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A closer look at the Cricket World Cup

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The World Cup is back in England and Wales for the first time since 1999.

The Cricket World Cup will provide one of the key moments of this summer’s sporting calendar.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at the competition.

When and where will the tournament take place?

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Who is involved?

Chris Gayle and the West Indies will be there
Chris Gayle and the West Indies will be there (John Walton/PA)

So who missed out?

Kyle Coetzer, left, and Scotland will not be participating
Kyle Coetzer, left, and Scotland will not be participating (Robert Perry/PA)

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What is the format?

The precise structure of the cricket World Cup has always been open to tinkering and the version in place on this occasion is one of the more straightforward, though it does feel somewhat bloated. All 10 sides will compete in a round-robin group stage comprising 45 fixtures. The top four will then advance to semi-finals at Old Trafford and Edgbaston before the Lord’s final on July 14.

Who are the favourites?

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Will there be controversy?

Pakistan won the Champions Trophy final
Pakistan won the Champions Trophy final at The Oval two years ago (Steven Paston/PA)

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