The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has expressed immense pride as India prepares to host the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the fourth time. Highlighting the significance of this momentous occasion, Shah emphasized that the marquee event would not only display India’s rich diversity but also solidify its position as a powerhouse in the world of cricket.
With the tournament scheduled to commence on October 5, cricket fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the clash between England and New Zealand, which will be held at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India, the host nation, will begin their campaign on October 8 against the five-time World Cup champions, Australia, in the vibrant city of Chennai.
In a tweet, Jay Shah expressed his excitement, stating, “Proud moment for India! Hosting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the fourth time is an incredible honor. With 12 cities as the backdrop, we’ll showcase our rich diversity and world-class cricketing infrastructure. Get ready for an unforgettable tournament! #CWC2023.”
Shah further addressed the ongoing debates surrounding the future of One Day Internationals (ODIs), confidently asserting that the World Cup in India would put an end to such discussions. His statement, made during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup press conference in Mumbai, emphasized the grandeur and significance of the upcoming tournament.
A total of 10 teams will participate in this showcase event, with the first eight already having 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. In the round-robin format, each team will face off against the other nine, with the top four advancing to the knockout stage and semi-finals.
As the excitement builds, fans can look forward to thrilling matches. On October 20, Pakistan will go head-to-head against Australia in Bengaluru, while England will clash with South Africa the following day in Mumbai. The first semi-final is scheduled to take place on November 15 in Mumbai, followed by the second semi-final on the subsequent day in Kolkata. Both semi-finals will have a reserve day, ensuring that unforeseen circumstances do not dampen the spirit of the tournament.
The grand finale of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will grace the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, with November 20 designated as the reserve day. All three knockout fixtures, including the final, will be day-night affairs, adding an extra touch of spectacle to the already electrifying atmosphere.