ODI World Cup 2023 Schedule: The unveiling of the 2023 World Cup schedule is set to take place during the World Test Championship final at The Oval. It was declared by Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The BCCI has compiled a list of over a dozen venues in India. The final shortlist will be shared with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the near future. Let us find out more about the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Schedule.
Shah shared these details during a media briefing after the BCCI’s special general meeting in Ahmedabad. While the World Cup, featuring ten teams, is scheduled to be held from October 5 to November 19, the BCCI is yet to finalize the exact schedule. There are only around four months remaining before the tournament begins.
During the 46-day period, a total of 48 matches, including three knockout games, will be played. In addition to Ahmedabad, the initial shortlist of cities on the BCCI’s radar includes Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, Mumbai, and Trivandrum. Nagpur and Pune are also under consideration. It is likely that the league matches will be hosted in ten cities. There will be two additional cities hosting the warm-up fixtures leading up to the main tournament.
Formal Discussion of the Asia Cup at the ACC Meeting
Shah, who currently serves as the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), mentioned that an urgent meeting of the ACC will be convened to determine the feasibility of the hybrid model proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the 2023 Asia Cup.
On Sunday, Shah will have an informal discussion with his counterparts from Sri Lanka Cricket, Bangladesh Cricket Board, and Afghanistan Cricket Board to gather their opinions on the Asia Cup.
Pakistan is the host country for this year’s Asia Cup, scheduled for September. However, due to India’s unwillingness to travel there, the ACC has been exploring alternatives. The PCB recently suggested a hybrid model for the tournament. It will involve six teams, with four of the 13 matches taking place in Pakistan. India and Pakistan are grouped together with Nepal, while Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh form the second group.
The primary challenge of the hybrid model lies in the logistics of travel. Shah mentioned that “two or three countries” have submitted their perspectives. The perspectives will be formally discussed during the ACC meeting within the next ten days.
In his role as the ACC chairman, Shah expressed his desire for the Asia Cup to proceed as planned this year. Since 2008, the tournament has not been hosted in either Pakistan or India due to the political differences between the two countries.