The fixtures for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India have been released, along with the announcement of the ten venues that will host the tournament. The event will span across 46 days later this year.
The World Cup will commence on October 5 with a match between England and New Zealand, a rematch of the 2019 Final, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Hosts India will begin their campaign on October 8 against five-time World Cup champions Australia in Chennai.
A total of 10 teams will participate in the tournament, with the first eight already qualified through the Cricket World Cup Super League. The remaining two spots will be determined at the end of the Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe, concluding on July 9.
The teams will compete in a round-robin format, playing against each other once. The top four teams will advance to the knockout stage and compete in the semi-finals.
In addition to the exciting opening match and India’s clash with 2019 semi-finalists Australia, the tournament features several important encounters.
Australia will face South Africa on October 13 in Lucknow, seeking redemption after a dramatic meeting in the previous edition resulted in a victory for the Proteas.
The highly anticipated India-Pakistan match is scheduled for Sunday, October 15 in Ahmedabad. Their last encounter in the 2019 World Cup was a high-scoring affair, with India emerging victorious in Manchester.
Pakistan will meet Australia in Bengaluru on October 20, while England will face South Africa the following day in Mumbai.
India will take on New Zealand on October 22 in Dharamsala, seeking to avenge their defeat in the 2019 semi-final. Australia will face their arch-rivals England on November 4 in Ahmedabad, recalling their emphatic victory over the Aussies in the previous edition, propelling them to the final.
On October 29, India will be up against England in Lucknow, seeking redemption after their loss in the semi-final of the 2022 T20 World Cup just last year.
The final group stage match will see England and Pakistan clash in Kolkata on November 12.
The first semi-final will be held on Wednesday, November 15 in Mumbai, followed by the second semi-final the next day in Kolkata. Both semi-finals will have a reserve day.
The Final will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, with November 20 designated as the reserve day.
All three knockout fixtures will be day-night matches, with the matches starting at 14:00 local time.