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Cricket World Cup Betting Offers & Free Bets, India 2023

cricket player running silhouetteThe 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup will be held in India, the first time they have hosted alone.  The 2023 tournament is made up of ten teams who will first play in a single group round-robin consisting of 45 individual matches between  February and March.  This is followed by a semi-final and final stage, contested between the top four teams from the group stage. The final will be held on Sunday 26th March.

Cricket is not a sport known for its betting offers but for bigger events like the ICC World Cup there are some very good value offers for both new and existing customers.  If you plan to bet on the World Cup, either ante-post or in play during the competition, then by taking advantage of some of the free bets, insurance and bonus deals on this page you can often enhance your winnings.

England will be among the favourite having won their first World Cup in 2019 on home soil in spectacular style winning through a super over, however you can not discount Australia, who have won it no less than 5 times, and, of course, India as hosts. Further down you can find outright odds (updated throughout) along information about the format, schedule, statistics and history of the cricket World Cup.

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World Cup Format


world cup signThe 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup will see 10 teams compete, with the same format as 2019, a reduction from the 14 teams that competed in 2011 and 2015.  The hosts (India) along with the top 7 ranked teams in the ICC One Day International rankings qualify automatically.

The remaining two places are decided through a world cup qualifier.  Hosted in 2022 the bottom five teams in the ICC ODI Championship, that did not receive automatic qualification, along with the three highest teams in League 2 and two teams from a play-off round between the bottom 4 teams in League 2 and the top 2 teams from the Challenge league.

As usual the ICC seem to make qualification for these two final spots as convoluted as possible.  The ten teams in the qualifier tournament are split into two groups and play each other in a round-robin format with two points for a win and one point for no result or tie.

After four matches are played the top 3 teams in each group advance to the Super Sixes stage.  Teams carry forward results against each other within their groups (i.e. you enter the super sixes league with 2 games already on the board).  You then play the 3 teams from the other group in a round-robin format.  At the end the top two teams qualify for the World Cup.  For the 2019 World Cup this was Afghanistan and the West Indies.


The ICC World Cup consists of a group stage followed but two knockout stages.  The ten finalists compete in one group, again in a round-robin format, each team playing each other once with two points for a win, none for a loss and one for no result or tie.  The format has changed much over the years, rarely remaining the same for more than two world cups in a row.

Following the 45 round-robin matches the top four teams progress to the semi-finals, with first playing fourth and second playing third.  This is followed by the final.

2019 World Cup Match Schedule

Dates Match Venue Day/Night?
30th May England v South Africa The Oval
31st May Windies v Pakistan Trent Bridge
1st June New Zealand v Sri Lanka Sophia Gardens
1st June Afghanistan v Australia County Ground (B)
2nd June South Africa v Bangladesh The Oval
3rd June England v Pakistan Trent Bridge
4th June Afghanistan v Sri Lanka Sophia Gardens
5th June South Africa v India Rose Bowl Yes
5th June Bangladesh v New Zealand The Oval
6th June Australia v Windies Trent Bridge
7th June Pakistan v Sri Lanka County Ground (B)
8th June England v Bangladesh Sophia Gardens
8th June Afghanistan v New Zealand County Ground (T) Yes
9th June India v Australia The Oval
10th June South Africa v Windies Rose Bowl
11th June Bangladesh v Sri Lanka County Ground (B)
12th June Australia v Pakistan County Ground (T)
13th June India v New Zealand Trent Bridge
14th June England v Windies Rose Bowl
15th June Sri Lanka v Australia The Oval
15th June South Africa v Afghanistan Sophia Gardens Yes
16th June India v Pakistan Old Trafford
17th June Windies v Bangladesh County Ground (T)
18th June England v Afghanistan Old Trafford
19th June New Zealand v South Africa Edgbaston
20th June Australia v Bangladesh Trent Bridge
21st June England v Sri Lanka Headingley
22nd June India v Afghanistan Rose Bowl
22nd June Windies v New Zealand Old Trafford Yes
23rd June Pakistan v South Africa Lord’s
24th June Bangladesh v Afghanistan Rose Bowl
25th June England v Australia Lord’s
26th June New Zealand v Pakistan Edgbaston
27th June Windies v India Old Trafford
28th June Sri Lanka v South Africa Riverside Ground
29th June Pakistan v Afghanistan Headingley
29th June New Zealand v Australia Lord’s Yes
30th June England v India Edgbaston
1st July Sri Lanka v Windies Riverside Ground
2nd July Bangladesh v India Edgbaston
3rd July England v New Zealand Riverside Ground
4th July Afghanistan v Windies Headingley
5th July Pakistan v Bangladesh Lord’s
6th July Sri Lanka v India Headingley
6th July Australia v South Africa Old Trafford Yes
9th July 1st Place v 4th Place Old Trafford
11th July 2nd Place v 3rd Place Edgbaston
14th July Final Lord’s

Key: T – Taunton, B – Bristol
Day/Night games begin at 1:30pm (BST) all other games start at 10:30am (BST)

World Cup Venues

Venue Location Home Team Capacity Opened WC Matches
Lord’s London Middlesex 28,000  1814 5
Old Trafford Manchester Lancashire 26,000  1857 6
The Oval London Surrey 25,500  1845 5
Edgbaston Birmingham Warwickshire 25,000  1882 5
Riverside Ground Chester-le-Street Duraham 19,000 1995 3
Trent Bridge Nottingham Nottinghamshire 17,500 1841 5
Headingley Leeds Yorkshire  17,500  1890 4
Sophia Gardens Cardiff Glamorgan 15,643 1967 4
Rose Bowl Southampton Hampshire 15,000 2001 5
County Ground Taunton Somerset 8,500 1882 3
County Ground Bristol Gloucestershire 8,000 1889 3

Statistics & Facts

Previous Winners

Year Winner Runner-Up Host
2023 ? ? India
2019 England New Zealand England / Wales
2015 Australia New Zealand Australia / New Zealand
2011 India Sri Lanka India / Sri Lanka / Bangladesh
2007 Australia Sri Lanka West Indies
2003 Australia India South Africa
1999 Australia Pakistan England / Wales
1996 Sri Lanka Australia India / Pakistan / Sri Lanka
1992 Pakistan England Australia / New Zealand
1987 Australia England India / Pakistan
1983 India West Indies England
1979 West Indies England England
1975 West Indies Australia England

Most Successful Teams

Team Champions Runner-Up Matches Won/Tie-NR/Lost Win Rate
Australia 5 2 94 69 / 2 / 23 75%
India 2 1 84 53 / 2 / 29 64%
West Indies 2 1 80 43 / 2 / 35 55%
Pakistan 1 1 79 45 / 2 / 32 58%
Sri Lanka 1 2 80 38 / 3 / 39 49%
England 1 3 83 48 / 3 / 32 60%
New Zealand 0 1 89 54 / 2 / 33 62%

The table above displays teams that have competed in all 12 World Cup tournaments to date and is current up to the 2019 Wold Cup

Other Statistics and Trivia

Statistic Value
Most Runs Sachin Tendulkar – 2278 (India)
Most Runs Single World Cup Sachin Tendulkar – 673 (2003)
Most Hundreds Sachin Tendulkar & Rohit Sharma – 6 (1992-2011) & (2015-2019)
Most Hundreds Single World Cup Rohit Sharma – 5 (India, 2019)
Highest Batting Average Lance Klusener – 124.00 (1999-2003)
Highest Batting Score Martin Guptill – 237 not out (Australia vs West Indies 2015)
Most Wickets Glen McGrath – 71 (Australia)
Most Wickets Single World Cup Mitchel Starc – 27 (2019)
Best Bowling Average Mitchel Starc – 14.81 (2015-2019)
Best Bowling Strike Rate Lasith Malinga – 43.8 (Sri Lanka 2007-19)
Best Bowling Figures Glen McGrath – 7 / 15 (2003 vs Namibia)
Most Catches (Fielder) Ricky Ponting – 28 (Australia 1996-2011)
Most Dismissals (Wicket-Keeper) Kumar Sangakkara – 54 (2003-15)
Most Consecutive Team Wins Australia – 27 (1999-2011)
Most Consecutive World Cup Wins Australia – 3 (1999-2007)
Highest Score 417-6 (Australia v Afghanistan, 2015)
Lowest Score 36 all out (Canada v Sri Lanka, 2003)
Most Used Venue Headingly & Edgbaston (17 matches)
Most World Cups 6 – Sachin Tendulkar & Javed Miandad
Most Appearances 46 – Ricky Ponting
Youngest Player Nitish Kuman – 16y 283d (Canada, 2011)
Oldest Player Nolan Clarke – 47y 257d (Netherlands, 1996)
Most Wins 69 – Australia
Most Loses 42 – Zimbarbwe

Data current up to the 2019 World Cup

History Of The ICC Cricket World Cup

umpire stood over a cricket ballWhen you consider cricket as a sport you often think it has been around for many centuries.  In reality professional cricket is only really as old as other sports such as football, with the first international test match taking place in 1875 between Australia and England.  The teams met regularly to play The Ashes and in 1889 South Africa joined the test team party leading to further tours and even a triangular tournament in 1912.  Other teams achieved test status over the ensuing decades but the game largely remained a bilateral arrangement with 3, 4 or 5 day tests matches between just two teams at a time.

The old game of empire took on a new role after the second world war as many of Britain’s old colonies became independent and the sport of cricket became one of the most cohesive elements within the new Commonwealth of Nations.  The sport had become a national game of many countries including Australia, India, Pakistan and the West Indies.

Despite a reinvigorated rivalry however test cricket was becoming increasing out of step with the faster modern world. In the 1960’s English county teams began to play a shorter form of the game allowing knock out tournaments to take place between several teams.  This led to several one day competitions in the 1960’s and lead to a Sunday league being set up in 1969.

In 1971 the first one day international cricket match was played between England and Australia.  The 40 over game (with 8 balls an over) came about by accident on the fifth day of a rained-off test match, the teams decided to play a short form game to compensate the fans for a lack of test action, and also to fill the time.

First Cricket World Cup

cricket batsman in coloured kitThe new short form game was an immediate success with fans and by 1975 an inaugural World Cup was organised, known as the Prudential World Cup (due to sponsorship).  Held in England in June eight teams took part playing 60 over games (6 balls an over), they still played in whites using a red ball.  Back then the format was two groups of 4 teams with the top two from each group progressing to a semi-final and final stage.  West Indies won the first World Cup beating Australia by 17 runs at Lord’s.

The 1979 World Cup followed the same format however by this time the ICC Trophy has been introduced as a means to select countries for the World Cup that were not test playing nations.  Canada and Sri Lanka became the first teams to qualify this way.  The West Indies again won, this time beating England by 92 runs at Lord’s.

The late 70’s was also the time the World Series of Cricket competition was established.  This set the benchmark for many of the differences we now see in ODI cricket, such as coloured kits, floodlit matches, the white ball, dark screens, more camera angles for TV, on pitch microphones and graphics.  This helped set aside the shorter form of the game as a more vibrant, modern and fast paced version of cricket, which was later taken a notch further when Twenty 20 cricket was introduced.

For the 1983 World Cup, again played in England, a fielding circle was brought in at 30 yards from the stumps with a new rule stating 4 fielders must be inside the circle at all times.  India, initially priced at 66/1, won the World Cup beating double champions West Indies by 43 balls in the final.

First Hosts Outside Of England

cricket white odi ball sitting on grass

In 1987 the event was hosted outside of England for the first time with Pakistan and India sharing the responsibility.  The number of overs was reduced from 60 to 50 to fit the shorter daylight hours in the summer nearer the equator, the format stuck however and has remained the same since.  Australia won their first World Cup in a tense final beating England by just 7 runs.

By 1992 the international form of the game had caught up with the changes brought in over a decade ago during the World Series.  This meant the ball changed to white, coloured clothing was introduced, day/night fixtures were added and extra fielding restrictions introduced.  9 teams entered this time and the format changed to a single group round-robin followed by a semi-final and final.  Despite a poor start Pakistan came out victorious with a 22 run victory over the eternal also ran team, England.

In 1996 the tournament was again held in the sub-continent, split between Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.  12 teams competed in two groups of 6 with the top four teams from each entering a quarter-final, semi-final and final knockout stage.  Sri Lanka won their first world cup at their first attempt beating Australia comfortably by 7 wickets.

Australia Dominate

cricket australiaAustralia dominated the next three World Cups, winning the 12 team 1999 event in England, the 14 team 2003 World Cup in South Africa (that saw the introduction of the Super Sixes) and the 16 team, 4 group with a super 8 stage, tournament in 2007 held in the West Indies.   During this period Australia went 27 matches unbeaten.

The super 6/8 stage was an additional group stage before the knockout phase.  This was abandoned in 2011 in favour of going back two two groups followed by a knockout phase.  14 teams contested this time with 4 teams from each group entering a knockout at the quarter finals stage.  India, hosts along with Sri Lanka and Banglasesh (after Pakistan were stripped of their right to host due to a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009), won the event for the second time beating co-hosts Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand with 14 teams and the same structure as 2011.  The hosts met in the final but it was Australia who showed their class beating New Zealand by 7 wickets to claim their 5th title in 11 attempts.

England Win At Last In Dramatic Fashion

EnglandThe 2019 event saw a reduction to ten teams going back to one single group stage with all 10 teams playing a round-robin and the removal of the quarter final.  Despite making three finals previously and hosting the event for the fifth time England were yet to win a Cricket World.

England nearly failed to get out of the group stage with loses to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia, but a great showing against India an New Zealand in the final two games saw them through to the semis.  India lost unexpectedly to New Zealand and England beat Australia convincingly to set up a final that guaranteed a new first time world cup winner.

On a difficult wicket at Lords New Zealand posted 241-8, a total that seemed doable without too much fuss.  New Zealand however kept England in check and in dramatic style the match ended in a tie, for the first time ever, with England 241 all out.  This meant a Super Over had to be played.

England smashed 15 in the super over batting first and as if the contest couldn’t get any closer so did New Zealand, meaning England won by virtue of having hit more boundaries in the match.  Without doubt the closest and most epic final ever.

Cricket World Cup Trophy

The World Cup trophy was actually different for from 1975 to 1996, with a bespoke version made each time the sponsor changed.  In 1999 a permanent trophy was created featuring a golden globe in the shape of a cricket ball held aloft by three silver columns shaped in the form of stumps and bails.  It weighs a significant 11kg and stands 0.6 meters tall.

The original trophy is kept by the ICC with an inscription of all previous winners.  A replica trophy is given to each World Cup winner to keep.

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