2019 is set to be a big year for cricket, with some hugely exciting tournaments on the way. Players are getting ready, sports books are preparing their betting markets, and fans are waiting eagerly.
In this guide we’ll look at the biggest tournaments and games this year and see what the cricket betting markets have in store.
Indian Premier League — 23 March
Arguably the biggest domestic cricket league of them all, the 2019 Indian Premier League is due to start on the 23rd of March, which means we’re just a couple weeks away from seeing some of the world’s best players take to the crease.
As with all IPL seasons, 2019 should be a close affair. The favorite is priced at 5.00 with most bookmakers and the outsider isn’t too far behind at 10.00. Everything will be on the line every single week and it will take just one bad run of form or even just one bad game to end a team’s hope for another season—that’s the beauty of the IPL.
The Delhi Capitals have recently switched over from the Delhi Daredevils and are fielding some amazing players, but their last place finish in 2018 means they are one of the outsiders, along with Kings XI Punjab. On the other side of the scale, the Sunrises Hyderabad will go in as the favorites, closely followed by the Royals and Super Kings.
The ICC Cricket World Cup — 30 May
The ICC Cricket World Cup will be hosted in England and Wales, which is one of the main reasons why England are the favorite with the bookmakers. You can get 3.25 for an England win with most bookies, which is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen them for along time.
The dominant India are the second favorites at 4.00, with the bookies seemingly believing that the home advantage will be enough to give England the edge. However, these two met several times last year and India were dominant—performances they will be looking to repeat later this year.
The third favorites are Australia, who the bookies have priced at 6.50. They haven’t been at their best lately, but they should never be written off. They are the current world champions after all, and they also won in 1999, the last time the ICC World Cup was held in London and Wales.
The Ashes — 1 August
The annual contest between bitter rivals Australia and England is set to commence towards the end of the year as England look to get revenge for their humiliating whitewash last time around.
There have been 330 tests and 70 series so far, with Australia winning 33 and England winning 32. If England win in 2019 it will tie the series overall, which is quite a feat for a series that began in the late 19th century, and it will also give them the bragging rights for another year.
The bookies actually think that England will take this one and they are priced at 1.80 for the series, with Australia the surprising outsider at 2.75. You can also bet on the draw at 6.00, but in the past 70 series there have only been 4 draws.
Big Bash — 19 December
Christmas entertainment in the cricket world, big bash league will be provided by the Big Bash, an Aussie league that never fails to disappoint. The favorites with the bookies are Hobart Hurricanes, who are priced between 5.00 and 6.00 depending on which bookmaker you go with.
The outsiders are Sydney Thunder, but at between 9.00 and 9.50, there isn’t a great difference between the favorite and the rank outsider, with the bookies believing that this will be a very close run thing before the winner is declared in February next year.