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  • 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

    Official logo of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

    Dates 14 February 29 March

    Administrator(s) International Cricket Council

    Cricket format One Day International



    Round-robin and Knockout

    Host(s) Australia

    New Zealand

    Champions Australia (5th title)

    Participants 14

    Matches played 48

    Attendance 1,011,402 (21,071 per match)

    Man of the


    Mitchell Starc

    Most runs Martin Guptill (547)

    Most wickets Mitchell Starc (22)

    Trent Boult (22)

    Official website Cricket World Cup


    2015 Cricket World CupFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The 2015 Cricket World Cup was the 11th Cricket World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015. Fourteen teams played 49matches in 14 venues, with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney while New Zealand hosted 23 games inAuckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.[1]

    The hosting rights were awarded at the same time as those of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which Australia and New Zealand had originally bid to host, and the 2019 CricketWorld Cup, which was awarded to England. The 2011 tournament was awarded to the four Asian Test cricket playing countries, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh(Pakistan later lost the co-hosting rights due to a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team). The International Cricket Council were sufficiently impressed with the trans-Tasman bidthat it was decided to award the next World Cup to Australia and New Zealand.[2][3] This was the second time the tournament was held in Australia and New Zealand, with thefirst being the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar was named as the 2015 Cricket World Cup Ambassador by the ICC for the second time, after 2011 Cricket World Cupwhere he was the ambassador.

    India were the defending champions, having won the tournament in 2011 when it was held in the Indian subcontinent, defeating Sri Lanka in the finals by 6 wickets. Tickets forthe Pool B match between India and Pakistan, played on 15 February 2015, reportedly sold out within 12 minutes of going on sale.[4]

    The final match of the tournament took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between co-hosts New Zealand and Australia in front of a record crowd of 93,013[5] while theaverage attendance throughout the tournament was 21,071.[6] Australia defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup .


    1 Host selection

    1.1 Bids

    2 Format

    3 Qualification

    4 Preparations

    4.1 Local organising committee

    4.2 Allocation of matches

    4.3 Visas

    4.4 Media and promotion

    4.4.1 Broadcasting rights

    5 Opening ceremony

    6 Prize money

    7 Venues

    8 Umpires

    9 Squads

    10 Warm-up matches

    11 Group stage

    11.1 Pool A

    11.2 Pool B

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  • 12 Knockout stage

    12.1 Quarter-finals

    12.2 Semi-finals

    12.3 Final

    13 Statistics

    13.1 Most runs

    13.2 Most wickets

    14 Controversies

    15 ODI retirements

    16 See also

    17 References

    18 External links

    Host selection


    The ICC announced the hosts for the previous World Cup, the 2011 competition, on 30 April 2006. Australia and New Zealand had also bid for the tournament and a successful Australasian bid for the 2011 World Cup would haveseen a 5050 split in games, with the final still up for negotiation. The Trans-Tasman bid, Beyond Boundaries, was the only bid for 2011 delivered to the ICC headquarters at Dubai before the 1 March deadline. Considerablemerits of the bid included the superior venues and infrastructure, and the total support of the Australian and New Zealand governments on tax and custom issues during the tournament, according to Cricket Australia chiefexecutive James Sutherland.[7] The New Zealand government had also assured that the Zimbabwean team would be allowed to take part in the tournament after political discussions about whether their team would be allowed totour Zimbabwe in 2005.[8]

    ICC President Ehsan Mani said that the extra time required by the Asian bloc to hand over its bid had harmed the four-nation bid. However, when it came to the voting, the Asians won by seven votes to four; according to thePakistan Cricket Board (PCB), it was the vote of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) that turned the matter. It was reported in Pakistani newspaper Dawn that the Asian countries promised to hold fundraising events for WestIndian cricket during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, which may have influenced the vote.[9] However, I.S. Bindra, chairman of the monitoring committee of the Asian bid, denied that, saying that it was their promise of extra profitsof US$400 million that swung the vote in their way.[10]

    The ICC was so impressed by the efficiency of the Trans-Tasman bid that they decided to award the next World Cup, to be held in 2015, to them.[11]

    Australia and New Zealand last jointly hosted the Cricket World Cup in 1992.


    The tournament featured 14 teams, the same number as the 2011 World Cup, giving associate and affiliate member nations a chance to participate.[12]

    The format was the same as the 2011 edition: 14 teams take part in the initial stages, divided into two groups of seven; the seven teams play each other once before the top four teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals.

    On 29 January 2015, ICC reinstated the use of the Super Over for Cricket World Cup Final match if the match finished as a tie.[13][14]


    Per ICC regulations, the 10 ICC full member nations qualify for the tournament automatically. Immediately after the 2011 World Cup, it was decided that the next tournament would be reduced to only feature the 10 fullmembers.[15] This was met with heavy criticism from a number of associate nations, especially from the Ireland cricket team, who had performed well in 2007 and 2011, including victories over Pakistan and England, both full

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  • Highlighted are the countries to participate in the 2015 Cricket

    World Cup.

    Qualified as full member of ICC

    Qualified via WCL or qualifier

    Participated in qualifying process but did not qualify

    member nations. Following support shown by the ICC Cricket Committee for a qualification process,[16] the ICC retracted their decision in June 2011 and decided that14 teams will participate in the 2015 World Cup, including four associate or affiliate member nations.[17]

    At the ICC Chief Executives' Committee meeting in September 2011, the ICC decided on a new qualifying format. The top two teams of the 201113 ICC WorldCricket League Championship qualify directly. The remaining six teams join the third and fourth-placed teams of 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Two and thetop two teams of 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in a 10-team World Cup Qualifier to decide the remaining two places.[18][19]

    On 9 July 2013, as a result of a tied match against the Netherlands, Ireland became the first country to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.[20] On 4 October 2013,Afghanistan qualified for their first Cricket World Cup after beating Kenya to finish in second place behind Ireland.[21]

    Scotland defeated the United Arab Emirates in the final of the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier and both teams qualified for the last two spots in the 2015 CricketWorld Cup.[22]

    Team Method ofqualificationPast


    appearance Previous best performance Rank[nb 1] Group


    Full member

    10 2011 Runners-up (1979, 1987, 1992) 1 A

    South Africa 6 2011 Semi-finals (1992, 1999, 2007) 2 B

    India 10 2011 Champions (1983, 2011) 3 B

    Australia 10 2011 Champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007) 4 A

    Sri Lanka 10 2011 Champions (1996) 5 A

    Pakistan 10 2011 Champions (1992) 6 B

    West Indies 10 2011 Champions (1975, 1979) 7 B

    Bangladesh 4 2011 Super 8 (2007) 8 A

    New Zealand 10 2011Semi-finals (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007,2011)

    9 A

    Zimbabwe 8 2011 Super 6 (1999, 2003) 10 B

    IrelandWCL Championship

    2 2011 Super 8 (2007) 11 B

    Afghanistan 0 12 A

    ScotlandWorld Cup Qualifier

    2 2007 Group stage (1999, 2007) 13 A

    United ArabEmirates

    1 1996 Group stage (1996) 14 B

    Full members' ranks are based on the ICC ODI Championship rankings as of 31 December 2012.1.


    Local organising committee

    In preparation for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the organising committee of the tournament was finalised. John Harnden was named chief executive,[23] James Strong as chairman,[24] and Ralph Waters was named as the deputychairman.[25]

    Allocation of matches

    When Australia and New Zealand bid for the 2011 Cricket World Cup in 2006, they said that it will see a 5050 split in games. Finally, it was decided on 30 July 2013 that Australia would host 26 matches, while New Zealand gota share of 23 matches in the tournament. There was a tense battle between Melbourne and Sydney to host the final.[26] On 30 July 2013, it was announced that Melbourne will host the final, with Sydney and Auckland hosting the

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