500 days to go: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is coming to Manchester
The countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup returning to Manchester for the first time in 20 years has begun and tournament organisers have today announced the ticket timeline for the year ahead.
Next year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams across 48 matches between 30 May and 14 July, will be the fourth time England & Wales have hosted the global event.
To reward the hard work that goes into running the game across England & Wales, anyone in the cricket family will get priority access to the ticket ballot on 1 May. There will then be a public ballot in July.
Whether its players, coaches, umpires or fans, this will be their chance to beat the rush and book their seats early. The full match schedule and ticket prices will be announced at the end of March.
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To mark the 500 days to go milestone, we look back at the last time Manchester hosted World Cup cricket.
The first three Cricket World Cups were held in England & Wales, before it returned in 1999 for the 7th edition, which Australia won by defeating Pakistan in the final at Lord's.
On the pitch in 1999, Australia were just starting to assert their dominance on the one-day international game, claiming the first of their hat-trick of World Cup successes, but it wasn't without drama, namely that Semi-Final against South Africa.
Old Trafford hosted three fixtures at the World Cup in 1999, so we decided to roll the clocks back 19 years to that summer and re-live the games that took place in Manchester.
Australia v West Indies (30 May 1999)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Australia booked their spot in the Super Six stage of the Cricket World Cup in 1999 by comfortably seeing off West Indies at Old Trafford.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Australia's decision was vindicated as they skittled the Windies for just 110, thanks to a stunning 5/14 from Glenn McGrath.
Nine of West Indies' eleven batsmen fell for less than ten, as McGrath claimed the best figures for an Australian in an ODI against West Indies.
Australia completed their chase in 40.4 overs for the loss of four wickets to secure their spot in the next stage of the tournament, while West Indies missed out on net run rate.
India v Pakistan (8 June 1999)
India won by 47 runs
Old Trafford was host to one of world cricket's biggest games in 1999, as fierce rivals India and Pakistan met in the Super Six stage of the tournament, both aiming to get their first win in the group.
While Pakistan ended up making it to the Final of the tournament – losing out to Australia at Lord's – it was India who claimed bragging rights in this clash, in what turned out to be their only win of the Super Six stage.
Venkatesh Prasad was the hero for India, with his five-for – which included the big wickets of Saeed Anwar, Saleem Malik and Inzamam-ul-Haq – helping bowl Pakistan out for just 180, in their chase of India's 227/6.
Rahul Dravid top-scored for India with 61, ably supported by Mohammad Azharuddin (59) and Sachin Tendulkar, who opened the innings with 45.
Pakistan v New Zealand (16 June 1999)
Pakistan won by nine wickets
A batting masterclass from openers Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti helped Pakistan reach the Final of the Cricket World Cup in 1999.
Meeting New Zealand at Old Trafford with a space in the Final at Lord's up for grabs, Pakistan highlighted why they were one of the favourites to lift the Trophy, defeating the Black Caps by nine wickets.
Shoaib Akhtar – who was named man of the match despite Anwar's heroics with the bat – took three wickets and showcased his breath-taking pace as New Zealand were restricted to 241/7.
In came Pakistan's openers Anwar and Wasti, playing beautifully to score 113* and 84 respectively, frustrating New Zealand's bowlers and making the buoyant Pakistan fans at Old Trafford extremely happy in the process.