During this ICC World cup, the format will be different from the previous years. After 27 years, ICC is bringing back the format that they had in place during the 1992 world cup. 10 teams are participating in this tournament and they will be playing against each other. This means that each team will play 9 matches. This is known as the round-robin format, in which each team will play against all fellow teams rather than just playing with the group teams.
This format for the tournament has been criticized by some people because all teams that play test cricket will not be participating in the tournament. It can only be seen during the world cup whether these concerns were legit or not. England is playing in this world cup as the whole team while other teams that automatically qualified were South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, India, Australia, West Indies, and Afghanistan.
How will the 2019 Tournament Progress?
During the 2011 and 2015 tournament, the teams were divided into two groups. Each team had to play 6 matches will the group mates and the top four teams went to the knockout stage. In this stage, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals took place. Now, in the 2019 world cup, the team have been reduced from 14 to 10 and it is the second time since 1992 that single group round-robin format is being used.
Winning teams will be selected from a single group and they will play against each other in the semifinals and the final match. Teams will be under pressure this year because there will be no quarterfinals and 4 teams will go straight to the semifinals. So, let’s see how this turns out.