How to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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I want to watch the Cricket World Cup, but don’t want to pay a lot of money for the privilege. How can I watch the remaining matches? And can I get them for free?

- Mike, via email

This summer, the twelfth edition of the epochal Cricket World Cup sees ten countries fight it out for the ICC trophy. Matches will be hosted across the UK, in iconic venues such as Old Trafford, Lords and The Oval.

The top four teams have already progressed to the semi-finals and, on July 14th, the two winning semi-finalists will compete for the top spot.

So you don’t miss any of the action, we’ve listed everything you need to know about how to watch the remaining matches on this page, including channels, dates and start times.

Let’s get stuck in…

What is the Cricket World Cup?

For cricket enthusiasts, the World Cup is the most important sporting event of the year.

Indeed, for the last 44 years it’s captivated fans around the world. What’s more, England have hosted the event more times than any other country - four in total – and 2019’s event is proving to be one of the most thrilling yet.

This year’s Cricket World Cup began on Thursday 30th May and will finish on Sunday 14th July. Typically, matches will start at 10:30am or 1:30pm (UK time).

What games can I watch?

Below, we’ve listed the remaining fixtures in July:

England v New Zealand Wednesday 3rd July, 10:30am(BST) - Chester-le-Street, County Durham
Afghanistan v West Indies Thursday 4th July, 10:30am (BST) – Headingley
Pakistan v Bangladesh Friday 5th July, 10:30am (BST) – Lord’s, London
Sri Lanka v India Saturday 6th July, 10:30am (BST) – Headingley, Leeds
Australia v South Africa Saturday 6th July, 1:30pm (BST) – Old Trafford, Manchester
First Semi Final: 1st place v 4th place Tuesday 9th July, 10:30am (BST) – Old Trafford, Manchester
Second Semi Final: 2nd place v 3rd place Thursday 11th July, 10:30am (BST) – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Final 10:30am (BST) – Lords, London

How can I watch the Cricket World Cup?

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If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to watch the action live, this year every match will be shown exclusively on Sky Sports.

How do I get Sky Sports?

To get Sky Sports from Sky, you must first subscribe to one of its standard entertainment packages be a subscriber. At time of writing, Sky’s basic TV package costs around £22 a month for 18 months. And Sky Sports will set you back £23 per month for 18 months.

For non-Sky subscribers, a Now TV sports pass costs £8.99 per day, or £14.99 a week. Alternatively, a monthly pass costs £33. For that outlay, you’ll get access to all the remaining ICC Cricket World Cup matches and won’t be tied to a contract to boot.

You can also get Sky Sports through TalkTalk. If you’re a TV and broadband customer, you’ll get the option to add the ‘Sky Sports Boost’ for around £34 per month. That includes over 120 live Premier League games, coverage of the four major golf tournaments, international rugby and, of course, cricket. Plus, there’s no contract either - just remove as and when you like.

Meanwhile, BT customers can add-on the full Sky sports suite too. To be honest though, this route isn’t cheap. Expect to pay just shy of £30 per month.

Can I stream the Cricket World Cup?

Yup. If you’re in the UK and a Sky Sports customer, you can stream every game on your mobile and tablet via the Sky Go app.

If you’re watching from abroad, you’ll need a virtual private network - also known as a VPN - to bypass regional restrictions and stream the matches from your laptop or tablet. Getting one is pretty straightforward, and you can find all the details in our handy guide.

Can I watch the Cricket World Cup for free?

Unfortunately, there isn’t an option to watch the event for free - not legally, anyway.

In fact, this year, only a couple of countries get that privilege: Australia and Pakistan.

Maybe next time, eh?