The 2019 ICC World Cup is just a year away and the ten teams taking part in the tourney would have prioritized their strategies and their playing combinations ahead of the tournament. They just have 365 days to get things right and go into the tournament high on confidence.
Hosts England, holders Australia, former Champions India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, reigning ICC Champions Trophy champions Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand and Bangladesh have earned direct qualification while West Indies and Afghanistan had to play in the ICC World Cup qualifiers and book their spot.
The Indian team led by Virat Kohli is one of the strong contenders as they have a balanced unit that has some world-class batsmen and bowlers. England has been dominant in the format for a while now and they will be looking to put on a show in their own backyard.
South Africa go into an ICC tournament as one of the favorites and if they manage to hold their nerves in the crunch situations, they can go on to do something special. Pakistan and New Zealand are very unpredictable in these kinds of tournaments while Australia’s chances depend on the availability of their star batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith.
With the tournament scheduled to have a round-robin format followed by the semis, the teams won’t be having easy matches to book their place in the knockouts.
With a balanced squad at their disposal, hosts England, India, South Africa and New Zealand look good to reach the semis. It won’t be a surprise if Pakistan manages to reach the last four.
Going into the tournament, both England and India are the favorites and with the home support backing them, one can put their money on England winning their maiden ICC World Cup.