The 2023 ICC World Cup is slated to begin on October 5 and conclude on November 19 at Ahmedabad according to latest report by ESPNcricinfo.
A total of 48 matches will be held over the course of 46 days.
The final match is scheduled at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, with 12 venues across India reportedly confirmed to host the World Cup matches in India.
In addition to Ahmedabad, the prestigious cricket event will be held in cities such as Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, and Mumbai.
Although the ICC typically confirms World Cup schedules a year in advance, the BCCI has not yet finalized the specific venues for the matches. This is due to the need for Indian government clearances and assessing the effects of the monsoon on different venues at various times.
The delay in the schedule’s release has also been caused by the BCCI seeking a tax exemption from the Indian government for the tournament, as well as addressing the diplomatic issue of Pakistan’s cricket team participating in India.
As per ICC regulations, the host nation must secure a tax exemption from its government for globally organized tournaments.
A BCCI document shared with state bodies reveals that, without tax exemption, a 21.84% tax payment would result in a USD 116.47 million revenue loss for the board. India has hosted two ICC events in the past decade, the 2016 and 2021 T20 World Cups.
The last time India hosted the World Cup was in 2011, in which Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also served as co-hosts. That year, MS Dhoni’s iconic six led India to victory against Sri Lanka in the final at Wankhede Stadium.
England, as defending champions, will enter the tournament after their victory against New Zealand in the thrilling 2019 ODI World Cup final.
So far, the teams that have qualified for the 2023 event include India (automatic qualification as host), Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Pakistan, and New Zealand, with three more teams yet to be confirmed.
The tournament will follow a 50-over (ODI) format, consisting of round-robin and knockout stages.