Cricket World Cup
ICC Cricket World Cup
The current ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy
One Day International
First tournament 1975
multiple (refer to article)
Number of teams 19
Australia (4 titles)
Glenn McGrath (71)
The Cricket World Cup is the premier inter-
national championship of men’s One Day In-
ternational (ODI) cricket. The event is organ-
ised by the sport’s governing body, the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC), with prelimin-
ary qualification rounds leading up to a finals
tournament which is held every four years.
The tournament is the world’s third largest
and most viewed sporting event. Ac-
cording to the ICC, it is the most important
tournament and the pinnacle of achievement
in the sport. The first Cricket World Cup
contest was organised in England in 1975. A
separate Women’s Cricket World Cup has
been held every four years since 1973.
The finals of the Cricket World Cup are
contested by all ten Test-playing and ODI-
playing nations, together with other nations
that qualify through the World Cup Qualifier.
Australia has been the most successful of the
five teams to have won the tournament, tak-
ing four titles. The West Indies have won
twice, while India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
have each won once.
The 2007 Cricket World Cup finals were
held between 13 March and 28 April 2007, in
the West Indies. The 2007 tournament had
sixteen teams competing in a pool stage
(played in round-robin format), then a "super
8" stage, followed by semi-finals and a final.
Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the final to
retain the championship.
Before the first Cricket World
The first ever international cricket match was
played between Canada and the United
States, on the 24th and 25th of September
1844. However, the first credited Test match
was played in 1877 between Australia and
England, and the two teams competed regu-
larly for The As