ICC Cricket World Cup 1975 Winner

Let’s take a look at ICC Cricket World Cup 1975 Winner.

The first major competition in One Day International (ODI) cricket history, the 1975 Cricket World Cup (formally known as the Prudential Cup ’75), featured men for the first time. It was hosted by the International Cricket Conference (ICC) and ran from June 7 through June 21, 1975, in England.

Eight countries participated in the tournament, which was sponsored by Prudential Assurance Company. These included the six Test-playing nations at the time Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the West Indies as well as the two top Associate countries, Sri Lanka and East Africa. 

The teams were split into two groups of four, where each team played the other team once. The top two teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals, where the winners faced off in the championship match. Each game had a total of 60 overs for each team, was played in traditional white attire, using red balls, and began and ended in broad daylight.

The top two teams in Group A, England and New Zealand, as well as the top two teams in Group B, the West Indies and Australia, all advanced to the semifinals. The West Indies, who entered the competition as the favourites, defeated Australia in the final at Lord’s by 17 runs to win the first World Cup after Australia upset England and the West Indies defeated New Zealand in the semi-finals.

While Australian bowler Gary Gilmour, who only participated in the final two games, was the highest wicket-taker with 11 dismissals, New Zealand batsman Glenn Turner was the top run-scorer with 333 runs.

Format

The eight teams were divided into two groups of four for the 1975 Cricket World Cup, and each side played the other teams in their group once. The dates of these matches were June 7–14. The top two teams from each group then went to the semi-finals on June 18, where the victorious teams earned a spot in the final, which would be played at Lord’s on June 21. 

The teams could use one of the two reserve days allocated for each match if any of the matches saw continuous rain. Seven locations were chosen during the first World Cup in England.

Participants:

At the World Cup, eight teams were selected to participate. While two of the nations, Sri Lanka and East Africa, were invited to fill the remaining two seats, only six of those countries were full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Due to the country’s apartheid regulations, South Africa was originally scheduled to be one of the teams in the competition but was forced to withdraw until the 1992 edition.

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