The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be held in England and Wales from May 30, 2019 to July 14, 2019.
The first round of the tournament will see 10 teams — England (hosts), Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and West Indies — play against each other. The top four teams will progress to the semifinals.
The Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham will host the following matches: (All times in IST)
England played its 1,000th Test match against India at this 25,000-capacity stadium in August 2018. The ground, built in 1882, witnessed what is arguably one of the most engrossing ODIs ever played: in the 1999 World Cup semifinals, Steve Waugh’s Australia played out a sensational tie against Hansie Cronje’s South Africa. South Africa was knocked out, and Australia went on to beat Pakistan in the final.
In 2005, Edgbaston hosted the second Ashes Test that England won by two runs to level the series and turn the momentum, eventually winning the coveted urn 2-1.
Trivia from Birmingham
– John Cadbury established his eponymous company in Birmingham in 1824, selling tea, coffee and drinking chocolate. Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is believed to have been inspired by his experience of Cadbury’s.
– J. R. R. Tolkien moved to Birmingham at age three with his mother and brother, and lived their till he was drafted into the army during World War I. The rolling hills of the countryside inspired his description of the Shire in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
– Scottish inventor James Watt, after whom the unit of power is named, developed the concept of horsepower and worked on his design of a steam engine in Birmingham.
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