Afghanistan and Ireland come from 2011-13 ICC World Cricket League Championship.
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All 14 playing nations are categorized in two pools: each consisting 7 teams. Top 4 countries from each group will qualify for quarter-finals after completion of group stage matches.
|POOL A||POOL B|
Match officials for 11th ICC world cup are announced and all 12 members of ICC elite panel umpires will be responsible to organize matches successfully. Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires in the inaugural match of world cup between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. David Boon will be the match referee in 2015 cricket world cup opener.
ICC has scheduled 14 non-ODI warm up matches for cricket world cup 2015 before main event begins. First practice match of 2015 cricket world cup will be played between India and Australia at Adelaide Oval on 8 February. Final warm up game of icc world cup scheduled to be played between Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates on 13th February at Junction Oval in Melbourne.
|8 February, 2015/ 14:00 (AEDT)||India vs Australia||Adelaide|
|9 February, 2015/ 11:00 (NZT)||South Africa vs Sri Lanka||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|9 February, 2015/ 11:00 (NZT)||New Zealand vs Zimbabwe||Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch|
|9 February, 2015/ 14:30 (AEDT)||England vs West Indies||SCG, Sydney|
|9 February, 2015/ 14:30 (AEDT)||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||Blacktown ISP, Sydney|
|10 February, 2015/ 14:30 (AEDT)||Ireland vs Scotland||Blacktown ISP, Sydney|
|10 February, 2015/ 14:00 (AEDT)||India vs Afghanistan||Adelaide|
|11 February, 2015/ 11:00 (NZT)||New Zealand vs South Africa||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|11 February, 2015/ 11:00 (NZT)||Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe||Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch|
|11 February, 2015/ 14:30 (AEDT)||Australia vs UAE||MCG, Melbourne|
|11 February, 2015/ 14:30 (AEDT)||England vs Pakistan||SCG, Sydney|
|12 February, 2015/ 10:00 (AEDT)||West Indies vs Scotland||SCG, Sydney|
|12 February, 2015/ 10:00 (AEDT)||Ireland vs Bangladesh||Blacktown ISP, Sydney|
|13 February, 2015/ 10:00 (AEDT)||Afghanistan vs UAE||Junction Oval, Melbourne|
The inaugural game of 2015 cricket world cup will be played between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch. 49 matches are scheduled to be hosted during tournament including quarter-finals, semi-finals and the grand finale.
Initially it was decided that if final match goes to tie, the finalist teams would be declared world cup champions but International Cricket Council revoked the decision. Now if 2015 ICC world Cup final is a tie, then Super Over will decided the world cup champion.
|DATE / DAY||MATCH||FIXTURES||VENUE|
|14 February, 2015 / Saturday||Match 1, Day||Sri Lanka vs New Zealand||Christchurch|
|14 February, 2015 / Saturday||Match 2, D/N||England vs Australia||Melbourne|
|15 February, 2015 / Sunday||Match 3, D/N||South Africa vs Zimbabwe||Hamilton|
|15 February, 2015 / Sunday||Match 4, D/N||India vs Pakistan||Adelaide|
|16 February, 2015 / Monday||Match 5, Day||West Indies vs Ireland||Nelson|
|17 February, 2015 / Tuesday||Match 6, Day||New Zealand vs Scotland||Dunedin|
|18 February, 2015 / Wednesday||Match 7, D/N||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||Canberra|
|19 February, 2015 / Thursday||Match 8, Day||Zimbabwe vs UAE||Nelson|
|20 February, 2015 / Friday||Match 9, D/N||England vs New Zealand||Wellington|
|21 February, 2015 / Saturday||Match 10, Day||Pakistan vs West Indies||Christchurch|
|21 February, 2015 / Saturday||Match 11, D/N||Australia vs Bangladesh||Brisbane|
|22 February, 2015 / Sunday||Match 12, Day||Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan||Dunedin|
|22 February, 2015 / Sunday||Match 13, D/N||South Africa vs India||Melbourne|
|23 February, 2015 / Monday||Match 14, Day||England vs Scotland||Christchurch|
|24 February, 2015 / Tuesday||Match 15, D/N||West Indies vs Zimbabwe||Canberra|
|25 February, 2015 / Wednesday||Match 16, D/N||Ireland vs UAE||Brisbane|
|26 February, 2015 / Thursday||Match 17, Day||Afghanistan vs Scotland||Dunedin|
|26 February, 2015 / Thursday||Match 18, D/N||Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh||Melbourne|
|27 February, 2015 / Friday||Match 19, D/N||South Africa vs West Indies||Sydney|
|28 February, 2015 / Saturday||Match 20, D/N||Australia vs New Zealand||Auckland|
|28 February, 2015 / Saturday||Match 21, D/N||India vs UAE||Perth|
|01 March, 2015 / Sunday||Match 22, Day||England vs Sri Lanka||Wellington|
|01 March, 2015 / Sunday||Match 23, D/N||Pakistan vs Zimbabwe||Brisbane|
|03 March, 2015 / Tuesday||Match 24, D/N||South Africa vs Ireland||Canberra|
|04 March, 2015 / Wednesday||Match 25, D/N||Pakistan vs UAE||Napier|
|04 March, 2015 / Wednesday||Match 26, D/N||Australia vs Afghanistan||Perth|
|05 March, 2015 / Thursday||Match 27, Day||Bangladesh vs Scotland||Nelson|
|06 March, 2015 / Friday||Match 28, D/N||India vs West Indies||Perth|
|07 March, 2015 / Saturday||Match 29, D/N||South Africa vs Pakistan||Auckland|
|07 March, 2015 / Saturday||Match 30, D/N||Zimbabwe vs Ireland||Hobart|
|08 March, 2015 / Sunday||Match 31, Day||New Zealand vs Afghanistan||Napier|
|08 March, 2015 / Sunday||Match 32, D/N||Australia vs Sri Lanka||Sydney|
|09 March, 2015 / Monday||Match 33, D/N||England vs Bangladesh||Adelaide|
|10 March, 2015 / Tuesday||Match 34, D/N||India vs Ireland||Hamilton|
|11 March, 2015 / Wednesday||Match 35, D/N||Sri Lanka vs Scotland||Hobart|
|12 March, 2015 / Thursday||Match 36, D/N||South Africa vs UAE||Wellington|
|13 March, 2015 / Friday||Match 37, D/N||Bangladesh vs New Zealand||Hamilton|
|13 March, 2015 / Friday||Match 38, D/N||England vs Afghanistan||Sydney|
|14 March, 2015 / Saturday||Match 39, D/N||India vs Zimbabwe||Auckland|
|14 March, 2015 / Saturday||Match 40, D/N||Australia vs Scotland||Hobart|
|15 March, 2015 / Sunday||Match 41, Day||West Indies vs UAE||Napier|
|15 March, 2015 / Sunday||Match 42, D/N||Pakistan vs Ireland||Adelaide|
|18 March, 2015 / Monday||Match 43, D/N||Q1: Sri Lanka vs South Africa||Sydney|
|19 March, 2015 / Tuesday||Match 44, D/N||Q2: Bangladesh vs India||Melbourne|
|20 March, 2015 / Wednesday||Match 45, D/N||Q3: Australia vs Pakistan||Adelaide|
|21 March, 2015 / Thursday||Match 46, D/N||Q4: New Zealand vs West Indies||Wellington|
|24 March, 2015 / Sunday||Match 47, D/N||SF1: New Zealand vs South Africa||Auckland|
|26 March, 2015 / Tuesday||Match 48, D/N||SF2: Australia vs India||Sydney|
|29 March, 2015 / Friday||Match 49, D/N||Final: India vs SF2||Melbourne|
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The ICC has given official broadcasting rights to ESPN, Star Sports and Star Cricket for world cup 2015. Different broadcasters will telecast competition live in various countries across the globe.
International Cricket Council has announced official fantasy cricket league for 2015 ICC world cup. You can choose your XI for the tournament and win exciting prizes from ICC. There are two games in fantasy league i.e. Tournament mode and Match mode. You have to choose at least one wicket-keeper, four batsmen, two bowlers and one all-rounder in your 11. You are given one million credits for selecting the team.
Official mobile app
ICC launched official app for 2015 cricket world cup. Downloading this app on your Android and Apple device you’ll be able to get latest match scores, updates, teams, news, schedule and much more. It will also allow you to predict favorite team in world cup 2015.