Rise and shine, cricket lovers! The most exciting event for you all – the eagerly awaited ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is finally here! Ever since the inception of the ICC World Cup in 1975, it has always been a cricketing extravaganza that brings fans from all over the world together to celebrate the sport we love. 

Can you believe it’s already the 13th edition of the quadrennial cricketing tournament? Time flies when you’re having fun, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement and anticipation that comes with a World Cup year. 

Originally scheduled for spring 2023, the ICC delayed the tournament. Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the ICC took the right judgment call. And now that the wait is almost over, the excitement around the World Cup is buzzing again!

Go ahead and mark your calendars! The Cricket World Cup 2023 start date is 10 October 2023, and the show will keep you entertained until 19 November. As you may already know, the Cricket World Cup 2023 tickets have been on sale since 26 August. 

So, plan for the biggest cricketing spectacle of the year! Please read on for more detailed information about Cricket World Cup 2023 stadiums, host nation, schedules, and ticket prices.

India: The Host of ICC Men’s World Cup 2023

Before we reveal the Cricket World Cup 2023 hosting country, let’s get some drumroll, please… It’s India! India, known for its rich cricketing history and passionate cricket fans, is set to be the epicenter of cricketing action. 

The country has now received the honor of hosting this magnificent sports event for the fourth time in history. Such a proud moment for us, isn’t it? 

Previously, India’s decision to boycott the Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan created quite a buzz. And in response, Pakistan’s call to boycott the Cricket World Cup 2023 in India just added more fuel to the fire. But no matter how much these two nations bicker with each other, cricket is one of many things that brings them together. 

Much to our relief, the cricketing powers stepped in to find a solution. This issue was solved by dividing the Asia Cup hosting rights between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Being the neutral party here, Sri Lanka graciously hosted all the matches for Indian teams. 

It was a win-win solution that allowed cricket to take center stage, which is exactly where it should be. Keeping aside bilateral issues, now is the time to rejoice and celebrate the world of cricket! Fans in India and abroad get ready to witness 10 teams battle it out in 48 matches. 

The Cricket World Cup 2023 matches will be held across 12 beautiful Indian cities. Let’s see who gets to lift the ultimate trophy in the world of cricket!

World Cup Tickets: Secure your seats before the battle begins!

For those of you who haven’t grabbed your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Move your lazy bums off the couches and head over to the official ICC website or the authorized ticketing partners to secure your passes now. The ticketing process is now smoother, thanks to multiple payment options.

And don’t worry; the numbers won’t burn your pockets! The BCCI and ICC have set the Cricket World Cup 2023 ticket prices according to the match venues. The ticket prices range from INR 200 to INR 50,000. Here, you’ll be able to choose your matches by both teams as well as venues.  

Apart from BookMyShow, you can also grab your tickets from Viagogo. Moreover, viewers can purchase tickets at the match venues. Visitors from abroad, make sure to plan your dates ahead to grab the best deals on flights and hotels.

Watching the World Cup Online: Cheering for your favorite teams from afar!

If you’re a homebody and want to catch the games from the comfort of your living room, let’s give you the deets. You can live stream your favorite matches on the Disney+ Hotstar app for free! For TV users, tune in to the Star Sports Network channels to watch the games live. 

What’s more? You’re in for an interesting ICC update! The ICC will provide a vertical video feed of the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on ICC TV for the first time.

According to Anurag Dahiya, the Chief Commercial Officer at ICC, “This game-changing initiative promises to transform the fan viewing experience. It is an innovative approach to cricket coverage that will place fans at the center of the action, bringing them closer to the game than ever before and providing a world-class production to the biggest Cricket World Cup ever.”

Stock up on your favorite munchies, from popcorn and chips to samosas and pizza. It’s all about the match-day feast!

World Cup Showdown: The Elite Teams of 2023

Yes, we know you’ve been dying to know about the selected teams who’ll be contesting for the ultimate prize in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Well, for starters, being the host, India is qualified by default.

The rest of the teams are New Zealand, Australia, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and South Africa. All these teams have been selected based on their performance in the ODI matches since the previous World Cup in 2019. 

Moreover, there are two new additions! The Sri Lankan and Netherlands teams qualified earlier this year by battling it in a qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe. 

Sorry to break it to the West Indies fans out there; your team won’t make an appearance this year. Unfortunately, Ireland and Zimbabwe have also failed to qualify for the Cricket World Cup 2023.

World Cup 2023: The Match Format

Those of you who had followed the previous World Cup back in 2019, you guys already know the drill. Let’s dive in and shed some light on the match format for the newcomers and give a quick refresher for the ones with rusty memories.

The Cricket World Cup 2023 will follow the 2019 format. First, there will be a single round-robin stage, followed by the semi-finals, finally leading up to the exhilarating finals! 

At the first stage of the Cricket World Cup 2023, all teams will face each other once. The winners will gain two points. In case of a tie or no result, both teams will gain one point each. The top 4 teams will move up to the semi-finals. 

At this level, the top-ranked team will play against the fourth-ranked team. And the second and third-placed teams will be pitted against one another. The winning teams will finally meet each other at the finals. 

But here’s the catch: the boundary countback rule that led England to its victory in 2019 has been rejected. Therefore, if teams are tied in a knockout game and remain tied in the next super over, they’ll have to keep playing multiple super overs until the winner comes out. 

So, get ready for some heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat action in those tied knockout games. Who knows how many super-overs we might witness before getting our ultimate champion?

Stadium Spotlight: A tour of the Cricket World Cup 2023 Venues 

India welcomes you all! Immerse yourself in the splendor of the country’s rich cultural heritage while experiencing the top-notch cricketing infrastructure. We have compiled a list of the stadiums hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 matches. 

You can also check out the Cricket World Cup 2023 venue in 12 different cities alongside the stadium names. Let’s take a look at the stadiums below:

Ahmedabad – Narendra Modi Stadium
Bengaluru – M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Chennai – Chidambaram Stadium
Delhi – Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium
Dharamsala – Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
Hyderabad – Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Kolkata – Eden Gardens
Lucknow – Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium
Mumbai – Wankhede Stadium
Pune – Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium

The much-awaited India Vs. Pakistan match in World Cup 2023 will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

Cricket World Cup 2023 – The Match Schedule at a Glance

Grab your planner and note down the most important schedule for this year. God forbid you miss any of the Cricket World Cup 2023 matches. 

Be it because of an ill-planned office meeting or even a dinner date, we know you won’t be able to forgive yourself! All you India-Pakistan match enthusiasts, free up your schedule for the 14 October round-robin match in Ahmedabad.

Let’s go through the much-awaited Cricket World Cup 2023 match schedule provided below.

Schedule for the warm-up matches

As all cricket fans will agree, it’s not just about the main event! Before the World Cup matches kick off, we’ve got some exciting warm-up matches to look forward to. 

The ICC and BCCI have already announced the dates and venues for the warm-up games. The matches will be held from 29 September to 3 October 2023. The three chosen venues are Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Thiruvananthapuram.

The warm-up matches will follow the same format as the previous years’ matches. There will be 50 overs per side in a match. All members of each team will be allowed to field. Hence, these matches will not be counted as ODI matches. It’s like the calm before the cricketing storm, and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top!

Cricketing Clashes: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Match Fixtures

The complete schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 matches is here. Take a look to plan your days around it for the next two months!

Thursday, 5 OctoberEngland v New Zealand Ahmedabad 14:00 IST
Friday, 6 October Pakistan v Netherlands Hyderabad14:00 IST
Saturday, 7 October Bangladesh v Afghanistan Dharamsala10:30 IST
South Africa v Sri Lanka Delhi14:00 IST
Sunday, 8 October India vs Australia Chennai14:00 IST
Monday, 9 OctoberNew Zealand v Netherlands Hyderabad 14:00 IST
Tuesday, 10 October England v Bangladesh Dharamsala10:30 IST
Pakistan v Sri LankaHyderabad14:00 IST
Wednesday, 11 October India v Afghanistan Delhi 14:00 IST
Thursday, 12 OctoberAustralia v South Africa Lucknow14:00 IST
Friday, 13 October New Zealand v Bangladesh Chennai 14:00 IST
Saturday, 14 October India v PakistanAhmedabad14:00 IST
Sunday, 15 October England v Afghanistan Delhi14:00 IST
Monday, 16 October Australia v Sri Lanka Lucknow 14:00 IST
Tuesday, 17 October South Africa v Netherlands Dharamsala14:00 IST
Wednesday, 18 OctoberNew Zealand v Afghanistan Chennai 14:00 IST
Thursday, 19 October India v Bangladesh Pune 14:00 IST
Friday, 20 October Australia v Pakistan Bengaluru 14:00 IST
Saturday, 21 October Netherlands v Sri Lanka Lucknow 10:30 IST
England v South Africa Mumbai14:00 IST
Sunday, 22 OctoberIndia v New ZealandDharamsala14:00 IST
Monday, 23 October Pakistan v Afghanistan Chennai14:00 IST
Tuesday, 24 October South Africa v Bangladesh Mumbai14:00 IST
Wednesday, 25 October Australia v Netherlands Delhi14:00 IST
Thursday, 26 October England v Sri LankaBengaluru14:00 IST
Friday, 27 October Pakistan v South AfricaChennai 14:00 IST
Saturday, 28 October Australia v New Zealand Dharamsala10:30 IST
Netherlands v BangladeshKolkata14:00 IST
Sunday, 29 OctoberIndia v England Lucknow 14:00 IST
Monday, 30 October Afghanistan v Sri Lanka Pune14:00 IST
Tuesday, 31 October Pakistan v Bangladesh Kolkata14:00 IST
Wednesday, 1 November New Zealand v South AfricaPune14:00 IST
Thursday, 2 November India v Sri Lanka Mumbai14:00 IST
Friday, 3 November Netherlands v Afghanistan Lucknow14:00 IST
Saturday, 4 November New Zealand v Pakistan Bengaluru 10:30 IST
England v Australia Ahmedabad14:00 IST
Sunday, 5 November India v South Africa Kolkata14:00 IST
Monday, 6 November Bangladesh v Sri Lanka Delhi 14:00 IST
Tuesday, 7 November Australia v Afghanistan Mumbai 14:00 IST
Wednesday, 8 November England v Netherlands Pune14:00 IST
Thursday, 9 November New Zealand v Sri Lanka Bengaluru14:00 IST
Friday, 10 November South Africa v AfghanistanAhmedabad 14:00 IST
Saturday, 11 November Australia v Bangladesh Pune10:30 IST
England v Pakistan Kolkata 14:00 IST
Sunday, 12 November India v Netherlands Bengaluru14:00 IST
Wednesday, 15 NovemberSemi-final 1 (First place vs. Fourth place)Mumbai 14:00 IST
Thursday, 16 November Semi-final 2 (Second place vs. Third Place)Kolkata14:00 IST
Sunday, 19 November Final Ahmedabad 14:00 IST

Latest Odds For the Best-performing Teams

Excited to keep track of the Cricket World Cup latest odds? Check out the odds below:

  • India 5/2
  • England 13/4
  • Australia 9/2
  • Pakistan 7/1
  • New Zealand 10/1
  • South Africa 10/1
  • Sri Lanka 33/1
  • Bangladesh 100/1
  • Afghanistan 100/1
  • Netherlands 1000/1

Come, Rejoice in the Spirit of Cricket!

Since the last World Cup in 2019, a lot of things have changed. For instance, in previous World Cups, teams qualified for the tournament on the basis of their ODI results. However, this time around, a series of matches were played between 2020 and 2023. The rankings from these matches decided the fate of teams destined to play in the World Cup.

Nevertheless, this is a time when the young and the old set aside their generational differences and come together. We revel in the powerful fours and sixes and enjoy raging debates on their favorite bowlers. So, get ready to cheer, celebrate, debate, and share in the triumphs and heartbreaks. May the best team lift the World Cup!

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