In the construct-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, CricketCountry brings you the most memorable moments and suits from the event through the years – right from its first version, way again in 1975. With 18 days to go, in our contemporary World Cup Countdown, we come up with a history of the primary World Cup again in 1975.
Just four years from the time the primary restricted-overs global become held at the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground, the inaugural World Cup, referred to as the Prudential Cup, marked the debut of the top of the line one-day global (ODI) event.
Prior to the tournament, there had best been 18 ODIs played in four years because the layout became delivered. Of those, England had regarded in over thirds. West Indies, Pakistan, and India had appeared in most effective a handful of games between them. For contrast, the 18 World Cup suits in England between June 7 and June 21, 1975, and contested among 8 teams and gained by using West Indies, the greatest performers of the tournament.
There had been 8 participating nations: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and East Africa (composed of gamers from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia). A great omission from the event turned into the South African cricket crew who have been now not competing due to the international sports activities boycott.
Considering that best 18 ODIs had been played in 4 years, there has been little form to go with the aid of. West Indies were favorites considering their aggressive nature suited the only-day format and that so many of their squad had excelled in county cricket. Australia and England had strong sides, and Pakistan has been bristling with a fearsome line-up.
The Prudential World Cup had matches consisting 60 overs in keeping with aspect. The preliminary fits had been played in agencies of 4 groups and that they to begin with performed league matches inside their organizations. The top two teams from each group played the semi-finals, and the winners of these played the very last. In all, 15 matches have been played.
Unlike today, gamers wore a traditional white uniform and red balls had been used. There were additionally no night games.
England had few problems, overcoming a dazed India inside the match opener after which seeing off New Zealand way to a century from Keith Fletcher. In the other institution, a much tighter one, West Indies, Australia, and Pakistan squared off for an area within the semi-finals with Sri Lanka, at the time simplest an Associate member. A Dennis Lillee-stimulated Australia knocked off Pakistan, who then had West Indies eight down with eighty nevertheless required, simplest to look on because the last-wicket paired sealed an outstanding suit.
The semi-finals have been played between England and Australia and New Zealand and West Indies. In the final played at Lord’s, West Indies beat Australia by means of 17 runs. Clive Lloyd, the West Indies captain, become declared the Man of the Final for a super 85-ball 102.
The event turned into a fulfillment each on and rancid the field. Thousands of spectators thronged the eight venues in excellent climate to assist the organizers to gather £188, 598 from gate money. Prudent Insurance Company, the tournament sponsors, had pumped in £100,000, inclusive of £nine,000 in prize cash.
Jamie Alter is Group Sports Editor (Digital), Zee Media. A sports activities journalist on the grounds that 2005, he has served as Sports Editor of the Times of India Digital and Editor of Cricbuzz, Cricketnext and IBN Sports, other than nearly five years operating for ESPNCricinfo. He has additionally authored two cricket-associated books.