The ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 is rumoured to kick off on October 5 as defending champions England will face New Zealand in the opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. According to the reports, the hosts, India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on October 15 in Chennai.
The ODI World Cup 2023 is set to be held in India, which will be the first tournament to entirely take place in the country after partially hosting the 1987, 1996, and 2011 editions, and is rumoured to begin from October 5 to November 19, however, the ICC previously announced the final to be played on November 26.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, the ODI World Cup 2023 will kick off and close in Ahmedabad with the game between England and New Zealand on October 5 expected to be the inaugural match while the final will be played on November 19. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hasn't made any official statement on the World Cup schedule but is expected to announce the schedule after the IPL 2023.
Eight teams including India, England, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh have made their entry to the 2023 edition, with South Africa beating Ireland for the final spot with two recent wins over the Netherlands in the home series and the Green and White's Super League clash against Bangladesh was washed-out on Tuesday.
The remaining ten teams including Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Scotland, Oman, Nepal, the Netherlands, USA, and UAE will participate in the qualifiers from June 18 to July 9.