World Cup 2023 likely to run from Oct 5 to Nov 19: report

The 2023 ICC ODI World Cup in India is likely to start on October 5 and end on November 19, reported a cricket website on Tuesday. 

According to ESPNcrininfo, BCCI has finalized 12 venues for the marquee event with the final set to be staged at the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

The 10-team tournament will comprise 48 matches, including two semi-finals and a final.

The venues shortlisted for the event include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, and Rajkot.

“The BCCI has not specified venues for any games as yet, or the two or three cities where teams will play the warm-ups. The delay in finalising the venues is due to the complications posed by the monsoon season receding at different points in different parts of India.” said the news report.

Moreover, it added the ICC, which usually announces World Cup schedules at least a year in advance, has been waiting for the BCCI to get clearance from the Indian government regarding two key issues, visa clearance for the Pakistan team, and getting a tax exemption for the tournament.

“At the ICC’s quarterly meetings last weekend, held in Dubai, the BCCI is learned to have assured the global body that visas for the Pakistan contingent will be cleared by the Indian government,” it said.

It may be noted that the two South Asian rivals have not played each other since early 2013 outside the ICC and ACC tournaments. The relations between the two cricket boards reached a stalemate following India’s decision not to send their team to Pakistan for Asia Cup later this year.

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