The schedule for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India has been unveiled, featuring ten venues that will host the mega event spanning 46 days later this year.
The tournament commences on October 5 with a thrilling rematch of the 2019 Final, as England takes on New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The host nation, India, embarks on their campaign on October 8 against five-time World Cup champions Australia in Chennai.
A total of ten teams will participate in this showcase event, with the first eight already qualifying through the Cricket World Cup Super League. The remaining two spots will be determined at the conclusion of the Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe, scheduled to end on July 9.
In a round-robin format, each team will play against the other nine, with the top four advancing to the knockout stage and semifinals.
In addition to the exciting opening match and India’s clash with 2019 semi-finalists Australia, the tournament boasts several crucial encounters.
Australia seeks redemption against South Africa on October 13 in Lucknow, following a dramatic encounter in the previous edition that favored the Proteas.
The highly anticipated India-Pakistan showdown is scheduled for Sunday, October 15, in Ahmedabad. Their last encounter in the 2019 World Cup was a high-scoring spectacle, with India emerging victorious in Manchester.
Pakistan faces Australia in Bengaluru on October 20, while England takes on South Africa the following day in Mumbai.
On October 22, India seeks to avenge their 2019 semi-final defeat as they go up against New Zealand at the picturesque Dharamsala venue. Australia and their arch-rivals England clash on November 4 in Ahmedabad, recalling the dominating performance by the defending champions in the previous tournament’s semi-finals.
India eagerly awaits their match against England on October 29 in Lucknow, after suffering a defeat at the hands of the English in the semi-final of the 2022 T20 World Cup just last year.
The group stage concludes with an exciting encounter between England and Pakistan in Kolkata on November 12.
The grand finale will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, with November 20 designated as the reserve day.