ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy on display during the 2nd ODI cricket match between West Indies and India, at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 29, 2023. India will host the 13th edition of the ICC World Cup from 5 October to 19 November 2023. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup, a quadrennial One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament contested by men’s national teams and organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is scheduled to be hosted in India from 5 October to 19 November 2023. It was originally scheduled to take place from February to March 2023 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ten teams will participate in the tournament, including the 2019 defending champions, England. It will be the first men’s Cricket World Cup to be hosted solely by India, who with other countries on the Indian subcontinent had co-hosted the event in 1987, 1996, and 2011.

The final is scheduled to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 19 November 2023. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, and Eden Gardens, Kolkata will host the two semifinals.

Originally, the competition was to be played from 9 February to 26 March 2023. In July 2020 it was announced that the tournament would be moved to October and November as a result of the qualification schedule being disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICC released the tournament schedule on 27 June 2023.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had threatened to boycott the competition after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to send a team to the 2023 Asia Cup scheduled in Pakistan. This issue was resolved in June 2023 after the Asian Cricket Council announced that the competition would be hosted using a hybrid model proposed by the PCB, with nine of the 13 matches in the competition played in Sri Lanka.

The International Cricket Council announced the trophy tour of the 2023 Cricket World Cup on 26 June 2023, 100 days from the commencement of the event. The Tour was launched with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy being launched 120,000 feet (37 km) into the stratosphere by balloon, before making a landing at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Photos of the trophy were taken by multiple cameras at the apex of its flight. The trophy then toured numerous countries before returning to the host country on 4 September 2023.

The tournament will take place in ten different stadiums across India. The first and second semi-finals will be held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata respectively, while the final will take place at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The BCCI provided funding for renovations and refurbishments at stadiums. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium received a new grass surface, drainage system, seating, and hospitality boxes. Wankhede Stadium had upgrades to the outfield, floodlights, corporate boxes, and toilets. M. A. Chidambaram Stadium installed new floodlights and relaid two wickets.

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