The Cricket World Cup

The Cricket World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket Cup 2027 is indeed set to be a grand event, hosted jointly by South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. This will be the 14th edition of the One Day International (ODI) Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The tournament is scheduled for October and November 2027 and marks the second time South Africa and Zimbabwe will co-host, following their first co-hosting in 2003. Namibia, on the other hand, will be hosting for the first time.

The tournament will feature 14 teams and include a total of 54 matches. The format of the competition involves two groups of seven teams each, with the top three teams from each group moving forward to a Super Six stage.

This is followed by semi-finals and a final, ensuring an exciting and competitive tournament.

South Africa and Zimbabwe, as co-hosts, will qualify directly for the competition along with the top eight teams in the ICC ODI rankings as of 31 March 2027.

However, Namibia, despite being a co-host, will not be guaranteed a spot as they are not a full ICC member. They will have to go through the standard qualification pathway.

This World Cup promises to be a unique blend of high-quality cricket and the vibrant cultures of the host countries, making it an eagerly awaited event for cricket fans around the world​

Where is the Cricket World Cup being played and how can I watch?

Venues and more details coming soon.

Betting on the Cricket World Cup

Many fans will want to heighten the thrill of the World Cup by placing an online bet, via a PC or on mobile.

As a highly complex, nuanced sport, cricket offers many great betting markets. Here are some of them.

Match betting

Bet on the straight winner of a game – a popular choice for multi-bets plus the underdog.

Top scorer of runs, by team

This is a bet on the most runs a batsman will score on each team. Typically, the top four batsmen are the best bets, and this is a good bet type for any match where batting conditions are good.

Top wicket taker, by team

You can also bet on the top wicket taker for each innings. If the pitch is good for fast bowlers, you may be well advised to stick with the opening bowlers. ‘Spinners’ may be a safer choice for the second innings, when the condition of the pitch may be deteriorating.

Man of the Match

This can be a tricky but valuable one, and seems to work particularly well for One Day events such as World Cup games.

What are the odds?

Cricket betting websites make use of various odds formats, probably because betting developed differently in different parts of the world. (The payouts, however, are the same, regardless of the format.)

In the UK, the familiar fractional odds of, say, 1/8 are used, meaning if you bet £1 and win at these odds, you get your stake and £8 back.

For online betting, the decimal format is typical. Decimal odds refer to the return – so odds of 2.2 mean you receive £2.20 for every pound invested if you win, including your stake.

Betting tips

Conditions including weather will always play a key role, as will the make-up and form of the squad, and how far from home they’re playing. It will be worth keeping track of match previews, predictions, news of player injuries and the like.

The team that wins the coin toss typically has better odds of winning. Finally, some players are simply more suited to a particular match format, e.g. One Day International, than others.

With so much to look forward to this summer, placing a few bets can only heighten the excitement of the mesmerising World Cup 2027 Cricket tournament.

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