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Cricket World Cup History
 
 
 

First Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup was first held in 1975 in England, which was the only nation that was able to present the resources to organize an event of this magnitude. The first three tournaments were officially known as the Prudential Cup after the financial services company Prudential plc, which sponsored the event.

The matches were 60 overs per team and played with the white uniform and red balls. Eight teams participated in the first World Cup: Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan and India (the six test countries at the time) with Sri Lanka and a team of East Africa.

A notable omission was the South African cricket team was not competing for the international sports boycott. West Indies won the first Cricket World Cup by defeating Australia by 17 runs in the fina
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Second Cricket World Cup

The second Cricket World Cup held in 1979 was again presented by England. Cricket World Cup saw the introduction of the ICC Trophy, a competition for teams not playing test matches for the Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka and Canada qualified through the ICC Trophy in 1979.

West Indies again won the Cricket World Cup, defeating England by 92 runs.

Third Cricket World Cup

The third Cricket World Cup held in 1983 in England again (third time). This time, Sri Lanka has become a test playing nation, Zimbabwe qualified through the ICC Trophy. India was crowned champion after altering the West Indies by 43 runs in the final.
   
 

Fourth Cricket World Cup

The fourth Cricket World Cup held in 1987 in India and Pakistan was the first Cricket World Cup hosted outside England. The games were reduced from 60 to 50 overs per innings, the current standard, because the daylight hours shorter in the subcontinent compared with England. Australia won the championship by defeating England by 7 runs, the closest margin so far in the history of the Cup final.

Fifth Cricket World Cup

The fifth Cricket World Cup held in 1992 by Australia and New Zealand brought many changes to the game, such as colored clothing, white balls, day and night, and with a change in the fielding restrictions. It was the first tournament that South Africa's cricket team played after the end of the international sports boycott. Referred as "Cornered Tigers” at the time, Pakistan overcame a slow start to emerge as winners, defeating England by 22 runs in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Sixth Cricket World Cup

The 1996 Cricket World Cup held in India and Pakistan for the second time with the inclusion of Sri Lanka as the venue for some of their matches in the group stage.

In the field, sub-abrasive and dry as a result of conditions optimal batting early in the innings before the ball became softer and more difficult to strike. Of the top five run scorers, four were opening batsmen, Mark Waugh became the first batsman to score three centuries in a cricket world cup. Spinners were the most effective, with four of the six main wicket-takers. The quarterfinals were co-hosts India and Pakistan meet in Bangalore. After Pakistan Captain Wasim Akram withdrew due to injury, Ajay Jadeja hit 40 of the last two overs of Waqar Younis, setting Pakistan a target of 288. Pakistan were well on 109 /1, but after Aamer Sohail confronted taunted Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad after striking a boundary, Prasad bowled him immediately after, sparking a collapse of 3/19, all to Prasad. After falling 39 runs short, the Government of Pakistan launched an investigation into the performance, after angry protests from public that left one person dead, and match-fixing allegations were leveled at Wasim Akram. In the quarterfinals the other hand, Australia and Sri Lanka beat New Zealand and England, respectively, while South Africa, who were previously undefeated, were angered by the West Indies.

In the semifinal, Sri Lanka headed to a landslide victory over India at Eden Gardens (Calcutta), after the hosts fell to 120/8 of those 98/1 in pursuit of 252, claimed victory by default after riots broke out in protest against the performance of India. In the second semi-final in Mohali, Australia defeated the West Indies after the Windies team has lost their last seven players for 29 runs in their run-chase. Sri Lanka was to claim the inaugural championship by defeating favorites Australia in the final seven wickets, which was held in Lahore. Tension remained between the two teams after the Australian series with Sri Lanka captain Ranatunga held Australian leg spinner Shane Warne in the media before the game, and proceed to put his tongue in Warne during the game after hitting a six. Aravinda de Silva was named man of the match.

Seventh Cricket World Cup

The seventh Cricket World Cup held in 1999 returned to England after sixteen years, with some matches also took place in Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands. After losing two games in the group stage, one of the favorite, Australia needed to avoid defeat in seven straight games to win the title. Later, they had to beat South Africa in the final Super Six match at Headingley. After South Africa had reached 271, Australia were struggling when captain Steve Waugh hit a ball straight to Herschelle Gibbs, who dropped it after trying to throw the ball in celebration of air, causing the tongue of Waugh that he had "fallen World Cup. " Waugh hit a century to guide Australia without losing their target in their Super Six match against South Africa by the end of the final ball. Australia took on South Africa again into the semi-final and sent a target of 213. South Africa needed nine runs in the final with a wicket remaining, with the man of the tournament Lance Klusener on strike. The first two balls hit to the fence, leaving the one run of the other four balls. However, confusion between Klusener and Donald on the fourth ball saw Donald drop his bat and stranded mid-step while they last. The match was a draw, allowing Australia to advance to the final due to earlier results. In the other semifinal of Pakistan, which had ranked first in the Group and Super Six stage, defeated New Zealand by nine wickets. In the final Australia dismissed Pakistan for 132 and reached the finish in just over 20 acquisitions, with eight wickets in hand.

Eighth Cricket World Cup

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya hosted the eighth Cricket World Cup in 2003. There are fourteen countries participating in this world cup instead of twelve . Due to political pressure and security, respectively, Zimbabwe and Kenya were awarded their matches against England and New Zealand respectively, after the latter teams forfeited the matches. Kenya wins against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, among others, along with New Zealand helped them lose a place in the semifinal against India, the best result by an associate. India went on to defeat the Kenyans to set up a final against Australia in Johannesburg, who had beaten Sri Lanka in the other semifinal. In the final, Australia made 359 runs for the loss of two wickets, the largest ever total in a final, to defeat India by 125 runs.

Ninth Cricket World Cup

In 2007, the ninth Cricket World Cup was organized by the West Indies. The Cricket World Cup became the first tournament to be hosted on all six populated continents of Europe (1975, 1979, 1983, 1999), Asia (1987, 1996), Australia (1992), Africa (2003), North and South America (2007). Ireland making his debut in World Cup ties with Zimbabwe and defeated Pakistan to reach the second round, where he beat Bangladesh to be promoted to the main table ODI. After losing to Ireland, Australia beat Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs (D/L), in farcical light conditions, extending their unbeaten streak in World Cup to 29 matches and winning three straight World Cups.

Tenth Cricket World Cup

The tenth Cricket World Cup to be held between February 19 and April 02, 2011. Tournament will be co-hosted by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. There are 14 countries participating in the tournament.


 
 
 
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