The 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup starts in India on Thursday 5th October and we have put together all the details you need to know ahead of the tournament.
|What||2023 Cricket World Cup|
|Where||Ten venues across India|
|When||Thursday 5th October - Sunday 19th November 2023|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Cricket|
|Odds||India 11/5, England 3/1, Australia 4/1, Pakistan 7/1, New Zealand 15/2, South Africa 10/1|
The tournament starts on Thursday 5th October, when defending champions England face at the Narendra Modi Stadium in a repeat of the 2019 final.
The group stage finishes on 12th November and the 2023 World Cup final will take place in Ahmedabad on Sunday 19th November.
India will host the entire World Cup for the first time in 2023, having shared hosting responsibilities on three previous occasions.
In 1987 they co-hosted the World Cup with Pakistan, the 1996 tournament was shared with Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while in 2011 India staged the event alongside Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Matches will be played at 10 venues across India in the cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
Eight of the 10 teams lining up at the 2023 World Cup qualified automatically thanks to their ODI results in the build-up to the tournament - India, New Zealand, England, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Africa.
Sri Lanka and the Netherlands clinched the last two spots by reaching the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe.
The Lankans won that final by 128 runs, but the Dutch had already sealed World Cup qualification, helped by thrilling victories over Scotland and the West Indies, who are the first former champions to fail to qualify for a World Cup.
The 2023 edition will follow the format that was used in the 2019 tournament. At the start of the event, a round-robin stage is used for the 10-team group in which each side plays each other once.
A win is worth two points, while teams are awarded one point each in the event of a tie or no result in the league stage.
The top four teams in the table will qualify for the semi-finals, with the number-one side playing the fourth-placed teams and second taking on third for a spot in the final.
Fans will be able to watch the tournament if they have a Sky Sports subscription, with games set to be broadcast on their dedicated Sky Sports Cricket channel.
The 2023 World Cup will be the 13th edition of the tournament. The inaugural event was held in England in 1975, with the most recent running in 2019 taking place in England and Wales.
Australia are the most successful team in the history of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, winning the event on no five occasions and appearing in seven finals.
The Aussies lost the first ODI World Cup final in 1975 to the West Indies, going down by 17 runs, and they had to wait until 1987 to get their hands on the trophy.
Australia won three consecutive World Cups between 1999 and 2007, before landing a fifth title in 2015 when they beat tournament co-hosts New Zealand in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
India have won the World Cup twice, in 1983 and 2011, while the West Indies claimed the title in the first two tournaments in 1975 and 1979.
England come into the 2023 event as the defending champions after their incredible victory over New Zealand.
The 2019 final ended in a tie and went to a Super Over, which also finished with the scores level.
England were declared World Cup winners, for the first time in their history, by virtue of hitting more boundaries than the Black Caps in front of a packed crowd at Lord's.
Pakistan (1992) and Sri Lanka, shock winners of the 1996 tournament, are the other two nations to have been crowned men's 50-over world champions.
Tournament hosts India are the 11/5 favourites to win the World Cup in front of their own fans, as they did in 2011 when beating Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai.
Five-time champions Australia are 4/1 to claim a record-extending sixth title, while England are 3/1 to join the Aussies and the West Indies as the only teams to have won back-to-back World Cups.
The main dangers to the big three are 7/1 Pakistan and 15/2 New Zealand, who have been runners-up at the last two World Cups, while South Africa, yet to reach a World Cup final in eight attempts, are to lift the trophy.
England, who also triumphed at last year's T20 World Cup in Australia, start the defence of their trophy against 2019 runners-up New Zealand in the opening game of the tournament in Ahmedabad.
That venue also hosts India's hotly anticipated clash with Pakistan on 15th October and England's group fixture against five-time world champions Australia on 4th November.
The Aussies face South Africa in Lucknow on 13th October while India take on New Zealand, who beat them in the 2019 semi-finals, in Dharamsala on 22nd October.
Afghanistan and Bangladesh were the other two automatic qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup and Sri Lanka and the Netherlands will fill the last two spots at the tournament after reaching the final of July's ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka, World Cup winners in 1996, claimed a surprise win over England in the group stage of the 2019 tournament and the teams meet again in Bangalore on 26th October.
The Netherlands, appearing at their fifth World Cup, start their campaign against Pakistan on 6th October.
Matches will be played in 10 venues across India: Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dharamsala, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Thursday 5th October: England v New Zealand, Ahmedabad
Friday 6th October: Pakistan v Netherlands, Hyderabad
Saturday 7th October: Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Dharamsala
Saturday 7th October: South Africa v Sri Lanka, Delhi
Sunday 8th October: India v Australia, Chennai
Monday 9th October: New Zealand v Netherlands, Hyderabad
Tuesday 10th October: England v Bangladesh, Dharamsala
Wednesday 11th October: India v Afghanistan, Delhi
Thursday 12th October: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Hyderabad
Friday 13th October: Australia v South Africa, Lucknow
Saturday 14th October: England v Afghanistan, Delhi
Saturday 14th October: New Zealand v Bangladesh, Chennai
Sunday 15th October: India v Pakistan, Ahmedabad
Monday 16th October: Australia v Sri Lanka, Lucknow
Tuesday 17th October: South Africa v Netherlands, Dharamsala
Wednesday 18th October: New Zealand v Afghanistan, Chennai
Thursday 19th October: India v Bangladesh, Pune
Friday 20th October: Australia v Pakistan, Bangalore
Saturday 21st October: England v South Africa, Mumbai
Saturday 21st October: Netherlands v Sri Lanka, Lucknow
Sunday 22nd October: India v New Zealand, Dharamsala
Monday 23rd October: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Chennai
Tuesday 24th October: South Africa v Bangladesh, Mumbai
Wednesday 25th October: Australia v Netherlands, Delhi
Thursday 26th October: England v Sri Lanka, Bangalore
Friday 27th October: Pakistan v South Africa, Chennai
Saturday 28th October: Bangladesh v Netherlands, Kolkata
Saturday 28th October: Australia v New Zealand, Dharamsala
Sunday 29th October: India v England, Lucknow
Monday 30th October: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Pune
Tuesday 31st October: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Kolkata
Wednesday 1st November: New Zealand v South Africa, Pune
Thursday 2nd November: India v Sri Lanka, Mumbai
Friday 3rd November: Afghanistan v Netherlands, Lucknow
Saturday 4th November: England v Australia, Ahmedabad
Saturday 4th November: New Zealand v Pakistan, Bangalore
Sunday 5th November: India v South Africa, Kolkata
Monday 6th November: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Delhi
Tuesday 7th November: Australia v Afghanistan, Mumbai
Wednesday 8th November: England v Netherlands, Pune
Thursday 9th November: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Bangalore
Friday 10th November: South Africa v Afghanistan, Ahmedabad
Saturday 11th November: India v Netherlands, Bangalore
Sunday 12th November: England v Pakistan, Kolkata
Sunday 12th November: Australia v Bangladesh, Pune
Wednesday 15th November: 1st-placed team v 4th-placed team, Mumbai
Thursday 16th November: 2nd-placed team v 3rd-placed team, Kolkata
Sunday 19th November: Semi-final 1 winners v Semi-final 2 winners, Ahmedabad