ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Preview & Betting Guide

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The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup held quadrennially is the 50 Over format of the game. India hosted the 2023 edition and the defending champions are Australia.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Preview & Betting Guide
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James has worked for the jockey club and has 20 years sports betting experience he utilises his skills in our tipster competitions and writes sports betting content.

Introduction

In this ICC Cricket World Cup Preview we look ahead to the 13th edition of this tournament which began in 1975, this tournament is the 50 Over format of the one day game. The following Cricket World Cup topics are covered in these sections:

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Information

When is the 2027 Cricket World Cup ?

The 2027 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup takes place across October and November in 2027, the exact tournament dates will be confirmed in due course.

Which country hosts the 2027 Cricket World Cup ?

The 2027 ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled to have a trio of hosts, South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia.

Are the 2027 Cricket World Cup matches live on TV?

The TV schedule is to be confirmed in due course.

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ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Betting Odds

Who are favourites to win the 2027 ICC Cricket World Cup?

Six time World Cup winners Australia are the defending champions after surprising hosts India in the 2023 final. OLBG's cricket experts showing the best profit over the last twelve months for cricket betting tips provide their Cricket World Cup picks over on the Best Cricket Tipsters page.

World Cup 2027 17 May @ 14:55 - Outright Winner
India 3.75
Australia 4.50
England 6.50
South Africa 7.50
New Zealand 10.00
Pakistan 12.00
West Indies 17.00
Sri Lanka 17.00
Afghanistan 41.00
Bangladesh 41.00

Who will win the 2027 ICC Cricket World Cup?

Defending champions Australia will be popular to add a seventh ICC Cricket World Cup trophy to their roll of honour. Co-hosts South Africa are also likely to figure highly in the thoughts of OLBG's cricket tipsters who provide Cricket World Cup predictions on the tournament winner and the matches throughout the event so head over check to the Cricket tips page before finalising your Cricket World Cup bets.

How can I place a bet on the 2027 Cricket World Cup?

If you are a rookie when it comes to betting on cricket and would like to arm yourself with a little more information before starting out then take a few minutes to read our Cricket Betting Advice article which includes the basics of cricket and the betting markets available.

We have also produced a Best Cricket Betting Sites article which details a list of the best bookmakers for Cricket betting in the UK. Topics include best cricket odds, best market availability and best customer promotions and bookie offers. Worth a look before placing your Cricket World Cup bets as you may be able to take advantage of the latest bookie promos with your Cricket World Cup betting.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Format

How many teams will play in the Cricket World Cup?

A total of 10 Cricket nations comprising 15 players in each squad participated in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, these included the winning most nation Australia who were successful again. Surprisingly the West Indies, the first winners of the Cricket World Cup back in 1975 missed out on qualifying for the tournament.

Schedule

The first stage is a round robin where all 10 teams play each other once in a 50 Over game. It is 2 points for a win and 1 point apiece for a no result, the top four nations at the end of the Group Stage progress to the Semi-Finals (1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd). If there is a tie for any group positions then the number of wins takes precedence followed by Net Run Rate and then head to head result. For the latest Cricket World Cup news head over to the official ICC Cricket World Cup website.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Teams

Here is a look at the ten teams who participated in the last ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. They are listed in ODI Ranking order with their top batsman and bowler ODI Player rankings (correct 29th September 2023):

India (hosts)

  • ODI Ranking: 1
  • Best ICC World Cup: Won (1983 & 2011)
  • Top Batsman: Shubman Gill (2)
  • Top Bowler: Mohammed Siraj (1)

Pakistan

  • ODI Ranking: 2
  • Best ICC World Cup: Won (1992) 
  • Top Batsman: Babar Azam (1)
  • Top Bowler: Shaheen Afridi (8)

Australia

  • ODI Ranking: 3
  • Best ICC World Cup: Won (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 & 2015)
  • Top Batsman: David Warner (6)
  • Top Bowler: Josh Hazlewood (2)

South Africa

  • ODI Ranking: 4
  • Best ICC World Cup: Semi Final
  • Top Batsman: Rassie van der Dussen (3)
  • Top Bowler: Keshav Maharaj (14)

England

  • ODI Ranking: 5
  • Best ICC World Cup: Won (2019)
  • Top Batsman: Dawid Malan (14)
  • Top Bowler: Chris Woakes (12)

New Zealand

  • ODI Ranking: 6
  • Best ICC World Cup: Runner Up
  • Top Batsman: Kane Williamson (28)
  • Top Bowler: Trent Boult (5)

Sri Lanka

  • ODI Ranking: 7
  • Best ICC World Cup: Won (1996)
  • Top Batsman: Charith Asalanka (27)
  • Top Bowler: Maheesh Theekshana (16)

Bangladesh

  • ODI Ranking: 8
  • Best ICC World Cup: Quarter Final
  • Top Batsman: Mushfiqur Rahim (21)
  • Top Bowler: Shakib Al Hasan (17)

Afghanistan

  • ODI Ranking: 9
  • Best ICC World Cup: Group Stage
  • Top Batsman: Ibrahim Zadran (18)
  • Top Bowler: Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3)

Netherlands

  • ODI Ranking: 14
  • Best ICC World Cup: Group Stage
  • Top Batsman: Scott Edwards (39)
  • Top Bowler: Logan van Beek (51)

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Table

RankTeamP-W-L-TPoints
1India9-9-0-018
2South Africa9-7-2-014
3Australia9-7-2-014
4New Zealand9-5-4-010
5Pakistan9-4-5-08
6Afghanistan9-4-5-08
7England9-3-6-06
8Bangladesh9-2-7-04
9Sri Lanka9-2-7-04
10Netherlands9-2-7-04

Semi Finals

  • India beat New Zealand by 70 runs
  • Australia beat South Africa by 3 wickets

Final

  • Australia beat India by 6 wickets

ICC Cricket World Cup Tipster Competition

If you are successful with your cricket bets and would like to test yourself against OLBG's cricket tipsters then please do join in by adding your Cricket World Cup tips in our Cricket World Cup Tipster Competition which is FREE to enter and offers a cash prize fund of £200 with 13 prizes in total and a £50 top prize to the tipster finishing the competition with the highest level stakes profit (LSP).

In addition to this Cricket World Cup Tipster Competition and the T20 World Cup Tipster Competition we run a monthly Cricket Tipster Competition with a total of £135 available in cash prizes to be won.

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Previous ICC Cricket World Cup Winners

Who won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023?

Australia won the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup defeating hosts India in the final by 6 wickets. India batted first posting a total of 240 all out, Australia reached India's total with seven overs to spare and six wickets in hand.

Who has won the ICC Cricket World Cup the most times?

Australia hold the record having won the ICC Cricket World Cup on six occasions, their first success came in 1987 before three consecutive victories in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Their only success on home soil came in 2015 and they surprised hosts India in the 2023 final.

Here are the last 10 ICC Cricket World Cup winners:

YearWinnerRunner UpMargin of VictoryVenue
2023AustraliaIndia6 WicketsAhmedabad, India
2019EnglandNew ZealandBoundary CountbackLord's, England
2015AustraliaNew Zealand7 WicketsMelbourne, Australia
2011IndiaSri Lanka6 WicketsMumbai, India
2007AustraliaSri Lanka53 Runs (D/L Method)Bridgetown, West Indies
2003AustraliaIndia125 RunsJohannesburg, South Africa
1999AustraliaPakistan8 WicketsLord's, England
1996Sri LankaAustralia7 WicketsLahore, Pakistan
1992PakistanEngland22 RunsMelbourne, Australia
1987AustraliaEngland7 RunsKolkata, India

Contributor Information

We take great pride in the information provided in our cricket betting previews and the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Preview & Betting Guide is no exception. James and Dan work seamlessly together to collate and present the data in this superb guide to this event

James Banting

Cricket Tips and Event Manager

As the manager of our cricket tipsters and event preview blogs, James keeps a keen and meticulous track of the stats and results, updating them promptly following every event. His role also entails prepping our resources for all cricket events throughout the calendar. James has amassed a treasure trove of expertise and acumen in cricket betting. Be it a question from the team or the members, James stands as the go-to cricket savant, readily fielding all inquiries with his insight.

- James Banting, Tipster competition assistant

Dan Tracey

OLBG Data Scientist

Dan's specialist area is data; and lots of it! Wherever we need numbers to create our unique deep dive articles, Dan is our go-to.

- Dan Tracey, Data scientist and football editor

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