The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is all set to get underway from May 30, and all the skippers are excited to be part of the grand event. The official media launch took place at the Film Shed in London.
The captains expressed their views on the tournament, favorites and more. England captain Eoin Morgan whose team has been ranked as favorites said he doesn't think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else.
“These are the ten best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it.
“Every captain sitting here would lose their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket. It’s something every one of us would have dreamed of as a kid. We are as best prepared as we can be. We just want to play that first game now," Morgan said.
India skipper Virat Kohli conceded England in their conditions are the most strong side in this tournament. He, however, added, "But all the teams so strong and well balanced and the fact we have to play everyone once, I think this will be the most competitive World Cup that anyone will have seen.”
Defending champions Australia has been buoyed by the return of David Warner and Steve Smith. The Aussie skipper Aaron Finch admitted it is a big boost for the side.
“Since Warner and Smith have come back into the set-up they have been fantastic and contributed so much. The morale has been unbelievable. Once it gets underway, particularly against England, and further on for the Ashes, the crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world," he said.
“We have plans in place for that, and their squad input and output in terms of the runs they have been making has been fantastic," added Finch.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis stated the team is really excited to try out this new tournament. “The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has X-factor bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side.
“I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball," du Plessis opined.
--By A Cricket Correspondent