Record takings for champion

West Indies will have an added incentive to win the 2019 World Cup after the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a record US$4 million jackpot for the champion.

The tournament, which runs from May 30 to July 14, will see the West Indies along with the hosts England, defending champions Australia, Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka, all challenging for top honors.

All ten teams will face each other in a round-robin group stage, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.

The losing semi-finalists will pick up US$800,000 each while the losing finalists will collect US$2 million.

The prize money is part an overall US$10 million payout for the tournament in which West Indies are two-time champions, having won the first two editions in 1975 and 1979.

The West Indies will face Pakistan in their first match of the World Cup on May 31 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

The 2019 World Cup format is similar to the nine-team edition played in 1992, where each team plays the others in the round-robin phase, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.

The 64-day tournament will be played across 11 venues in England and Wales from May 30 to July 16.

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