Cricket World Cup 1996

Cricket World Cup 1996



Jack, Mack, Jill,



Australia, New Zealand,


One Day International,

First Tournament: 1975

Cricket World Cup 1996 Venues


Venue City Capacity Matches
Eden Gardens Calcutta, West Bengal 120,000 1
Green Park Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 45,000 1
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Mohali, Punjab 40,000 1
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore, Karnataka 55,000 1
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Madras, Tamil Nadu 50,000 1
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Hyderabad, Telangana 30,000 1
Barabati Stadium Cuttack, Odisha 25,000 1
Roop Singh Stadium Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 55,000 1
Indira Priyadarshini Stadium Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 25,000 1
Moin-ul-Haq Stadium Patna, Bihar 25,000 1
Nehru Stadium Pune, Maharashtra 25,000 1
Wankhede Stadium Mumbai, Maharashtra 45,000 1
Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad, Gujarat 48,000 1
Moti Bagh Stadium Vadodara, Gujarat 18,000 1
Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur, Rajasthan 30,000 1
Vidarbha C.A. Ground Nagpur, Maharashtra 40,000 1
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi, New Delhi 48,000 1


Venue City Capacity Matches
National Stadium Karachi, Sindh 34,000 3
Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Punjab 62,000 4
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi, Punjab 25,000 3
Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 20,000 2
Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad, Punjab 18,000 3
Jinnah Stadium Gujranwala, Punjab 20,000 1

Sri Lanka:

Venue City Capacity Matches
R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo 14,000 0*
Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground Colombo 10,000 1
Asgiriya Stadium Kandy 10,300 1

The scheduled cricket matches at Premadasa Stadium were unable to proceed as both Australia and the West Indies declined to participate in Sri Lanka.

Cricket World Cup 1996 Team List

Team Captain
Australia Mark Taylor
England Michael Atherton
India Mohammad Azharuddin
New Zealand Lee Germon
Pakistan Wasim Akram
South Africa Hansie Cronje
Sri Lanka Arjuna Ranatunga
West Indies Richie Richardson
Zimbabwe Alistair Campbell
Kenya Maurice Odumbe
United Arab Emirates Sultan Zarawani
Netherlands Steven Lubbers

The 1996 Cricket World Cup constituted a far-reaching competition encompassing twelve teams, thereby attaining the highest tally of participating teams recorded until that juncture. The aforementioned cricketing powerhouses were duly represented, comprising Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe. The tournament also represented a significant achievement for emerging cricketing nations such as Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands, as it provided a platform to display the global expansion and diversity of the sport.

Multiple teams were headed by prominent leaders, such as Arjuna Ranatunga of Sri Lanka, who successfully guided his team to their inaugural World Cup triumph. Similarly, celebrated cricketers like Wasim Akram from Pakistan and Mark Taylor from Australia assumed pivotal roles as captains. The integration of lesser-known cricketing nations into the tournament engendered a surge of new talent and fervor, thus rendering the 1996 Cricket World Cup an unequivocally universal phenomenon. This particular chapter in the annals of cricket was marked by an abundance of stirring instances, outstanding displays of skill, and captivating contests.

Cricket World Cup 1996 Schedule and Results

During the 1996 World Cup, the Sri Lankan cricket team, led by the coach Dav Whatmore and captain Arjuna Ranatunga, innovatively transformed the landscape of One Day International cricket. Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were strategically employed to capitalize on the fielding restrictions during the initial 15 overs. During this particular period, it was generally anticipated that a score ranging between 50 and 60 would be achieved. However, Sri Lanka consistently surpassed this threshold by surpassing a score of 100, thereby establishing a new team record with a remarkable total of 398 against Kenya.

During the semi-final match held at Eden Gardens against India, Aravinda de Silva skillfully initiated a strategic response following Sri Lanka’s initial loss of wickets, thereby establishing a formidable cumulative score of 251. The pursuit of India faced a significant setback subsequent to the departure of Sachin Tendulkar. The occurrence of disorderly crowd conduct resulted in a momentary cessation of gameplay, ultimately leading to the unprecedented outcome where Sri Lanka was granted victory by default. Such an event has never before been witnessed in the annals of Test or One Day International history.

Australia displayed a notable recovery, specifically emerging from a precarious position of 15/4, to ultimately attain a commendable score of 207/8 during their semi-final encounter against West Indies. The West Indies team maintained a favorable position at a score of 165/2, however, their performance deteriorated, resulting in a total of 202 runs before being all out. In the ultimate phase of the competition, Sri Lanka made the decision to assume the fielding position initially. Australia achieved a total of 241 runs for the loss of 7 wickets, during which Mark Taylor contributed significantly with a score of 74. In the 47th over, Sri Lanka successfully attained the designated target, propelled by de Silva’s undefeated score of 107, thereby meriting him the coveted Player of the Match recognition. The triumph of Sri Lanka signified the inaugural occasion wherein a host or co-host emerged victorious in the World Cup.

Group A

Date Match Details Results
16 Feb Zimbabwe 151/9 (50 overs) vs West Indies 155/4 (29.3 overs) WI won by 6 wickets
17 Feb Sri Lanka vs Australia SL won by walkover
18 Feb Kenya 199/6 (50 overs) vs India 203/3 (41.5 overs) IND won by 7 wickets
21 Feb Zimbabwe 228/6 (50 overs) vs Sri Lanka 229/4 (37 overs) SL won by 6 wickets
21 Feb West Indies 173 (50 overs) vs India 174/5 (39.4 overs) IND won by 5 wickets
23 Feb Australia 304/7 (50 overs) vs Kenya 207/7 (50 overs) AUS won by 97 runs
26 Feb Sri Lanka vs West Indies SL won by walkover
27 Feb Kenya 134 (49.4 overs) vs Zimbabwe 137/5 (42.2 overs) ZIM won by 5 wickets
27 Feb Australia 258 (50 overs) vs India 242 (48 overs) AUS won by 16 runs
29 Feb Kenya 166 (49.3 overs) vs West Indies 93 (35.2 overs) KEN won by 73 runs
1 Mar Zimbabwe 154 (45.3 overs) vs Australia 158/2 (36 overs) AUS won by 8 wickets
2 Mar India 271/3 (50 overs) vs Sri Lanka 272/4 (48.4 overs) SL won by 6 wickets
4 Mar Australia 229/6 (50 overs) vs West Indies 232/6 (48.5 overs) WI won by 4 wickets
6 Mar India 247/5 (50 overs) vs Zimbabwe 207 (49.4 overs) IND won by 40 runs
6 Mar Sri Lanka 398/5 (50 overs) vs Kenya 254/7 (50 overs) SL won by 144 runs

Group B

Date Match Details Results
14 Feb New Zealand 239/6 (50 overs) vs England 228/9 (50 overs) NZ won by 11 runs
16 Feb South Africa 321/2 (50 overs) vs UAE 152/8 (50 overs) SA won by 169 runs
17 Feb New Zealand 307/8 (50 overs) vs Netherlands 188/7 (50 overs) NZ won by 119 runs
18 Feb UAE 136 (48.3 overs) vs England 140/2 (35 overs) ENG won by 8 wickets
20 Feb New Zealand 177/9 (50 overs) vs South Africa 178/5 (37.3 overs) SA won by 5 wickets
22 Feb England 279/4 (50 overs) vs Netherlands 230/6 (50 overs) ENG won by 49 runs
24 Feb UAE 109/9 (33 overs) vs Pakistan 112/1 (18 overs) PAK won by 9 wickets
25 Feb South Africa 230 (50 overs) vs England 152 (44.3 overs) SA won by 78 runs
26 Feb Netherlands 145/7 (50 overs) vs Pakistan 151/2 (30.4 overs) PAK won by 8 wickets
27 Feb New Zealand 276/8 (47 overs) vs UAE 167/9 (47 overs) NZ won by 109 runs
29 Feb Pakistan 242/6 (50 overs) vs South Africa 243/5 (44.2 overs) SA won by 5 wickets
1 Mar Netherlands 216/9 (50 overs) vs UAE 220/3 (44.2 overs) UAE won by 7 wickets
3 Mar England 249/9 (50 overs) vs Pakistan 250/3 (47.4 overs) PAK won by 7 wickets
5 Mar South Africa 328/3 (50 overs) vs Netherlands 168/8 (50 overs) SA won by 160 runs
6 Mar Pakistan 281/5 (50 overs) vs New Zealand 235 (47.3 overs) PAK won by 46 runs


Date Match Details Results
9 Mar England 235/8 (50 overs) vs Sri Lanka 236/5 (40.4 overs) SL won by 5 wickets
9 Mar India 287/8 (50 overs) vs Pakistan 248/9 (49 overs) IND won by 39 runs
11 Mar West Indies 264/8 (50 overs) vs South Africa 245 (49.3 overs) WI won by 19 runs
11 Mar New Zealand 286/9 (50 overs) vs Australia 289/4 (47.5 overs) Aus won by 6 wickets

Semi Finals

Date Match Details Results
13 Mar Sri Lanka 251/8 (50 overs) vs India 120/8 (34.1 overs) SL won by default
14 Mar Australia 207/8 (50 overs) vs West Indies 202 (49.3 overs) Aus won by 5 runs


Date Match Details Results
17 Mar Australia 241/7 (50 overs) vs Sri Lanka 245/3 (46.2 overs) SL won by 7 wickets

On the 17th of March, in a day-night match, the Sri Lankan cricket team emerged victorious with a 7-wicket triumph over the Australian team. Australia achieved a total score of 241 runs while losing seven wickets over the course of 50 overs. Mark Taylor displayed exceptional performance by contributing the highest score of 74 runs. As a rejoinder, Sri Lanka successfully pursued the set objective by attaining a final score of 245/3 with 3. 4 overs still unutilized. Aravinda de Silva played a significant and pivotal role in the match, displaying exceptional batting prowess by scoring an unbeaten 107 runs. In addition, he made a notable contribution to the team’s success by taking three wickets. Aravinda de Silva was bestowed with the coveted accolade of Player of the Match. The cricket match was held at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, presided over by Steve Bucknor and David Shepherd serving as the umpires.


The 1996 Cricket World Cup was co-hosted by India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The 1996 Cricket World Cup was won by Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka introduced aggressive batting during the first 15 overs, utilizing openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana to exploit fielding restrictions.
Sri Lanka set a new record for the highest team score in a One Day International with 398 against Kenya.
After crowd disturbances at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, the match referee declared Sri Lanka winners by default. This was the first time a match had been awarded by default in Test or One Day International history.
Aravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka was named the Player of the Match in the final for his unbeaten century and three-wicket haul.
The Sri Lankan team was coached by Dav Whatmore during the 1996 World Cup.
Sri Lanka's win was notable as it was the first time a host or co-host had won the cricket World Cup.


The 1996 Cricket World Cup constitutes a pivotal moment in the realm of cricket, wherein Sri Lanka’s inventive tactics profoundly transformed the manner in which One Day Internationals were approached. The utilization of a highly aggressive approach during the initial 15 overs by the openers paved the way for a novel standard within the realm of the sport, effectively showcasing the progressive transformation of cricket strategies.

The triumph of Sri Lanka in securing their inaugural World Cup championship represents a momentous juncture in the team’s history. The aforementioned occurrence also disrupted the recurrent sequence of past tournaments, as it marked the inaugural instance where the host or co-host team emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup.

Moreover, the semi-final encounter between India and Sri Lanka is regarded as an inauspicious incident in the annals of cricket, as it stands as the inaugural match that was conceded through default on account of disruptions caused by the spectators.

The 1996 World Cup served as a significant milestone in the annals of cricket, not only leaving an indelible mark on the sport’s history but also offering unforgettable instances and strategic maneuvers that altered the course of the games. The aforementioned exhibition epitomized the ethos of cricket, demonstrating versatility, honorable conduct, and the perpetual metamorphosis of the sport.