The largest tournament in international cricket history will begin in India on October 5, 2023. On that day, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Cricket World Cup will get underway at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad with a massive matchup between the 2019 tournament finalists, England and New Zealand.
The final of the 46-day long men’s one-day international (ODI) cricket tournament will be played on November 19. Information on the 2023 Cricket World Cup is provided below. You can worry about finding yourself the best online cricket betting sites in India later.
Qualifications for the World Cup Cricket
India, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka are among the 10 teams competing this year. West Indies, two-time winners, were surprisingly left out after failing to qualify for the tournament.
While India had a guaranteed spot as the tournament’s host, the other nine countries were required to qualify over the course of three years in a series of lesser events. The ICC Super League took place from July 2020 to May 2023, and the top seven teams (including the defending champions, England) earned automatic qualification based on their league results.
The Netherlands and Sri Lanka finished first and second, respectively, in this year’s knockout qualification round, and thus earned the remaining two berths.
World Cup Cricket Schedule and Format
In the first phase of the ODI tournament, each side will play the other 44 times (45 total) in a round-robin format. On November 12 in Bengaluru, the first round will come to a close with India taking on the Netherlands.
The best four teams after the first phase of play will advance to the semi-finals. The first semifinal will take place on Nov 15 (Mumbai) between the 1st and 4th-place teams. While the second semifinal will take place on the 16th of the same month (Kolkata) between the 2nd and 3rd-place teams.
However, regardless of where they stand in the standings, the semifinal match between Pakistan and India will be played in Kolkata if Pakistan qualifies, otherwise, the match will be played in Mumbai if India qualifies. Kolkata would host a potential semifinal matchup between the two squads.
World Cup Cricket Venues
Venues for the World Cup of Cricket will be located all throughout India, from the southern city of Chennai to the northern city of Dharamshala, and from the eastern city of Kolkata to the western city of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune will all play host.
World Cup Cricket Controversies
There have been a number of disputes surrounding the tournament’s administration, scheduling, and communication with teams and supporters leading up to its official launch on October 5.
Fans poked fun at the tournament for announcing its schedule 100 days before the first match, pointing out that other major sporting events release their schedules months or even years in advance.
The tense relations between Pakistan and India have complicated their team’s ability to compete in the event and their plans to visit India. Delays in obtaining visas from India hampered the Pakistani team’s departure and competition preparations.
The Inevitable Match Between Pakistan and India
India vs. Pakistan will be the most anticipated matchup of the Cricket World Cup and of any cricket competition including both sides, leading up to the final. On October 14, in Ahmedabad, India, the main event will be played. Online tickets reportedly sold out in just over an hour after going on sale, according to media reports from India.
India has a perfect record of seven wins and zero losses against their archrivals in this year’s Cricket World Cup. India will be the favorite to win on home soil, and they did so in their most recent meeting at the Asia Cup.
World Cup Cricket 2023 Tickets
The ICC has distributed batches of tickets for the competition, and the most recent batches, for the semifinals and final, have already sold out.
There were reports that the Indian cricket chief Jay Shah has distributed so-called “golden tickets” to Indian cinema and cricket personalities, making cricket fans protest that seats are unavailable for local and traveling supporters as a result.
With regards to tickets, cricket betting fans don’t have to worry about getting into the action. Many of the best cricket betting sites Indiaoffer the World Cup Cricket 2023 action straight to you! There are plenty of betting opportunities and promos, and if you’re lucky, you can catch the event as it happens!