“IT’S COMING HOME!!” The ICC Cricket World Cup is coming back to where it actually began. It has been two decades since the world cup was played on the English soil. 1999 was the last time that England hosted the World Cup along with Wales. The build-up to the grand cricket event has been great and the preparation has started in full swing.
The stage is all set and the schedule is already out. Serious consideration was taken in order to select the venues. Oval will be hosting the tournament opener where the host England will take on South Africa on 30th of May 2019. The Olympic stadium, which is now home to Premier League football club West Ham, has been ignored because the cost of converting it for cricket. It has capacity of 60,000 seats but was omitted by the ECB.
The stadiums which will be hosting the matches are Bristol, Cardiff, Chester-le-Street, Edgbaston (Birmingham), Headingley (Leeds), Lord’s (London), Old Trafford (Manchester), The Oval (London), Taunton, Trent Bridge (Nottingham), Southampton.
LORD’S CRICKET STADIUM
England has always been associated with historical architecture and Lord’s is one of those stadium which is enriched with some beautiful work. It was named after the founder, Thomas Lord. Despite some major rebuilding, the stadium is still considered as the Mecca of Cricket and has witness some classic matches in the history of cricket. Who can forget the famous Sourav Ganguly’s t-shirt wave? It was established in the year 1814 but the first ever international match played at Lord’s was on 21st of July 1884 between England and Australia. The ground celebrated its 200th anniversary in the year 2014. To mark the occasion, on 5 July an MCC XI captained by Sachin Tendulkar played a Rest of the World XI led by Shane Warne in a 50 overs match. This iconic stadium is chosen for the finals of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Old Trafford presently known as the Emirates Old Trafford due to sponsorship reason is located at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The first semi-final of the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP will be played on this ground. It was established in the year of 1857 and is the home ground to Manchester Cricket Club as well as Lancashire County Cricket Club. The stadium has the capacity to hold 26,000 people. In 1990, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first test hundred at the age of 17, and became the second youngest centurion at this very ground. This stadium was damaged in the year 1940 during the world war. It was hit by bombs, damaging and destroying several stands. Despite the struggle of raise funds in order to repair the stadium for few years, cricket resumed promptly after the war as German PoWs paid a small wage to prepare the ground.
Established in the year 1882, this stadium will be hosting the second semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. With the capacity of 24,803, Situated in a leafy southern suburb of Birmingham. It was youngest of the sixth test venue for England until the inauguration of Chester-le-Street in May 2003. It is one of the finest stadium in the country and has witness some nail biting finish. In 1999, perhaps the greatest ODI in history saw Australia and South Africa tie their World Cup semi-final. Then in 2005, England won the second Ashes Test by two runs to level the series and turn momentum.
With these incredible stadiums and the breath taking fixtures on the cards, all World Cup Dream Team can say is that ENGLAND, WE ARE READY!! We are ready to see what 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has to offer and the role these magnificent stadium plays this time. Will it favour the home team like it had been in the last two world cups? Or do we have a turn around this edition? Let’s wait and watch.
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