The excitement among cricket fans is reaching fever pitch as the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 draws closer. With India hosting the tournament this year, the Men in Blue are not only expected to be one of the title favorites but also have the advantage of playing on home soil. While the official schedule is yet to be announced, a draft schedule earlier reported by ESPNCricinfo has provided fans with a glimpse of the possible fixture dates and venues for the marquee tournament.
According to a report from ESPNCricinfo, the draft schedule reveals that the Indian team will play their matches across nine different venues in the country. The Men in Blue will commence their campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai. This encounter will take place three days after England and New Zealand have a rematch of the previous World Cup’s final, kicking off the tournament at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Furthermore, Pakistan’s league stage matches are scheduled to be played across five venues in India, including Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Chennai. As per the draft schedule, India will face Pakistan on October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which is expected to be a highly anticipated and fiercely contested match.
The five-time champions Australia will go head-to-head with New Zealand on October 29 at the picturesque Dharamsala stadium. Additionally, they will face England in Ahmedabad on November 4. The match between New Zealand and South Africa will be held in Pune on November 1.
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While fans eagerly await the final schedule to be announced, this draft schedule has already ignited enthusiasm and speculation about the highly anticipated clashes that will take place during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. With the home advantage on their side, the Men in Blue will be aiming to lift the trophy in front of their passionate supporters and etch their names in cricketing history once again.
India’s Matches at ODI World Cup 2023 as Per Draft Schedule
|October 8||India vs Australia||Chennai|
|October 11||India vs Afghanistan||Delhi|
|October 15||India vs Pakistan||Ahmedabad|
|October 19||India vs Bangladesh||Pune|
|October 22||India vs New Zealand||Dharamsala|
|October 29||India vs England||Lucknow|
|November 2||India vs Qualifier||Mumbai|
|November 5||India vs South Africa||Kolkata|
|November 11||India vs Qualifier||Bengaluru|