All You Need to Know About ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

One of the biggest events in International Cricket ICC Men’s World Cup is all set, and the level of excitement is mind-blowing! It is the 13th edition of the 50-over World Cup. Ten teams will fight in the field over 48 matches for the coveted trophy. 

All teams have already announced their squads and played their first matches. Rules have been laid out. And the entire schedule is published. India is hosting the tournament in ten select venues for the fourth time in its history. Even the ODI World Cup betting market is all set, gaining more popularity every match. 

Familiarise yourself with all the tiny details of the ICC World Cup 2023. 

Format

2023’s Men’s ODI World Cup will follow the same format as 2019’s. We will see two phases.

Phase 1: Round Robin Stage

All ten competing teams will play against each other once to earn points and make a spot in the next stage. Each win in the round-robin stage will fetch two points, while a match with no result due to a tie or weather issues will generate one point for each team.

If more than one team is tied on the same points, the total wins will be the first tie-breaker, and the net run rate will be the second.

Phase 2: The Knockouts

Four teams with the highest points in the round-robin stage will qualify for the knockout stage and go into the semi-finals. The teams finishing first and fourth places will play in the first semi-final on November 15 in Mumbai. On the other hand, the teams in second and third positions will be in the second semi-final scheduled on November 16 in Kolkata.

Here’s a Catch!

If India secures a place in the semi-finals, they will play in Mumbai regardless of their rank in the round-robin stage. Contrarily, Pakistan will play in Kolkata if they qualify, irrespective of their position. If both teams face each other in one of the semi-finals, the match will be in Kolkata.

Teams and Qualification

Nine teams are qualified based on the CWCSL (Cricket World Cup Super League) table and the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The host gets a direct spot.

With that rule in mind, India got an automatic spot as the host country in this World Cup. The remaining seven positions went to the top point-holding teams on the CWCSL table. The table kept the records of the team participating in the ICC Super League, which has been running since July 2020. The final two places went to the Cricket World Cup Qualifier winners.

Here are the ten teams fighting in the Cricket World Cup 2023!

●      New Zealand

●      England

●      Bangladesh

●      India

●      Australia

●      Afghanistan

●      Pakistan

●      South Africa

●      Netherlands

●      Sri Lanka

Surprisingly, two-time World Cup-winning team West Indies could not secure a spot in the top ten!

Squads

All teams were instructed to finalise their 15-member squads by September 28. Any changes after that will become subject to ICC’s approval. On that note, here are the squads announced by the playing ten (before September 28, 2023). 

Afghanistan

Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul Haq, and Abdul Rahman

Australia

Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey, Steve Smith, Josh Inglis, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, and Adam Zampa

Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Litton Kumer Das, Tawhid Hridoy, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudullah Riyad, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, and Tanzim Hasan Sakib

England

Jos Buttler (c), Gus Atkinson, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Harry Brook, Reece Topley, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood

India

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (vc), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan

Netherlands

Scott Edwards (c), Bas de Leede, Max O’Dowd, Vikram Singh, Paul van Meekeren, Teja Nidamanuru, Colin Ackermann, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Wesley Barresi, Ryan Klein, Saqib Zulfiqar, Sybrand Engelbrecht, and Shariz Ahmad

New Zealand

Kane Williamson (c), Mark Chapman, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, and Tim Southee

Pakistan

Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim, and Shaheen Afridi

South Africa

Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Gerald Coetzee, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rassie van der Dussen, and Lizaad Williams.

Sri Lanka

Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (vc), Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushan Hemantha, Kasun Rajitha, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, and Lahiru Kumara

Schedule

A total of 45 matches are scheduled between October 5 and November 12. Most days have one match, while a few will witness two. November 15 and 16 are set for the two semi-finals, and the blockbuster match of the final will fall on November 19.

Reserve Days

Matches in the round-robin stage do not have any reserve day. The two semi-finals and the final have one reserve day each.

Venues

A total of 10 grounds in 10 different cities have been picked for hosting the 48 matches of the World Cup.

●      Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

●      Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru

●      M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai

●      Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi

●      HPCA or Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala

●      Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad

●      Eden Gardens in Kolkata

●      BRSABVE Cricket Stadium in Lucknow

●      Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

●      MCA International Stadium in Pune

Note that the first-ever match of the World Cup and the last one, i.e., the final, will be played in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

Tickets

ICC has released tickets for the tournament in batches. The tickets for the semi-finals and the final are already sold out!

Prize Money

The total prize money for the 2023 Cricket World Cup is $10m. Here are what the winners and other participating teams will receive!

●      Each group stage win: $40,000

●      Teams finishing at the group stage: $100,000

●      Semifinalists: $800,000

●      Runners-up: $2m

●      Winners: $4m

Conclusion

The mega event of the ICC Cricket World Cup has knocked on the door, and we can’t be any more excited! Be it a nostalgic opening match between the last World Cup’s two finalists, the mail-biting clash of India and Pakistan or the crucial final, the tournament has in store many incredible moments for cricket fans all around the world.

See if England takes the trophy home or if one of the previous winners, like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or Australia, adds one more World Cup to their name. Maybe South Africa, New Zealand, or Afghanistan will make history for the first time! 

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