The cricketing world is on the edge of its seat as the much-awaited ICC World Cup 2023 is about to begin in India from 5th October. Set against the backdrop of India, a cricket-crazy nation where cricket is not just a sport but a way of life, the tournament promises to be a thrilling spectacle, featuring best teams from around the globe.
In this highly anticipated cricket event, a total of 10 teams will be competing for the trophy of World Cup 2023 along with a massive cash prize in the most awaited cricket tournament. A total of 48 matches will be played across all 10 renowned grounds in India starting from October 5 with the final match to be played on November 19. Among these, the iconic venues include the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad and the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana (BRSBAVE) Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
Which teams will play the opening match?
The tournament will commence with the reigning champions England, facing off against last year’s finalists, New Zealand, in the opening match on 5th Octber at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Additionally, the highly anticipated showdown between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is scheduled to unfold at the same venue on October 15.
Where can the audience watch these matches?
All the matches of World Cup 2023 will be telecasted live on the Star Sports Netork as well as the app and website of Disney+ Hotstar.
What is the prize money for ICC World Cup 2023?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has allocated a total of $10 million or Rs 83 crore for the World Cup 2023. The winner of the tournament will receive $ 4 million (approx Rs 33 crore), while the runner-up will be awarded $2 million (approx 16 crore).
Men’s World Cup 2023 squads
1. India’s squad-
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Hardik Pandya Vice Captain), Virat Kohli. Shubhman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Ishan Kishan.
2. Australia’s squad–
Pat Cummins (Captain), Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Staec, Josh Inglis, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Marnus Labushchagne, and Mitch Marsh.
3. England’s squad-
Jos Butler (Captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Gus Atkinson, Joe Root, Adil Rasid, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, David Wiley, Reece Topley, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.
4. New Zealand’s squad-
Kane Williamson (Captain), Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Mark Chapman, Will Young, Lockie Ferguson, Devon Conway, Jimmy Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, and Glenn Phillips.
5. South Africa’s squad-
Temba Bavuma (Captain), Quinton de Cock, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, and Lizaad Williams.
6. Pakistan’s squad-
Babar Azam (Captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel, Mohammed Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Salman Ali Agha, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Mohammad Wasim.
7. Bangladesh’s squad-
Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Najmul Hossain Shanto (Vice Captain), Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Litton Kumer Das, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shak Mehdi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, and Tanzim Hasan Shakib.
8. Sri Lanka’s squad-
Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Kusal Mendis (Vice Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, and Chamika Karunaratne.
9. Netherlands squad–
Scott Edwards (Captain), Max O' Dowd, Vikram Singh, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Colin Ackermann, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Logan van Beek, Ryan Klein, Saqid Zulfiqar, Wesley Barresi, Shariz Ahmed, and Sybrand Engelbrecht.
10. Afghanistan’s squad-
Hshmatullah Shahidi (Captain), Naveen ul Haq, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Abdul Rahman.