World Cup 2019 in retrospect
Just late ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be remembered for its multi-dimensional uniqueness. The 12th edition of the tournament hosted by England and Wales inducted the new crown for the next four years.
45-match group stage!
10 cricket super powers engaged in the 48-match affair that took 46 days to decide the new champions. The tournament is inimitable from many aspects. ICC reintroduced the old format of group stage games which was not seen after 1992 before this mega carnival. All the teams met each other and top four sides qualified for the play-offs.
To ensure unerring cricket, the ICC initiated new technologies in World Cup cricket including the use of Hawkeye and Snickometer.
Still umpiring created much debate all through the World Cup. High profile umpires like Aleem Dar, Kumara Dharmashena and Ian Gold claimed headlines for man-made errors.
Bangla on ICC socials
For social media coverage, the ICC picked Bangla, Hindi and Urdu alongside English language for the first time in men's cricket World Cup. Earlier in November last year during ICC Women's Tewnty20 World Cup 2018 in West Indies, ICC decided to deliver news on social media using Bangla and Hindi beside English.
Why during the English summer!
The unpredictable English summer bequest new champions but is highly condemned for rain interruptions throughout the tournament. Four matches were washed away by rain and results of three of the games were determined curtailing overs. The first semifinal of the tournament rolled to reserved day. Cloud floated over grounds almost every day and threatened to interrupt cricket. ICC's decision to stage the mega event during June-July has been highly criticised, which can be arranged in April-May to ensure persistent cricket.
The World witnessed 300 plus scores 27 times in this World Cup. England's 397 for six was the top score of the tournament and they amassed the run-pile against Afghanistan while Pakistan were the side to post the lowest team total of 105 against West Indies. Seven cricketers amassed more than 500 runs. India's Rohit Sharma is the leading scorer with 648 next to his name. David Warner of Australia (647) and Shakib Al Hasan (606) are the next two top run getters.
Farewell to legends
Legendary cricketers including Bangladesh skipper Mshrafe Bin Mortaza, Indian genius MS Dhoni, Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga, Caribbean six-machine Chris Gayle, Proteas leggy Imran Tahir and pacer Dale Steyn have called their World Cup cricket off. Yuvraj Singh also retired after being dropped from World Cup squad. Shoeb Malik of Pakistan signed off his cricket career during their last World Cup match against Bangladesh. Ross Taylor of New Zealand, Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan, Hashim Amla and JP Dumini of South Africa will go to retirement at any point of career and possibly before the next World Cup.
Waiting for WC 2023 begins
The next World Cup will take place in Asia, more precisely in India. Bangladesh Cricket Board president recently informed media that there have some possibilities for Bangladesh to co-host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.