The stir has now intensified regarding the ICC ODI World Cup to be held in India this year. The trophy of the tournament was unveiled in space on Monday. Before the release of the World Cup schedule on July 27, the news has started coming out.

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and Kolkata’s Eden Gardens are frontrunners to host the two semi-finals of the 2023 Cricket World Cup. If both these historic venues get to host the semi-finals, another ground with a rich heritage, the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, may lose out in the race to host one of the biggest matches of ODI cricket.

A source in the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) told PTI on Monday, “The two possible venues to host the World Cup semi-finals are Wankhede in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Earlier Chennai was also in the race but it seems that Eden has gone ahead. One reason for this could also be the weather of Chennai in November where there is always a possibility of rain.”

10 teams will participate in this year’s World Cup. India, being the host, has got direct entry into the tournament while Afghanistan, Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa have made it to the tournament through the 2020–23 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

Two other teams will make it to the tournament through the World Cup qualifiers, which is currently being played in Zimbabwe.

Apart from former champions Sri Lanka and West Indies, teams from Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Scotland, UAE, USA and hosts Zimbabwe are participating in the qualifiers. During the World Cup, 10 teams will compete against each other in a round-robin league consisting of 45 matches. After this the semi-finals and final will be played.

Team India Schedule for Cricket 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

The matches will be played at 10 venues :

This includes Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dharamsala, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata. The final match will be played on November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. While the first semi-final will be held on November 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the second semi-final will be held on November 16 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

World Cup 2023 Broadcasting rights –

The matches of the World Cup 2023 qualifiers will be telecast on Star Sports TV channel. Let us tell you that the broadcast rights of the matches of ICC World Cup 2023 Qualifier in India, Nepal, Bangladesh are with Star Sports Network. Which means viewers of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh can watch these matches on Star Sports channel.

Along with this, digital streaming of these matches will also be done on the Disney + Hotstar mobile app. Along with this, the World Cup 2023 qualifier matches will also be shown live on the Fancode app.

By Ritik Sharma

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