Skippers predict most closely fought World Cup ever
May 24 (CRICKETNMORE) - The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 is officially up and running and all ten skippers are anticipating ‘the most competitive tournament in history’.
The Film Shed in London’s trendy east end played host to the official captain’s media launch of the 2019 tournament on Thursday afternoon. And with hosts England kicking off the tournament in exactly a week’s time at the Oval against South Africa, the time for talking is almost over.
All ten teams will play each other in a new-look round-robin stage, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals - a change in format that makes this year’s edition more competitive than ever.
And Eoin Morgan, Virat Kohli and the ten tournament skippers can’t wait to get started, with a series of warm-up matches scheduled around the country in the next week.
England skipper Morgan said: “I don’t think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else.
“These are the ten best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it.
“Every captain sitting here would lose their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket. It’s something every one of us would have dreamed of as a kid.
“We are as best prepared as we can be. We just want to play that first game now.”