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ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 – All you need to know

The 13th edition of the 50-over ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is set to commence on October 5, 2023. The all-important event will be held in India this time around.

Four years ago, England and New Zealand locked horns in the final of this very competition to give the cricketing world what is arguably one of the greatest One Day Internationals ever. Now, the proceedings shift to India as the two-time champions host the tournament.

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There are not many nations that can claim to love this sport as much as India. The World Cup guarantees entertainment and action as all the participating teams look to emerge victorious and take the prestigious trophy home.

There is excitement in the air, and curiosity too. Here is everything you need to know about the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023:

How many teams will take part in the Cricket World Cup?

A total of 10 teams will be competing at the World Cup. As hosts, India are on the receiving end of an automatic qualification.

The seven teams who qualified after ending in the top eight of the 2020–2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League rankings are New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, Afghanistan and South Africa (in order of their positions).

The remaining two spots were to be decided through the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Amongst the ten sides in contention for the last two spots at the mega event, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands confirmed their presence at the tournament as they finished first and second respectively in the Super Sixes.

Who qualified from the World Cup Qualifiers?

The two teams from the qualifiers who have booked their tickets to India for the 50-over World Cup are Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

Initially, a total of ten teams were divided into two groups of five sides each. The top three sides from each group then qualified for the next round, which was called the “Super Sixes.” The two groups, arranged as per their final rankings, were as follows:

Group A: Zimbabwe, Netherlands, West Indies, Nepal, United States of America

Group B: Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman, Ireland, United Arab Emirates

As a result, Zimbabwe, Netherlands and West Indies made it to the Super Sixes from Group A, while Sri Lanka, Scotland and Oman proceeded from Group B.

In the Super Sixes, teams carried forward the points they accumulated in the group stage against the other two sides who qualified alongside them. This meant that Zimbabwe, Netherlands and West Indies carried over only those points from the group stage that they earned against one another. The same applied to the three Group B sides as well.

West Indies, who came in as favorites owing to their rich cricketing history, lost to both Zimbabwe and Netherlands in the group stage. Consequently, they entered the Super Sixes with zero points, which already made it close to impossible for them to qualify.

Zimbabwe were excellent throughout their campaign and were unbeaten until their last two games. However, they lost both the remaining games and missed out on a World Cup qualification in front of their home crowd, who was incredibly energetic and supportive throughout.

Scotland showed immense promise and indestructible fighting spirit. It all came down to the last game between Netherlands and Scotland, where a win for the latter would guarantee their qualification, while the former could qualify only if they chased down 278 runs in 44 overs.

A magnificent all-round performance from Bas de Leede took the Netherlands over the line. Scotland fought hard, but they missed out on the basis of their NRR (Net Run Rate).

Sri Lanka qualified with ease, as they ended the Super Sixes with a perfect ten points.

What are the venues for the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup?

The entirety of the World Cup would be played in India; something that has never happened before.

A total of 10 venues are set to be used to host the 48 World Cup games. India will be playing nine league games, each at a different venue.

Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, is set to host the opener of the tournament on October 5, as well as the final which will be played on November 19. The two semi-finals will be held at Wankhede Stadium and Eden Gardens.

The games are set to be played across the following venues:

Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad – 5 games

Mangalam Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru – 5 games

Muthiah Annamalai Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai – 5 games

Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi – 5 games

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala – 5 games

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad – 3 games

Eden Gardens, Kolkata – 5 games

Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow – 5 games

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 5 games

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune – 5 games

When will the squads be announced?

The teams can announce their World Cup squads latest by September 5, 2023.

From August 29 onwards, drafts can be made and submitted. Then, changes could be made to the squad in the upcoming week if required.

However, September 5 will be the deadline to submit final squads. No changes will be allowed after that.

In case a team is willing to make some adjustments to the squad post September 5, it will be possible only after an approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) Technical Committee.

All sides have tried and tested players over the last few months. More or less, the managements are clear with respect to who is in their plans for the marquee-event, and who is not. There is still some time, and teams would want to figure out their perfect combinations before heading into the World Cup.

How to book tickets for the ICC World Cup 2023?

Reports earlier suggested that the ICC could release tickets in the first week of July 2023. However, we are approaching August and there is still no official confirmation regarding the release date for tickets.

The tickets will be on sale on the official website and application of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Sources say that PayTM and BookMyShow may also be selling tickets officially.

Most of the tickets will be sold online. But, there is no authentic news relating to the exact dates when the tickets go live. The anticipation keeps building and tickets are expected to be sold out within minutes and hours of being released.

Schedule of the ODI World Cup

DateMatchTime (IST)Venue
Thu, 5th OctEngland vs New Zealand2:00 PMNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Fri, 6th OctPakistan vs Netherlands2:00 PMRGI Stadium, Hyderabad
Sat, 7th OctBangladesh vs Afghanistan10:30 AMHPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
Sat, 7th OctSouth Africa vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Sun, 8th OctIndia vs Australia2:00 PMMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Mon, 9th OctNew Zealand vs Netherlands2:00 PMRGI Stadium, Hyderabad
Tue, 10th OctEngland vs Bangladesh2:00 PMHPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
Wed, 11th OctIndia vs Afghanistan2:00 PMArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Thu, 12th OctPakistan vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMRGI Stadium, Hyderabad
Fri, 13th OctAustralia vs South Africa2:00 PMEkana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Sat, 14th OctNew Zealand vs Bangladesh10:30 AMMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Sat, 14th OctEngland vs Afghanistan2:00 PMArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Sun, 15th OctIndia vs Pakistan2:00 PMNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Mon, 16th OctAustralia vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMEkana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Tue, 17th OctSouth Africa vs Netherlands2:00 PMHPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
Wed, 18th OctNew Zealand vs Afghanistan2:00 PMMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Thu, 19th OctIndia vs Bangladesh2:00 PMMCA Stadium, Pune
Fri, 20th OctAustralia vs Pakistan2:00 PMM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Sat, 21st OctNetherlands vs Sri Lanka10:30 AMEkana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Sat, 21st OctEngland vs South Africa2:00 PMWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Sun, 22nd OctIndia vs New Zealand2:00 PMHPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
Mon, 23rd OctPakistan vs Afghanistan2:00 PMMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Tue, 24th OctSouth Africa vs Bangladesh2:00 PMWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Wed, 25th OctAustralia vs Netherlands2:00 PMArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Thu, 26th OctEngland vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Fri, 27th OctPakistan vs South Africa2:00 PMMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Sat, 28th OctAustralia vs New Zealand10:30 AMHPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
Sat, 28th OctNetherlands vs Bangladesh2:00 PMEden Gardens, Kolkata
Sun, 29th OctIndia vs England2:00 PMEkana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Mon, 29th OctAfghanistan vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMMCA Stadium, Pune
Tue, 30th OctPakistan vs Bangladesh2:00 PMEden Gardens, Kolkata
Wed, 1st NovNew Zealand vs South Africa2:00 PMMCA Stadium, Pune
Thu, 2nd NovIndia vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Fri, 3rd OctNetherlands vs Afghanistan2:00 PMEkana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Sat, 4th OctNew Zealand vs Pakistan10:30 AMM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Sat, 4th OctEngland vs Australia2:00 PMNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Sun, 5th NovIndia vs South Africa2:00 PMEden Gardens, Kolkata
Mon, 6th NovBangladesh vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Tue, 7th NovAustralia vs Afghanistan2:00 PMWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Wed, 8th NovEngland vs Netherlands2:00 PMMCA Stadium, Pune
Thu, 9th NovNew Zealand vs Sri Lanka2:00 PMM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Fri, 10th NovSouth Africa vs Afghanistan2:00 PMNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Sat, 11th NovIndia vs Netherlands2:00 PMM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Sun, 12th NovAustralia vs Bangladesh10:30 AMMCA Stadium, Pune
Sun, 12th NovEngland vs Pakistan2:00 PMEden Gardens, Kolkata
Wed, 15th NovSemi Final 1 (1st vs 4th)2:00 PMWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Thu, 16th NovSemi Final 2 (2nd vs 3rd)2:00 PMEden Gardens, Kolkata
Sun, 19th NovFinal2:00 PMNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

India’s schedule in the ODI World Cup

India will begin their World Cup campaign on October 8 against Australia in Chennai.

MatchDateTime (IST)Venue
India vs AustraliaSun, 8th Oct2:00 PMMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
India vs AfghanistanWed, 11th Oct2:00 PMArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
India vs PakistanSun, 15th Oct2:00 PMNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
India vs BangladeshThu, 19th Oct2:00 PMMCA Stadium, Pune
India vs New ZealandSun, 22nd Oct2:00 PMHPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
India vs EnglandSun, 29th Oct2:00 PMEkana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
India vs Sri LankaThu, 2nd Nov2:00 PMWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
India vs South AfricaSun, 5th Nov2:00 PMEden Gardens, Kolkata
India vs NetherlandsSat, 11th Nov2:00 PMM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


How many times have India won the Women’s Cricket World Cup?

India have never won the World Cup in 11 editions. India have made the finals twice, in 2005 and 2017, but failed to win the Women’s World Cup.

When is the World Cup in cricket?

The 2023 edition of the ODI Men’s Cricket World Cup will begin on October 5 in India, with last edition’s finalists England and New Zealand facing each other at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Who won the first World Cup?

The first women’s World Cup was held in 1973, and was won by England. The first men’s World Cup, two years later, in 1975, was won by the West Indies.


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