ICC World Cup 2019 | Pre

ICC World Cup 2019 is just around the corner. With only 69 days to go for one of the most celebrated events of cricketing world, we look at what the teams are planning to do before the mega event begins.
Currently topping the ODI charts, England’s limited overs turnaround since World Cup 2015 is for everyone to witness. They are the team with highest W/L ratio (2.304) since the last world cup.
They will play a one-off match with Ireland to follow it up with a T20I and 5 One-Day match series against Pakistan.

Currently ranked second in the World, Virat Kohli led Team India will start the tournament as one of the hot favorites. Despite recent hiccup against Australia at home, they still are the team to beat. 
They have no matches to play before the World Cup as the nation celebrates a domestic T20 league.
They might have never won a World Cup before. But, they have come agonizingly close not long ago where they lost to their trans-Tasmanian brothers in the final. Now, it is the time for the team to change the fortunes. They are not going to play any matches before the Warm-up games.
Talking about the fortunes, no one knows it better than the Proteas themselves. Every tournament they kick off as one of the prime contenders only to lose it to misfortune. Ranked 4th in the World, they need to sort a few things before the tournament. 
They conclude their remaining 2 T20 games against Sri Lanka and head into World Cup.
The reigning World Cup champions went down the ladder rapidly than anyone expected. Controversies and change in leadership not only brought the careers of players involved in question, the team performed poor since. Only West Indies and Sri Lanka performed worse since the World Cup 2015. They kick off 5 ODIs tournament against Pakistan today.
They are the team that play most matches from now until the World Cup. They play five ODIs against Australia, five ODIs against England and a one-off T20 to slot in between. Change of captaincy and return of stalwarts could help the team to be resurrected. Lot of audition still in progress with Mickey Arthur quoting “four places” are up for grabs.
After surviving a narrow escape from the Christchurch attacks recently, the team would want to get on to the field at the earliest and stay there as long as they can. Sometimes, it is good to have a lot of work around to shed off the traumas. They play a tri-series with Ireland and West Indies just before the World Cup.
Murphy couldn’t have found a better example for his law. Everything that the team touched since the last World Cup turned into shatters. Except for one off turnaround wins in Tests, they have little to show. They won 23 and lost 55 matches since the World Cup 2015. They recorded just one win in the last 15 outings. They wrap up their T20I series against South Africa and just two ODIs against Scotland.
West Indies in the recent times have showed a lot of promise, even though the results doesn’t speak much for themselves. Youngsters growing up the ranks and the ever reliable Jason Holder at the helm, they could spring out a few surprises. They are probably the most unpredictable side to watch out for. They play a tri-nation series with Ireland and Bangladesh before the World Cup.
The cricketing story of the decade. Afghanistan is the youngest member of this year’s World Cup. They have played 60 matches since the 2015 World Cup and won 32 of those, a W/L record only fifth on the charts. If they could make some upsets, it would be a great narrative for some of the senior players in the squad. They play 2 ODIs each with Scotland and Ireland before the World Cup.

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