2019 ICC Cricket World Cup: It would come as a heartbreak for Indian fans who are passionate about the gentlemen’s game. In an official poll started by world cricket body – International Cricket Council (ICC), it seems hosts England will have an extra edge even before the start of the coveted tournament and favourites to lift the trophy. Mind you, England have never won the showpiece event in the history of the sport and next year’s cup will give them a chance to win it in front of their home fans. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction Live Updates List of Released/ Retained Players: CSK Retain Suresh Raina
According to the poll, England garnered 41.23 per cent of the votes, which makes them overwhelming favourites. India’s arch-rivals Pakistan (25.37 per cent), who have been in impeccable in the shorter format of the game (T20Is) are at the second favourites to win the world title. Whereas, much to everyone’s surprise the men in blue will finish third as per the fan poll, they get only 21.19 votes. Also Read - IND vs AUS, 4th Test: Rishabh Pant Breaks MS Dhoni's Record, Becomes Fastest Indian Wicketkeeper to 1,000 Test Runs
Surprisingly, five-time world champions Australia were the fourth with 3.86 percent votes while the likes of South Africa, New Zealand and Windies followed them.