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Cricket World Cup 2023: A Big Cricket Gala in India

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The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, hosted by India from October 5 to November 19, will feature ten national teams, excluding the West Indies for the first time. England is the defending champion, and the tournament will take place in ten stadiums, with the final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.


Dates                                    October 5 – November 19, 2023

Administrator(s)               International Cricket Council

Cricket format                   One Day International (ODI)

Tournament format(s)   Round-robin and knockout

Host(s)                                 India

Mascot                                 Blaze and Tonk

Anthem                                Dil Jashn Bole!

Participants                        10

Matches                              48

Inaugural match               Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

Final match                         Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

Official website       


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has unanimously selected ‘Blaze’ and ‘Tonk’ as the official mascots for India’s 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup. Blaze, a female mascot, is a fast bowler with remarkable accuracy and agility, equipped with six power cricket orbs for game-changing tactics. Meanwhile, ‘Tonk,’ the male mascot, is a batting champion known for his icy-cool composure and electrifying shot range, wielding an electromagnetic bat. These mascots, named by fans globally in August, will engage with fans at tournament venues, adding excitement to the event.

Tournament venues

Tournament venues (stadiums)

The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be held in ten stadiums across India. The semi-finals will be at Wankhede Stadium and Eden Gardens, while the final will be at Narendra Modi Stadium. BCCI has funded stadium upgrades. All stadiums must maintain boundaries over 70 meters, aiming to reduce the impact of the toss and dew factor. Pitch curators have been instructed to leave grass on pitches.

  1. Ahmedabad – Narendra Modi Stadium (Capacity: 132,000)
  2. Bangalore – M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (Capacity: 40,000)
  3. Chennai – M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (Capacity: 50,000)
  4. Delhi – Arun Jaitley Stadium (Capacity: 41,842)
  5. Dharamshala – HPCA Stadium (Capacity: 23,000)
  6. Hyderabad – Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
  7. Kolkata – Eden Gardens (Capacity: 66,000)
  8. Lucknow – BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium (Capacity: 50,000)
  9. Mumbai – Wankhede Stadium (Capacity: 32,000)
  10. Pune – Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Capacity: 37,406)


The number of teams participating in the World Cup in 2023 is 10. The inaugural match will occur between the defending champion and New Zealand at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. The same venue will be used for the final game between the top two teams.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Australia (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015 winner)
  3. Bangladesh
  4. England (2019 winner)
  5. India (Host and 1987 and 2011 winner))
  6. Netherlands
  7. New Zealand (Finalist)
  8. Pakistan (1992 winner)
  9. South Africa (Semifinalist)
  10. Sri Lanka (1996 winner)

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, if Pakistan reaches the semi-finals, they will play at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. If India qualifies, they’ll play at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium unless facing Pakistan, in which case the match shifts to Eden Gardens. All knockout games have a reserve day. The semi-finals are scheduled for November 15 and 16, with the final set for November 19 at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.


Star Sports Network India will broadcast the 2023 Cricket World Cup, with coverage on Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar in India. Other broadcasters include Foxtel TV, Gazi TV, Sky Sports Cricket, ESPN, Willow TV, and more for different countries and territories.


Territory                              Rights holder(s)

Afghanistan                        RTA Sports and Ariana TV

Australia                              Foxtel TV, Kayo TV, and Nine Network

Bangladesh                         Gazi TV, T Sports, and BTV

Caribbean Islands             ESPN

England                                Sky Sports Cricket

Hong Kong                          Astro Vinmeen HD and Yupp TV

India                                      Star Sports Network and DD Sports

New Zealand                      Sky Sports and Sky Sports 3

Pakistan                               A Sports and PTV Sports

Sri Lanka                              Sirasa TV (TV1) and Star Sports Network

South Africa                        SuperSports

Sub-Saharan Africa          SuperSports

United States                     ESPN+ and Willow TV

United Kingdom               Sky Sports Cricket

Key players to watch

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

Dawid Malan (England)

Heinrich Klaasen (South Africa)

Joe Root (England)

Josh Butler (England)

Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Mohammed Siraz (India)

Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)

Rohit Sharma (India)

Shubman Gill (India)

Virat Kohli (India) Virat Kohli

Mitchell Starc (Australia)

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)

Hardik Pandya (India)

World Cup favorites in 2023

  1. India                                    BCCI
  2. England
  3. Australia
  4. New Zealand
  5. South Africa


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