The fixture list for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India has been released along with the 10 venues for the 46-day mega event later this year.
The World Cup begins on October 5 with a repeat of the 2019 Final as England take on New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Hosts India begin their campaign on October 8 against five-time World Cup winners Australia in Chennai.
A total of 10 teams will participate in the showcase event, the top eight have already qualified for the Super League Cricket World Cup. The final two spots will be decided at the end of the Qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe, which concludes on July 9.
Each team plays the other nine in a round robin format with the top four qualifying for the knockout stage and semi-finals.
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Apart from the fast-paced opener and India’s 2019 semi-final clash with Australia, the tournament is packed with a number of crucial encounters.
Australia will face South Africa on October 12r in Lucknow hoping for a reversal of fortune as a dramatic encounter in the last edition ended in favor of the Proteas.
The much-awaited India-Pakistan clash is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 in Ahmedabad. Their last encounter in the 2019 World Cup was a high-scoring affair with India eking out a huge win in Manchester.
Pakistan take on Australia in Bengaluru on October 20, while England take on South Africa the following day in Mumbai.
India will take on New Zealand to avenge their 2019 semi-final defeat on October 22 at the picturesque Dharamsala and Australia will take on arch-rivals England on November 4 in Ahmedabad. The defending champions had crushed the Australians to enter the final four years ago.
India will await England on October 29 in Lucknow, who defeated them in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 just last year.
The final match of the group stage will be England vs Pakistan in Kolkata on November 12.
The first semi-final will be played on Wednesday, November 15 in Mumbai and the second semi-final will be played the following day in Kolkata. Both semi-finals will have a reserve.
The Final will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19 with November 20 set as the reserve.
All three knockout matches will be day-night events, with matches starting at 14:00 local time.
There will be a total of 10 venues – Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dharmsala, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram apart from Hyderabad will host the warm-up matches from September 29 to October 3.
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