2015 Cricket World Cup

The 2015 Cricket World Cup, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will begin on Saturday, February 14th 2015 and conclude with the Grand Final match on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup will be hosted across 14 different venues in 14 different cities throughout the two host nations. Australia will host 26 matches, including the Grand Final at the MCG. New Zealand will host 23 matches. The two semi finals will be held in Sydney and Auckland.

Bidding Process

The 2015 Cricket World Cup logo, incorporating traditional Australian and New Zealand art. Source: ICC.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup logo, incorporating traditional Australian and New Zealand art. Source: ICC.


The hosting rights were awarded at the same time as those for the 2011 and 2019 Cricket World Cups. The 2011 World Cup was awarded to four co-hosting nations, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The 2019 World Cup will be hosted by England and Wales.

Australia and New Zealand had originally made a bid for the 2011 World Cup. Their bid, titled “Beyond Boundaries”, was the only official bid received prior to the deadline, exhibited first-rate venues and considerable government support. Unfortunately, a late entry by the Asian nations (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) saw Australia and New Zealand’s bid fail at the voting stage (7 votes to 4). It seems the chief reason for this was the additional expected revenue that would be generated from an Asian hosted tournament.

Australia and New Zealand, however, were immediately granted the right to host the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Australia and New Zealand were also co-hosts for the 1992 Cricket World Cup, in which Pakistan emerged the victor.

2015 Cricket World Cup Tournament Format

The 2015 Cricket World Cup competition will take a format similar to other international competitions of this nature. There will be an initial round of 42 scheduled matches during which members of each of two pools will play all of the other teams in their pool. As such, each team will have 6 matches to determine who goes on to participate in the finals. At the conclusion of the initial 42 matches, the top four teams from each pool will advance to the finals. The bottom three teams from each pool are eliminated from the World Cup.

The final rounds are knockout rounds. There are four quarter finals, from which four winning teams will progress to two semi final matches. The two winners of the semi final matches then participate in a Grand Final to determine the winner of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

There are some concerns that 2015 will be the last year to involve a fourteen team format, with tournaments from 2019 onwards slated to have only ten participating teams.

2015 Cricket World Cup Teams

Attendance statistics do not include the 2015 Cricket World Cup or certain qualifiers for the 2019 Cricket World Cup (England) or 2023 Cricket World Cup (India).

Teams which were admitted to the 2015 Cricket World Cup outside of standard qualification as a full ICC member are not allocated an ICC rank. They qualified via either the World Cricket League Championship (Afghanistan & Ireland) or a World Cup Qualifier match (Scotland & UAE).

England

  • ICC Ranking: 1
  • World Cups Attended: 10
  • Best World Cup Result: Runners-Up (1979, 1987, 1992)

Australia

  • ICC Ranking: 4
  • World Cups Attended: 10
  • Best World Cup Result: Champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007)

Sri Lanka

  • ICC Ranking: 5
  • World Cups Attended: 10
  • Best World Cup Result: Champions (1996)

Bangladesh

  • ICC Ranking: 8
  • World Cups Attended: 4
  • Best World Cup Result: 7th (2007)

New Zealand

  • ICC Ranking: 9
  • World Cups Attended: 10
  • Best World Cup Result: 3rd (1992, 2007)

Afghanistan

  • ICC Ranking: –
  • World Cups Attended: 0
  • Best World Cup Result: –

Scotland

  • ICC Ranking: –
  • World Cups Attended: 2
  • Best World Cup Result: 12th (1999)

South Africa

  • ICC Ranking: 2
  • World Cups Attended: 6
  • Best World Cup Result: 3rd (1999)

India

  • ICC Ranking: 3
  • World Cups Attended: 10
  • Best World Cup Result: Champions (1983, 2011)

Pakistan

  • ICC Ranking: 6
  • World Cups Attended: 10
  • Best World Cup Result: Champions (1992)

West Indies

  • ICC Ranking: 7
  • World Cups Attended: 10
  • Best World Cup Result: Champions (1975, 1979)

Zimbabwe

  • ICC Ranking: 10
  • World Cups Attended: 8
  • Best World Cup Result: 5th (1999)

Ireland

  • ICC Ranking: –
  • World Cups Attended: 2
  • Best World Cup Result: 8th (2007)

United Arab Emirates

  • ICC Ranking: –
  • World Cups Attended: 1
  • Best World Cup Result: 11th (1996)