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[Cricket] World Cup 2019 Countdown – 1 Month To Go!

Come the 30th of May, the highly anticipated 12th ICC Cricket World Cup begins with the first match between South Africa and host country England setting the stage for an exciting month of high octane cricketing action. Apart from the ongoing Indian T20 League, as a precursor to the main event, most teams have a hectic round of pre-World Cup games lined up and we at Super 8 take a sneak peek at them.

The 2019 edition of the World Cup is going to be a radically different version from 2015 and these warm up matches will go a long way in preparing teams for what lies ahead. There are only 10 teams that will be competing for the prize down from 14 four years ago. All of the teams will play each other once in the group stage and the top-4 sides qualify for the semi-finals. The top team after the group stage will play the fourth team in one semi-final while the second and the third team will play each other in the other semi-final. The winner of the semi-final will play each other in the final. This format ensures that each side plays the same opponents to determine which the best four sides are. It is similar to the 1992 World Cup format in most regards.

SERIES
🇬🇧🇮🇪England tour of Ireland May 03rd
🇮🇪🌴🇧🇩Windies and Bangladesh in Ireland Tri-Series May 05th – May 17th
🇬🇧🇵🇰Pakistan tour of England May 05th – May 19th
Flag: Scotland on Facebook 3.1 Flag: Afghanistan on Facebook 3.1Afghanistan tour of Scotland May 08th – May 10th
Flag: Scotland on Facebook 3.1🇱🇰Sri Lanka tour of Scotland May 18th – May 21st
🇮🇪Flag: Afghanistan on Facebook 3.1 Afghanistan tour of Ireland May 19th – May 21st

SCHEDULE
🇬🇧🇮🇪England tour of Ireland – May 03rd
Only ODI: May 03rd, Friday @ The Village, Dublin, 03.15pm

🇮🇪🌴🇧🇩Windies and Bangladesh in Ireland Tri-Series – May 05th to May 17th @ 03.15pm
1st Match: May 05th, Sunday – Ireland vs Windies @ Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
2nd Match: May 07th, Tuesday – Windies vs Bangladesh @ Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
3rd Match: May 09th, Thursday – Ireland vs Bangladesh @ The Village, Dublin
4th Match: May 11th, Saturday – Ireland vs Windies @ The Village, Dublin
5th Match: May 13th, Monday – Windies vs Bangladesh @ The Village, Dublin
6th Match: May 15th, Wednesday – Ireland vs Bangladesh @ Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
Final: May 17th, Friday – TBC vs TBC @ The Village, Dublin

🇬🇧🇵🇰Pakistan tour of England – May 05th to May 19th
Only T20I: May 05th, Sunday @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. 07.00pm
1st ODI: May 08th, Wednesday @ Kennington Oval, London, 05.30pm
2nd ODI: May 11th, Saturday @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton, 03.30pm
3rd ODI: May 14th, Tuesday @ County Ground, Bristol, 05.30pm
4th ODI: May 17th, Friday @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham, 05.30pm
5th ODI: May 19th, Sunday @ Headingley, Leeds, 03.30pm

Flag: Scotland on Facebook 3.1 Flag: Afghanistan on Facebook 3.1Afghanistan tour of Scotland – May 08th to May 10th @ 03.30pm
1st ODI: May 08th, Wednesday @ Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
2nd ODI: May 10th, Friday @ Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh

Flag: Scotland on Facebook 3.1🇱🇰Sri Lanka tour of Scotland – May 18th to May 21st @ 03.30pm
1st ODI: May 18th, Saturday @ Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
2nd ODI: May 21st, Tuesday @ Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh

🇮🇪Flag: Afghanistan on Facebook 3.1 Afghanistan tour of Ireland – May 19th to May 21st @ 03.15pm
1st ODI: May 19th, Sunday @ Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
2nd ODI: May 21st, Tuesday @ Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

PREVIEW
🇬🇧🇮🇪 The series consists of a one-off ODI after which the Irish will travel to England to play their first Test match between them in July.

The English come into the series after a long tour of the Caribbean and would look to this one off match as a warm-up for the series against Pakistan that begins two days later.

The Irish on the other hand would be coming into the series after losing the series against Afghanistan in India. They would be hoping to make the best of this match and try to pull an upset.

Squads
Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jofra Archer, Sam Billings (wk), Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey

🇮🇪🌴🇧🇩 Ireland host the Windies and Bangladesh for a tri-series that kickstarts on May 5th before the top two teams take on each other in the final on May 17th. According to the format of the series, each team will play against each other twice in a round-robin phase. The two teams with most points will then advance to the series-decider in Dublin. The series will be Bangladesh and Windies’ last international assignment before they leave for the World Cup.

Unsurprisingly, both Bangladesh and the Windies will use the series as a preparation for the mega-event. With the conditions in Ireland not very different from that in England, the players will have a great opportunity to acclimatising to foreign conditions. The Windies start their World Cup campaign on May 31st against Pakistan, while Bangladesh open against South Africa, on June 2nd. Before the World Cup, both the teams will play a couple of warm-up games. While Bangladesh play Pakistan and India, the Windies will take on South Africa and New Zealand.

Squads
Ireland: William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, James McCollum, Kevin O Brien, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Gary Wilson (wk), George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin
Windies: Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (C), Raymon Reifer, Roston Chase, Shai Hope (wk), Shane Dowrich (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Farhad Reza, Liton Das (wk),
Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Taskin Ahmed

🇬🇧🇵🇰 The Pakistan Team currently touring England right before the 2019 World Cup might turn out to be extremely advantageous as they will be notching up valuable game time in English conditions at the World Cup venues. This might come in handy for the Pakistanis as the players will get ample time to settle down in the alien conditions before the biggest cricket tournament of the year.

The English Cricket team will be focusing on getting their team combinations right as being the host nation, they have additional pressure to perform. This series will come in handy to get the much needed last moment practice for the Englishmen.

Squads
England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, David Willey, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah (replaces injured Shadab Khan), Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain

Flag: Scotland on Facebook 3.1 Flag: Afghanistan on Facebook 3.1 The Afghanistan cricket team will play two One Day International (ODI) matches in Scotland as part of their preparation for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Afghanistan last visited Scotland in July 2016, winning a rain-affected two-match series 1–0. The two teams last played each other in an ODI in March 2018, during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, with Scotland winning by seven wickets. In April 2019, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) named Gulbadin Naib as the team’s new ODI captain, replacing Asghar Afghan and this series will be the first real test for the new skipper.

Squads
Scotland: NA
Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Flag: Scotland on Facebook 3.1🇱🇰 Sri Lanka travel to Scotland for two ODIs before their all-important trip to England and Wales for the 2019 World Cup. The team is currently struggling to make a mark in international cricket and the last time they faced off against the Scots was in two unofficial ODIs in Kent in early 2017. The result was squared at 1-1.

Scotland’s first ever One-Day International victory over a Test nation – Zimbabwe – came in 2017. The ODI win was their first against a Test nation since the 2015 World Cup. Earlier in 2018, they registered another historic win when they beat top-ranked England by 6 runs in a nail-biter at Edinburgh. Scotland, batting first, scored 371 runs and set the record for the highest total by an Associate Nation in ODIs. They also went past Kenya’s 21-year-old record of 347 runs.

When the ICC announced its decision to reduce the number of teams in the World Cup from 14 to 10, they faced heavy criticism for the same. The number 13th ranked Scotland missed out and it is time we give more opportunities to the associate nations.

Squads
Scotland: NA
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep

🇮🇪Flag: Afghanistan on Facebook 3.1 Following the Ireland cricket team’s tour of India in February and March 2019 to play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and a Test match against the Afghans, the teams meet again for two One Day International (ODI) matches in Ireland. Both matches will be played at the Stormont Cricket Ground in Belfast and are part of Afghanistan’s preparation for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Squads
Ireland: NA
Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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