The 2023 ODI World Cup in India will start on October 5 in Ahmedabad, take place at 10 different locations, and conclude on November 19 with the championship match, also in Ahmedabad. On November 15 and 16, the semi-finals will take place in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Long-Awaited Schedule Revealed 100 Days Before Tournament Commencement:

Just 100 days before the tournament’s commencement, the ICC and BCCI finally unveiled the long-awaited World Cup schedule during a gathering in Mumbai. In contrast, the schedules for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2019 World Cup in England were made public more than a year in advance.

The semi-finals, final, and 45 league games of the 2023 ODI World Cup would all be contested over the course of 46 days in Dharamsala, Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai.

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Tournament Format and Qualified Teams:

The league round will include ten teams competing against one another once, with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals. The format will remain the same as it was in 2019. India earned the right to host the competition, while South Africa, Afghanistan, Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Pakistan qualified by placing in the top eight of the 2020–2023 World Cup Super League. The two remaining teams will be revealed at the World Cup qualifiers being played in Zimbabwe right now between Sri Lanka, the West Indies, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Scotland, UAE, USA, and Zimbabwe.

India’s Action-Packed Schedule and Extensive Travel:

The 2023 ODI World Cup gets underway on October 8 in Chennai with a rematch between the 2019 champions, New Zealand taking on England, while the hosts India begin play against Australia. India’s next matches are against Afghanistan on October 11 in Delhi, Pakistan on October 15 in Ahmedabad, Bangladesh on October 19 in Pune, New Zealand on October 22 in Dharamsala, England on October 29 in Lucknow, a qualifier on November 2 in Mumbai, South Africa on November 5 in Kolkata, and a final qualifier on November 11 in Bengaluru, which is the penultimate day of the league stage. India makes the greatest travels of any team, visiting nine of the league’s 10 stadiums.

New Zealand’s Campaign: Southern India to Northern Challenges:

Following their match against England in the tournament’s opening round, New Zealand plays three matches in southern India – against a qualifier on October 9 in Hyderabad, Bangladesh on October 14 in Bengaluru, and Afghanistan on October 18 in Chennai – before making the long journey up north to play two matches in Dharamsala, against India on October 22 and Australia on October 28. Their final three league games are against South Africa on November 1 in Pune, Pakistan on November 4 in Bengaluru, and the other qualifier on November 9 in Bengaluru.

South Africa’s Journey: From North to South and West:

South Africa’s campaign gets underway in the northern part of India, where they play a qualifier on October 8 in Delhi against Australia on October 13 in Lucknow, and another qualifier on October 16 in Dharamsala. They then go to Mumbai in the west to play England and Bangladesh on October 21 and 24, respectively, before making their way south to play Pakistan in Chennai on October 27. On November 1, they will play New Zealand in Pune (western India), on November 5, they will play the hosts in Kolkata (eastern India), and on November 10, they will play Afghanistan in Ahmedabad (western India).

Bangladesh’s World Cup Campaign: Starting Strong in Dharamsala:

Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign begins in Dharamsala with two matches against Afghanistan and England on October 7 and 10, respectively. Then, on October 14, they take on New Zealand in Bangalore, India on October 19, South Africa in Mumbai, and South Africa on October 24. On October 28, they travel to Kolkata to take on a qualifier, and on October 31, they take on Pakistan. On November 6 in Delhi, they will play the other qualifier, and on November 12 in Pune, they will play Australia.

Afghanistan’s Third Consecutive World Cup Campaign:

Afghanistan’s third consecutive World Cup campaign gets underway against Bangladesh on October 1. They then play India and England in Delhi on October 11 and 15, New Zealand and Pakistan in Chennai on October 18 and 23, and finally a qualifier in Pune on October 30. They play the other qualifier in Lucknow on November 3, Australia in Mumbai on November 7, and South Africa in Ahmedabad on November 10 in their final three league games.

Pakistan’s Unique Schedule in Five Locations:

Pakistan plays in only five locations, unlike most teams that split their nine league games over most of the ten venues. Australia, for instance, will perform at eight different venues. On November 12, the final match of the league phase will take place, featuring England vs. Pakistan.

Warm-up Games Set Before the Competition Begins:

Between September 29 and October 3, the teams will play warm-up games in Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati before the competition starts.

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