The preparations are in full flow for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. The mega event will take place in India during October and November. A total of 48 matches are likely to take place throughout the tournament.
The 8 teams that have qualified are India, Australia, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, England, Bangladesh and South Africa. Whereas two among USA and UAE, West Indies, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman, Nepal and Ireland will be head to India for the main tournament.
The official schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023 is likely to be released in the coming days but as per the media reports BCCI has shortlisted Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, Rajkot, Bengaluru, Delhi, Indore, Mohali, Guwahati and Hyderabad as the prime venues for the tournament. It is also learned that the final will take place in Ahmedabad.
With World Cup around the corner, the availability of the Pakistan team is one of the major concerns. ICC officials recently visited Pakistan for their confirmation. Although it’s likely that they will come but expressed their concerns over the venues in India.
As per various reports, it is learned that Pakistan wants their match against Afghanistan to be taken out of Chennai as they believe the BCCI intentionally scheduled it on a spin-friendly track against a spin-heavy Afghanistan side. They want to play Australia at Chennai and Afghanistan at Bengaluru.
But the recent reports in PTI have quashed off the previous reports and suggested that No changes are made as far as the venues are concerned unless there is a strong enough reason in the World Cup.
ICC World Cup 2023: India and Pakistan draft schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup
Here’s the draft schedule of India for the ICC World Cup 2023
IND vs AUS, Oct 8, Chennai
IND vs AFG, Oct 11, Delhi
IND vs PAK, Oct 15, Ahmedabad
IND vs BAN, Oct 19, Pune
IND vs NZ, Oct 22, Dharamsala
IND vs ENG, Oct 29, Lucknow
IND vs Qualifier, Nov 2, Mumbai
IND vs SA, Nov 5, Kolkata
IND vs Qualifier, Nov 11, Bengaluru
Here’s the draft schedule of Pakistan for the ICC World Cup 2023
Q1 – Hyderabad.
Q2 – Hyderabad.
India – Ahmedabad.
Aus – Bengaluru.
AFG – Chennai.
RSA – Chennai.
Ban – Kolkata.
NZ – Bengaluru.
ENG – Kolkata.