Know your 2019 World Cup venue: Old Trafford

Old Trafford entered the annals of cricket history when in 1956 England off-spinner Jim Laker returned record match figures of 19 for 90 against Australia in the fourth Ashes Test.

Formally known as Emirates Old Trafford for sponsorship reasons, the ground entered the annals of cricket history when in 1956 England off-spinner Jim Laker returned record match figures of 19 for 90 against Australia in the fourth Ashes Test.   -  afp

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 Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester will host the following matches: (All times in IST)

June 16 (Sunday): India vs Pakistan - Manchester - 3 p.m.

June 18 (Tuesday): England vs Afghanistan - Manchester - 3 p.m.

June 22 (Saturday): West Indies vs New Zealand - Manchester - 6 p.m.

June 27 (Thursday): West Indies vs India - Manchester - 3 p.m.

July 6 (Saturday): Australia vs South Africa - Manchester - 6 p.m.

July 9 (Tuesday): First semifinal - Manchester - 3 p.m.

 

Old Trafford

Formally known as Emirates Old Trafford for sponsorship reasons, the ground entered the annals of cricket history when in 1956 England off-spinner Jim Laker returned record match figures of 19 for 90 against Australia in the fourth Ashes Test.

The 19,000-capacity ground, built in 1857, was also the venue for the India-Pakistan thriller in the 1999 World Cup, when the Mohammed Azharuddin-led side beat its arch-rival by 47 runs. Venkatesh Prasad was named player of the match for his five for 27.

Trivia From Manchester

Rolls-Royce was born over a lunch in Manchester in 1904.   -  reuters

 

– Manchester is the birthplace of vegetarianism in Great Britain. More than 200 years ago, in a tiny chapel in Salford named – of all things – the Beefsteak Chapel, the Reverend William Cowherd (yes, really) first preached the virtues of a meat-free diet.

– The world’s first professional football league was founded in Manchester in 1888. The Football League originally ran from the autumn of 1888 until the spring of 1889. Twelve member clubs from the Midlands and the North of England all competed in the first league, including the Bolton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Everton.

– Ernest Rutherford was awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances” carried out at the University of Manchester.

– Rolls-Royce was born over a lunch in Manchester in 1904, when car salesman Charles Rolls met engineer Henry Royce at The Midland Hotel.