ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Fire at Eden Gardens to Javed Miandad's Jumping Incident, Shocking Controversies That Rocked The Mega Event Over the Years! (Watch Video)

Dhairya Ingle

Controversies have been a part of all the major sporting events to date. The game of cricket too has had many controversies which have grabbed the headlines especially during a mega-event like the World Cup. Regardless of the place and the country, the event has been hosted,  controversies have headlined at almost every edition of the World Cup.  ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule in PDF: Ticket Prices, Dates, Venue Details & Timetable Available for Download Online.

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The 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup will be held at England and begin soon on May 30. The first match will be held between England and South Africa. Ahead of the mega-event let’s have a look at the controversies that dominated every newspaper and shocked the fans all-round the globe.

Javed Miandad vs Kiran More (1992)

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 It was during the 1992 World Cup which was held in Australia that Javed Miandad got into a war of words with Kiran More after the Indian wicket-keeper’s constant appeal. In order to mock More, he jumped down the pitch and everyone around had a hearty laugh. India eventually won the match by 42 runs.

Riot Breaks Out at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (1996)

The visuals at the riots of Eden Gardens in Kolkata still remain fresh in the archives of our memories. It semi-final clash between Sri Lanka and India match in Kolkata where the hosts won the toss and elected to field. Following the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar on 65 runs, the Indian team scored 120 runs for the loss of eight wickets. The crowd over there started throwing bottles and lit a fire at the stadium. The officials could not bring the crowd under control and finally, Sri Lanka was adjudged as the winner of the match.

West Indies and Australia Refuse to Play in Sri Lanka (1996)

Both West Indies and Australia both refused to play in Sri Lanka due to security reasons in the World Cup 1996. The teams were given safety assurances by the ICC but they refused to budge. A couple of games were awarded to Sri Lanka and they qualified for the quarter-finals.

Shane Warne fails the drug test – 2003

The Australian great Shane Warne sent home just a day before the start of the tournament as he failed the drug test. Warne said he was innocent but was still sent home.

Re-toss During World Cup 2011

It was during the finals of 2011 when India faced Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. MS Dhoni flipped the coin, and Kumar Sangakkara called what Dhoni thought was tails. The coin landed heads, and Dhoni promptly told Ravi Shastri that India would like to bat first. Match referee Jeff Crowe said he didn’t hear what Sanga said and therefore the toss has to redone.

The Indian cricket team will play their first game on June 5, 2019, and Virat Kohli and men will leave for England on May 22, 2019.