The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has signed an accord with the International Cricket Council (ICC), under which the 2019 World Cup will be held in England. The matches will be held at 10 venues and 10 teams will participate in the tournament.

[caption id="attachment_1214" align="alignright" width="300"]Besides hosting the maiden World Cup in 1975, England have hosted three more World Cups (Photo: Getty Images) Besides hosting the maiden World Cup in 1975, England have hosted three more World Cups (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

Having hosted the first three World Cups, England also hosted the 1999 World Cup in a fabulous fashion.

According to an ECB press release, the deal was signed in Dubai on May 26. ECB chief executive David Collier said, "The signing of this agreement now enables ECB to enter into staging agreements with venues who wish to stage matches in the World Cup."

The Organising Team from the 2013 Champions Trophy, headed by tournament director Steve Elworthy, will start preparation in this regard after the Champions Trophy ends on June 23, he said.

England have hosted the World Cups of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999; the 2004 Champions Trophy and the 2009 World Twenty20. This year’s eight-nation Champions Trophy is also going to be held there and will start from June 6. The preparations for the 2019 World Cup will begin with the conclusion of Champions Trophy. Lord’s is likely to host the tournament’s final for the fifth time.
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