Participating Teams with the Biggest Possibility of Winning the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales from 30th May - 14th July, 2019.

The format of this World Cup will see a drastic transformation and will be played in round-robin format in a group of 10 teams due to the limited number of participating nations this time around, which also has gained severe criticism because of the lack of associate teams in the tournament, making things worse all of them failed to make the cut in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier. The upcoming tournament will also be the first one not to feature all the Test-playing nations, with Ireland having gained the status in 2017, unable to conquer the Qualifier and therefore will be missing out for the first time, since their debut World Cup appearance in 2007

The following items will be in strict order, especially the top four items, rest are provisional in my opinion.

Note: The list has already been created, but taking into account that it was created three years ago, some of the items doesn't fit there because they haven't qualified for the tournament (like Ireland, Zimbabwe and rest of the associate nations). Moreover, there will be only ten participating nations in this tournament.
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The Top Ten

1 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. more.

On paper the current Indian team probably has the strongest line-up out of all the teams on this list; Captain Virat Kohli himself has enough capability to pull the team's cart alone to a longer distance, but lone perseverance won't guarantee the team's progress into the finals, as long as each individual in the team contributes with their respective responsibilities they're going to stay in the hunt for the title (as favourites). On the basis of their past ODI performances in their concluded tour to South Africa & England, they did a remarkable job thrashing South Africa 5-1 in their own backyard and almost came close to winning in England. What it shows? It definitely speaks a lot about their ability to acclimatize to the foreign conditions fast and won't contribute as their major weakness in the upcoming tournament while, also considering that they've previously won the Champions Trophy and qualified into the finals in the last two tournaments they played in England.
Like all ...more

Savage India lost against England only to disqualify their biggest supporters, Pakistan, from the semis. Why? I thought maybe India would like to thrash them again but I guess India is that savage they played dirty just so they don't see Pak again. Sad move

Just won an ODI series against New Zealand in New Zealand by a scoreline of 4-1 despite not playing their best 11. This team is progressing very fast and will surely prove to be a big thorn in England's way in the upcoming mega-event.
India meeting England in the final at the Mecca of Cricket seems to be a big possibility.

India was best, India is best, India will be best. They are currently 4th and they beat Pakistan by 89 runs. I don't know how they are behind England
but I'm sure that next match, IND will steal 3rd because they have the best batsman and the 2nd best batsman in the world (Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma respectively). IND shall win the cup for the third time.
IND was best. IND is best. IND will be best.

2 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. more.

Even months before the World Cup it'll be sensible to assume that England will have a giant upper hand over any other team going into the tournament, as they will possess the home and playing conditions advantage, and if we look back at the history of the previous two World Cups on both the occasion the host nation have emerged out as victorious with the final being contested between the two hosting nations as well. Even if they don't end up winning the title, there is still a higher likelihood of them cruising to the final stages without breaking much sweat.
Not only the factor of home conditions will play into their hands but, also their strong team combination currently possessing the best batting depth of all the teams comprising the ever reliable Joe Root and enterprising Eoin Morgan leading from the front, will do their best to hold the structure of the team, while power-hitters like Ben Stokes & Jos Buttler can suddenly go berserk and turn the game around in the team's ...more

Anderson, Broad, Root, Stokes, Moeen, these guys are legends Anderson when he's in the groove he can swing the ball like nobody can. Stokes and Root are very Aggressive Pace and Spin bowlers and will hit 6s at any cost.

Just got to know that Stokes ; the guy who led them to victory against New Zealand is from New Zealand..ouch

India will be their toughest competitor.

3 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.

Runners-up of the previous World Cup, and I believe they would've been utterly disappointed after having come so close to tasting the biggest glory for the first time in their cricketing history. They have been among the very few consistent teams in the World Cups in terms of performances and going deep into the final few stages of the tournament, but sadly never winning it once.
New Zealand has been a team, which never seemed to possess any serious threat from the superficial view, but come the big stages they step up their game and upset the balance of the top contenders. A team currently led by the dependable skipper Kane Williamson, will be one of the dark horses going into the tournament. The team's most important strategy would be the effective utilization of the resources that they have, and as always they seem to do it arguably better than any other teams. Haven't got much to speak about their recent ODI performances, because of the lack of Cricket they've played throughout ...more

Probably one of the best teams in the gentlemen's game. Led by the classy player Kane Williamson. My favourite player. And runners up of the previous World Cup. One of the best cricket playing nations. There is a probability of New Zealand winning the 2019 World Cup.

Won they Oye Hoye world cup in pakistan for the first time since 1969.

I'm sure they will win.

4 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

Defending champions will certainly face a lot of heat in this edition of World Cup after all the controversy surrounding their two top players Steven Smith & David Warner earlier this year charged of ball-tampering and as a result were handed a one year ban from International Cricket, though it will be lifted right before the commencement of the tournament, but the psychological impact that the team will have to bear will just add another obstacle in their quest to the Final stages of the tournament.

I reckon this will probably be their weakest squad going into the tournament, but one cannot discount their will to win in World Cups, though the current Australian team doesn't have the same firepower studded with stalwarts, which they possessed in the early to to mid-2000s. But, what they still have is the ability to conjure up magic moments out of nowhere especially in the important matches where anyone could rise to the occasion and perform when needed unlike other teams who ...more

5 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are more.

Undeniably the quintessential "Dark Horse" going into the tournament. This is a team that on any given day can either fail miserably or stun any top teams with their formidable dominance. A prime example of that in recent times was their outing in the 2017's Champions Trophy in England, wherein they completely outclassed both the favorites in Semi-Final and Final. A team which although seems a bit unbalanced and vulnerable especially in the batting department, could really transform their weakness into strength and prove to be an unpredictable force when the big occasion arrives, even if their recent failures are ignored. For some reason, the English playing conditions have produced comparatively favorable outcomes for the team, unlike any other Asian teams, which simply adds in to their unpredictablity factor.
As always, huge part of Pakistan's strength lies in their bowling unit, as they've always managed to produce quality pace-attack that can make life miserable for any of the ...more

Pakistan won 12 consecutive T20 series.

6 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana more.

Ah! The Proteas and their curious case in major tournaments (especially World Cups). It's hard to believe even after having seen the reality multiple times with the naked eye that this team hasn't had the success they are competent enough to achieve it. A team which has consistently been laden with top notch cricketers, exceptional emerging talents, and an all around world class team combination nailing in all the three departments of batting, bowling, and fielding, yet haven't come close to winning the major tournaments and therefore the term "Chokers" has been associated with them, which in itself is contributing to their misery, and this time around they'd definitely like to get that monkey off their back.

However, things have gotten a bit complicated this time around after the exit of AB De Villiers from all forms of International Cricket, had he still been there with the team, I would've put them slightly higher on the list. His departure has certainly left a void in the ...more

History shows eventually their time will eventually come and when the monkeys finally off their backs watch out!

What the hell Pakistan and New Zealand and Australia in front of us new zealand usaly go out for 1/10 and we get 159868898589/0

7 Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

While their competition is more against teams such as West Indies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, still it'll be interesting to see if they can defy the unanimous predictions, which obviously is not in their favor. If they could somehow manage to break into the knockout-stage, the tournament would suddenly become very spicy and we can expect their rabid fans to overpopulate the English stadiums.
There is no denying that the team has improved leaps and bounds over the years, the main issue arises when going into a big tournament such as the World Cup wherein, you need your players to be able to work together and contribute in all three departments when the chips are down, but the team on the other hand relies on certain individuals to deliver good performance and as a result it only takes one bad performance or an injury to those certain individuals to bring down the entire team.
Their recent performances have been good, taking into account that most of the good performances have ...more

My parents are from here so I have a bias

8 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia near south-east India.

After the retirements of several established and experienced cricketers on the trot, the team has apparently found itself in a state of disorder unable to fill the void left by them.
Comparing their last World Cup squad with the current one shows a significant difference in the bench-strength, experience, and level of consistency. Looking back at their last three World Cup affairs they were the finalist twice and a quarter final exit in the last edition, gives the impression that history will repeat itself again. However, in my honest opinion, the possibility is quite bleak this time around, as their performances all throughout the year have been utterly forgettable, so forgettable that they're now on the cusp of being eclipsed by Afghanistan in the ICC ODI Team Rankings. Sprinkling salt to the wound, the change of format for this World Cup shows that teams in order to secure their place in the next stage, will have to maintain the consistency of winning matches.
It seems the ...more

9 Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.

Making their second World Cup appearance on the back of impressive performances in the World Cup Qualifiers despite early setbacks, stood shoulders to shoulders with their more internationally experienced opponents and gave them the run for their money. The team has progressed very rapidly ever since they stepped into the cricketing scene. Despite the lack of experience, the spirit this team has shown over the course of last three years has never been paralleled by any emerging teams in the history of cricket (in my opinion). Their resilience has been acknowledged beyond the borders of Cricket too. Gaining the "Test Team" status in such a short span of time, reflects their level of impact. The team has got nothing to lose going into the tournament, but only to make life a bit difficult for the top contenders.

Expecting them to win the tournament will be a bit too much to ask for. They still need a lot more exposure to be competitive at the highest level of cricket, which they ...more

10 West Indies

The last time they won a 50-over major tournament was way back in 2004's Champions Trophy. The team that once boasted greats like Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall etc. took the world by storm dominating the 70s and 80s and winning the first two editions of the World Cup, and almost came close to winning the third one. Ever since then, the World Cup campaign for the radically transformed Windies side haven't been a memorable experience, in fact they never rose above 4th place after the 1983 World Cup. And the way the current team is performing, the stats are likely to aggravate.
Their recent performances doesn't give any signs of improvement in any aspects, the humiliating defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in the final of the Qualifier as well as their latest ODI series loss to Bangladesh in their own backyard, gives me the impression that a few years from now, the team might cease to exist.
The relationship of the players with their Cricketing Board and bad ...more