The best teams from around the globe are gearing for the cricketing world's showpiece event, the ICC Cricket World Cup. This month-and-a-half long sporting carnival will grace England and Wales for its 12th edition. The 2019 World Cup will be the fifth tournament to take place in the British Isle and the first one in two decades. 10 teams are set to contest against one another to be crowned world champions across 10 cities and 11 venues across England and Wales.
Some venues across the country have history behind them, often hosting some tense affairs that have for long lived in the memory of cricket lovers. Then, there are others who will be making their World Cup debuts. To help you in your World Cup prep, we are here with a trivia on the 11 venues where the action will take place.
## The World Cup final will take place at the Mecca of Cricket, the Lord's Cricket Ground. The Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester and Edgbaston Cricket Ground will host the two semi-finals respectively.
## The history of Lord's Cricket Ground goes back more than two centuries. The earliest match was played between MCC v Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814 however; it is not an official first class match.
## There are honour boards in the two dressing rooms commemorating those who have made centuries or taken fivers at the historic cricket ground. You can also book yourself a tour of Lord's here.
## The Old Trafford Cricket Ground shares its name with that of Manchester United Football Club's home stadium, Old Trafford aka The Theatre of Dreams.
## Lord's will host its fifth World Cup final- the most of any venue in the world. The 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1999 finals were the previous four.
## The Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottinghamshire is just across the River Trent and seeks its name from there. The Indian team have played 6 matches here, winning 3- all against England.
## The Indian team will play its matches in 7 venues- playing at Manchester and Birmingham twice.
## The Chester-Le-Street Cricket Ground gets its name from a county town in Durham. The county's history goes back to the building of a Roman fort called Concangis.
## Two ground in London- the Oval and Lord's- will host a combined total of 10 matches.
## Old Trafford, Edgbaton, Headingly, Lord's, The Oval, Chester-Le-Street are venues which have hosted matches in previous editions of the World Cup.
## The County Ground in Taunton and the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff will be making their World Cup debuts.