From the end of May till mid JUly the cricket world cup will be gracing the UK. From Leeds to Bristol, the world cup will bring ten teams from across the world, less than ever before, and will pit them against each other in a 6 week tournament across some of the UK’s most pleasant pastures green. If you’re a cricket enthusiast staying at the Shaftesbury London hotels and are looking to get a ticket, then get a move on, this is an incredibly popular event. Furthermore, if you’ve bought a ticket for some of the matches, then it’s about time you get to grips with the lay out and what to expect from the tournament. Below is everything you need to know about the cricket world cup 2019.
What is the Cricket World Cup?
The cricket world cup is now in its 44th year and is an international cricket tournament, bringing countries together in a round by round competition for the best cricket team that year. With many countries having competed in the past, there are now only ten competing this year, more than enough to fill up a good 8 weeks of cricket.
The teams taking part
This year, there are ten teams competing. These teams are England, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the West Indies. With many teams ebing former British colonies, it is easy to see the influence the British born sport has had across the globe.
What are the London based Stadiums?
There are two London based Cricket stadiums being used for the World Cup this year. Whilst there are many other cricket grounds across the UK, the precedent for the world cup is stadium size, to ensure that as many people as possible can watch the cricket live. If you are staying at the Shaftesbury Metropolis London Hyde Park then you’re already well situated to watch some of the riveting London matches.
The Oval is the Surrey county cricket teams pitch, and is being used in the Cricket World Cup due to its capacity of 25,500 spectators. Based in the Lambeth area of South London, the OVal is the second largest cricket ground in London and will be hosting 5 different cricket games over the tournament.
One of the most famous cricket grounds in the UK< Lord’s is the Cricket ground for the Middlesex County Club and has a capacity of a staggering 28,000. This historic cricket ground has been in operation since the mid 19th century and is especially important during the summer tournament due to it hosting the final of the tournament.
Other cities hosting the Cricket World Cup
Of course, the world cup isn’t completely London-centric. If you are planning on visiting the city but want to see other world cup hosts, then why not visit Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Durham and Birmingham, where you can get an even greater taste of the diverse British culture.
Accommodation during the Cricket World Cup
If you are looking for accommodation during your stay, then why not book a room at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park. Our wide range of flexible rooms are a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and therefore the centre of London. On top of this, our proximity to London underground stations and railway terminals will ensure that you can reach your cricket world cup stadium as efficiently as possible, wherever the stadium.