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Early Preview of the 2019 Cricket World Cup with Odds and Predictions

| March 7, 2019 12:00 am PDT
2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Betting Preview

England is the place to be for cricket this summer as the Ashes is hosted by the country that gave the sport to the world.

But before the huge test series against Australia, there is also the not insignificant matter of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Taking place over seven weeks from the end of May, ten nations will compete in the 50 over one day international format of the game to decide who will be crowned as World champions on July 14th.

This is the 12th edition of the tournament that has been held roughly every four years since 1975. It’s the fifth time that England has hosted (twice with the help of Wales), but it has never won the trophy. Could this be its year?

In this 2019 Cricket World Cup preview, I’m going to take a look at some of the ten countries competing and see who the real contenders will be this summer.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Latest Odds

All the teams involved will be playing one day internationals between now and the start of the competition, but the bookmakers can use recent games and the ICC rankings to offer the following prices to win the World Cup.

These are the latest odds from Betway to win the ICC Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand9.00
South Africa9.00
West Indies17.00
Sri Lanka41.00

England is the number-one-ranked country in the world in the 50 over format at the moment, and given that it is hosting the event as well, the tag of favorites is justified. But England does have a history of choking in this competition, so it’s not a foregone conclusion by a long way.

In fact, any one of around six nations can claim to have a good chance of lifting the trophy aloft at Lord’s in July.

Even the West Indies — who had to qualify for this year’s tournament — has beaten England in their recent one day international series and will have the incredible Chris Gayle playing in his last-ever international tournament. Any cricket fan will tell you that he will want to go out with a bang.

Favorites for the 2019 Cricket World Cup

All 10 teams will play each other in a round robin group stage at the start of the tournament with the top four nations qualifying for the knockout rounds. This plays into the hands of the established, top-ranking countries as it gives them enough time to get any nerves or mistakes out of their systems with enough games to make up for early errors.

So, theoretically, the top four ranked countries will qualify for the semi-finals. But with such parity among the top one day teams in the world at the moment, it could be very close to call. Here’s who I think has a real chance of going through.


It wouldn’t even be a surprise if England lost one or two games against supposedly weaker opposition, but a top-four finish in the group stage seems very likely.

Wicketkeeper and batsman Jos Butler really comes into his own in this shorter format and could be the one to lead the charge. Moeen Ali will probably play a big part in any England success as well, but it is Eoin Morgan who captains the one day side, and he could end up being the one who finally lifts the ICC Cricket World Cup.


The defending champions are not in the same bracket as the all-conquering Aussie one day side of the late 1990s to mid-2000s but must be considered as serious contenders this summer.

The prospect of David Warner and Steve Smith returning to the fold after serving their one-year bans after the ball-tampering scandal is an intriguing subplot, and it will be interesting to see how they fit back into the team. These two are hugely important to Australia’s chances, and expectations are high.


The shorter formats of the game are massively popular in India, and the nation will be desperate for Virat Kohli to lead his team to glory in the summer.

Second favorites only due to England’s hosting of the event, India must be regarded as having a great chance of success — and winning its third World Cup. India has beaten both Australian and New Zealand in recent one day series’, so confidence will be sky high.

Other Top Contenders for the 2019 Cricket World Cup

New Zealand

The Kiwis went all the way to the final in 2015 but were then beaten comprehensively by Australia — and that has been a familiar tale throughout World Cup history for New Zealand. The country has made it to six semi-finals — alongside that final to forget — and bookmakers seem to think it will be between them and South Africa to make up the final four this time around.

The bulk of the squad is the same as the one that went so close four years ago, and they will be looking to fast bowler Lockie Ferguson in particular to help them progress.

South Africa

This could be a tough tournament for South Africa. Their teams have never really clicked when it matters most at the World Cups of the past, and AB De Villiers’ retirement last year will have a huge impact on the Proteas’ chances of success in England and Wales.

South Africa plays England and India in two of its first three games of the tournament, and if things don’t go to plan, it could be facing the prospect of a premature exit at the end of the group stage.

Outsiders for the Cricket World Cup 2019

Pakistan and the West Indies will be hopeful of qualifying for the final four, and the Windies’ recent performances against England will certainly fill the side with confidence, but both could find it hard navigating their way out of the group stage.

For a real outside bet, I’m really interested to see how Afghanistan gets on in only its second-ever World Cup. The team only managed one victory in 2015 — against Scotland — but could surprise a few more teams this year.

It’s probably unlikely that Afghanistan will make it to the semi-final stage, but it could have a major say in who does. There is always some kind of upset at a World Cup, and Afghanistan is the only real underdog in this ten-nation tournament.

Final Words

The scheduling of a cricket World Cup in England and Wales in May is a bold move by the ICC, and the weather could almost have a bigger effect on the tournament than some of the nations taking part.

But hopefully this year’s competition will promote the one day format of the game at a time when it is starting to disappear from the public’s consciousness, especially in the host nation itself.

With T20 and the new, much-derided 100 ball version of the game getting all the attention recently, it will be good to see cricket fans getting excited about one of the highlights of the sport’s calendar.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is always an entertaining tournament, and this year’s edition is sure to be no exception. Keep an eye out, as we will bring you more updates on the betting markets closer to the start of the tournament.

Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

As a fan of Nottingham Forest, New York Knicks, Minnesota Vikings and New York Mets, Dan has not had much to celebrate recently.

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