The tournament represents the 12th staging of the Cricket World Cup, with 48 matches played across 11 venues in 45 days.
Lord’s will play host to the final, with Edgbaston and Old Trafford both playing host to semi-finals. Group games will be played at the three aforementioned grounds, plus Bristol’s County Ground, Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens, the Riverside Ground in Chester-Le-Street, Headingley in Leeds, The Oval in London, Nottingham’s Trent Bridge, Southampton’s Rose Bowl and Taunton’s County Ground.
The hosts with the most?
Sports betting sites already have their outright markets live so fans can bet on who they believe will win the tournament.
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the host nation has been installed as the pre-tournament favourite to win the title.
England are priced at 11/4 favourites with Mr Green to win the competition on home soil, with two-time winners India second favourites at 3/1.
Defending champions Australia are currently set as 5/1 third favourites as they bid to extend their remarkable record in the tournament.
The Baggy Greens are the most dominant nation in Cricket World Cup history, with five World Cup wins and four tournament wins from the last five World Cups staged. No other nation has won the tournament more than twice, with the West Indies and India both claiming a pair of titles each.
And, in the last World Cup, back in 2015, Australia beat local rivals New Zealand by seven wickets in Melbourne to capture the title and head into next year’s tournament as defending champions.
The hottest ticket in town
The tournament has attracted an incredible 2.5 million ticket requests as fans from around the world flocked to the online ticketing portal in a desperate bid to secure their seats for the tournament. And the trophy itself is generating plenty of buzz as it continues its world tour.
The trophy departed the ICC headquarters in Dubai on August 27 and, by the time the tour finishes, it will have visited each of the competing nations, as well as emerging cricketing nations Nepal, United States and Germany.
The tournament will also be a part of the ICC’s aim to inspire and engage one million young people aged between five and 12.
The Cricket World Cup Schools Programme will target 70,000 school children in England and Wales as the ICC looks to encourage and inspire the next generation of cricket stars in the host nations.
The action all begins on Thursday, May 30 2019 at The Oval, where England take on South Africa in the tournament curtain-raiser, while Australia kick off their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on Saturday, June 1 in Bristol.
ICC World Cup 2019: Australia’s Games
June 1 – Australia vs Afghanistan – County Ground, Bristol
June 6 – Australia vs West Indies – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 9 – Australia vs India – The Oval, London
June 12 – Australia vs Pakistan – County Ground, Taunton
June 15 – Australia vs Sri Lanka – The Oval, London
June 20 – Australia vs Bangladesh – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 25 – England vs Australia – Lord’s, London
June 29 – Australia vs New Zealand – Lord’s, London
July 6 – Australia vs South Africa – Old Trafford, Manchester