World Cup cricket returned to England after a gap of 16 years as they played host to the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup along with a few games conducted in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands. The month-long cricketing extravaganza saw the biggest names of cricket descend in the UK between 14th May and 20th June. Due to the efforts of the England and Wales Cricket Board, the whole tournament was a huge affair with spectators coming from all parts of the globe and more than 1000 newspapers, magazine and television channels covering the event. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule in PDF: Ticket Prices, Dates, Venue Details & Timetable Available for Download Online.
Participating Teams and Format: The nine participating full members were India, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, England, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Kenya, Scotland and debutants Bangladesh were part of the associate teams to make it to the competition. The 12 teams were divided into two pools with the top three teams advancing to the super six. In this stage, the qualified teams from Pool A met their counterparts from Pool B. The top four teams then progressed to the semi-final. Cricket World Cup History: Winners, Host Nations, Participating Teams and Timeline of All the CWC From 1975 to 2015.
Semi-Finalists: New Zealand played Pakistan in the first semi-final in Manchester which the men in green won convincingly. Chasing a target of 242, Pakistan reached home with nine wickets to spare. The second semi-final saw the South Africans play Australia in a game that to this date has no parallels in terms of drama. Allan Donald’s suicidal run out on the last ball ensured the game ended in a tie with the Oz progressing due to their better head to head record in the super six. History of Cricket World Cup Trophy: Facts and Evolution of Cricket’s Prestigious Title From Prudential to ICC (View Pics & Video).
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Winner: Shane Warne’s dramatic spell with the bowl bowled out Pakistan for a paltry 132 in the finals which was never going to challenge the Aussies. Adam Gilchrist hit a fine fifty helping his country lift their second World Cup. Pakistan may have played well throughout the campaign but it was no match against the mighty Australians on the big day.