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The 2019 Cricket World Cup

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rivalries – situation of meaningful and ongoing competition between particular teams

round-robin – competition where every competitor plays against every other competitor

favourites – team that is most expected to win a competition

warm-up game – game that allows teams the chance to practise before competing in the main tournament

trophy – cup or other object given to the winners of a tournament or competition

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Which World Cup match is eagerly anticipated?


It’s cricket’s moment in the sun. The World Cup has forged some of the game’s most cherished memories and featured its biggest stars. And now for the first time in 20 years, England is playing host to the sport’s showpiece.

Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara played in four World Cups – and told me these are historic times for the game here.

Kumar Sangakkara, President, Marylebone Cricket Club

This is probably the most significant year in terms of cricket for England. You have the World Cup – and then you have one of the oldest rivalries in terms of the Ashes. What more can the MCC, Lords, spectators of world cricket and English cricket can ask for? It’s such an exciting time.

The ten teams play each other in a round-robin format before the top four contest semi-finals. 11 grounds will stage 48 matches across six and a half weeks of action. And 830,000 tickets have been sold.

Six matches will be played here at Old Trafford – including the eagerly-anticipated match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, for which there have been a remarkable 800,000 ticket applications. And even though Lancashire have built this 8000-seater temporary stand, this place could have been sold out for that game 32 times over.

Two years ago, England won the Women’s World Cup. Now the men are favourites to emulate them.

Having won their final warm-up game against Afghanistan, England are high on confidence. But true success depends on winning new fans, as well as cricket’s most coveted trophy.

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Which World Cup match is eagerly anticipated?

The match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is eagerly anticipated.

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