Held every four years, the ICC World Cup is the flagship event of international cricket. The tournament sees countries from across the world line up in a competition which lasts one-and-a-half months. The tournament had its origins back in 1975, with England hosting the event just four years after the introduction of ODI cricket. Now, the ICC World Cup is considered the third biggest sporting event in world sport, with only the FIFA World Cup and Summer Olympics exceeding it. It’s been reported that television rights for the 2011 and 2015 editions sold for in excess of $1.1 billion (US).
Those who compete in the event are the ten full members of the ICC and nations which are associate and affiliate members who have qualified. The non-members can only qualify for the event through the sub-tournament, the ICC World Cup Qualifier.
The most successful performance from a non-member team came in 2003 when the Kenyan cricket side stunned a host of countries to progress to the semi-finals. They were knocked out by eventual runners-up India after posting just 179 runs. Australia is the most successful nation overall, winning five of the 11 World Cups held, including a famous treble from 1999 to 2007.
|2015||AUSTRALIA||NEW ZEALAND||7 WICKETS|
|2011||INDIA||SRI LANKA||6 WICKETS|
|2007||AUSTRALIA||SRI LANKA||53 RUNS|
|1996||SRI LANKA||AUSTRALIA||7 WICKETS|
|1983||INDIA||WEST INDIES||43 RUNS|
|1979||WEST INDIES||ENGLAND||92 RUNS|