The first Cricket World Cup was played during 1975 in England. The first three matches were also recognized as Prudential Cup with the sponsorship of prudential plc, it is a pecuniary services company. The cricket matches consisted of 60 overs per players and it was played with established white uniform and with red balls. There were matches held only during day and the event is held ever four years.
Till the 1992 Cricket World Cup, only 8 teams participated in the Cricket tournament. Later on, the numbers of teams were certainly increased and in Cricket World Cup 2007, 16 teams would take part. In 1975, England, New Zealand, India, East Africa, Australia, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka took participation and during 1979 Canada were replaced by East Africa. In 1983, Zimbabwe made an entry arena and Canada was out of the court. The same teams took part in the 1987 Cricket World Cup.
In 1992, South Africa made an entry in the group and pertaining year 9 teams took part in the Cricket tournament. By the year 1996, the number of teams even increased more up to 12 with the participation of three fresh groups UAE, Netherlands and Kenya. Bangladesh and Scotland were replaced by UAE and Netherlands during 1999 Cricket World Cup.
England successively hosted the first three matches and during 1987 match became the first World Cup to be hosted outside England. Cricket World Cup 1987 introduced unbiased umpires. The 1996 Cricket World Cup started the first look of third umpire in front of the TV monitor.
All the 9 cricket world cup matches played have also contributed more records in the Cricket World Cup History. The records are on most excellent batting strike rate, maximum individual scores, and uppermost run-scorers, top bowling analysis, best bowling financial system rate, finest bowling strike rate, chief wicket-takers, premier team totals, lowest team totals, all major cricket catches and actually the most dismissals.
Though initially the cricket world cup confined the attention of only hundreds of spectators, it has now fascinated millions who are keenly waiting to watch this year’s tournament.