BCCI has shared a draft schedule of the ODI World Cup 2023 with the ICC. And as per the tentative schedule, the marquee event will commence on October 5. New Zealand & England who were the finalist of the 2019 ODI World Cup will play the tournament opener clash while the much-awaited Pakistan vs India clash will be held on October 15 in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The WTC 2023 Final winners will lock horns with India in their campaign opening clash to be held in Chennai on October 18. These are some of the highlight fixtures given in the initial draft schedule of the ODI World Cup 2023 prepared by the BCCI.
India’s Governing Council has shared the schedule with the ICC which was then circulated among the member nations for feedback before the final schedule will be released next week. The draft schedule doesn’t mention the venues for the semi-finals which will be played on November 15 & 16. The finals will be played on November 19 in Ahmedabad.
Pakistan is slated to play League Stage Fixtures across five Venues during ODI World Cup 2023
Meanwhile, Pakistan is slated to play across five venues during the league stage. Apart from the India match in Ahmedabad, Pakistan is slated to play with the two teams heading into the Qualifier on October 6 & 12 in Hyderabad. they will then face Australia in Bengaluru on October 20, Afghanistan (October 23) and South Africa (October 27) in Chennai, Bangladesh in Kolkata (October 31), New Zealand in Bengaluru (November 5, day match) and England in Kolkata (November 12), as per the itinerary given in the draft schedule of World Cup 2023.
The other standout fixtures in the schedule are Australia vs New Zealand in Dharamsala on October 29, Australia vs England in Ahmedabad on November 4, and New Zealand vs South Africa in Pune on November 1.
Notably, the announcement of the World Cup 2023 schedule has been delayed by almost four months as in previous editions of the tournament i.e. 2015 & 2019 the schedule was finalized more than a year in advance. On May 27, Jay Shah said that the schedule would be released during the WTC Final. He didn’t provide any reason behind the delay & kept his lips tight. While on the first day of the WTC final, speaking on BBC’s Tets match special, ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said that the schedule would be released soon but he didn’t specify the exact date of the ODI World Cup 2023 schedule. The delay in the schedule has not allowed ICC to release the details of the ticket fares & boiling process which will further cause delays in making travel arrangements.
- 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