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Cricket World Cup

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The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International cricket.

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket sited at each end.

A One Day International is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50.

England v West Indies ICC World Twenty20 Cricket Highlights by ICC

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The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council, every four years, with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament.

2011 Indoor Cricket World Cup Mens Grand Final by Jason Rhodes

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The tournament is one of the world's most viewed sporting events and is considered the "flagship event of the international cricket calendar" by the ICC.

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The first World Cup was organised in England in June 1975, with the first ODI cricket match having been played only four years earlier.

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.

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However, a separate Women's Cricket World Cup had been held two years before the first men's tournament, and a tournament involving multiple international teams had been held as early as 1912, when a triangular tournament of Test matches was played between Australia, England and South Africa.

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.

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The first three World Cups were held in England.

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From the 1987 tournament onwards, hosting has been shared between countries under an unofficial rotation system, with fourteen ICC members having hosted at least one match in the tournament.

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The finals of the World Cup are contested by the ten full members of the ICC and a number of teams made up from associate and affiliate members of the ICC, selected via the World Cricket League and a later qualifying tournament.

The ICC World Cricket League is a series of international one-day cricket tournaments for national teams without Test status, administered by the International Cricket Council.

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A total of twenty teams have competed in the eleven editions of the tournament, with fourteen competing in the latest edition in 2015.

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Australia has won the tournament five times, with the West Indies, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka also having won the tournament.

The West Indies or Caribbean Basin is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean that includes the island countries and surrounding waters of three major archipelagoes: the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles and the Lucayan Archipelago.

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The best performance by a non-full-member team came when Kenya made the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament.

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