Islamabad, 9 October 2023 (TDI): The 2023 International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricket World Cup, hosted by India, promises to be a cricket extravaganza like no other.

With ten competitive teams, an action-packed schedule, and a fair share of controversies, cricket fans are in for a treat from October 5 to November 19.

Ten formidable teams will battle it out for the coveted title this year. India, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka will compete for cricket glory.

Notably, two-time winners West Indies did not secure a qualification spot, adding an element of surprise to the tournament.

The tournament will feature a round-robin format, with all teams facing off once in 45 thrilling matches. The first phase concludes on November 12 with a high-stakes match between India and Netherlands in Bengaluru.

While the top four teams will advance to the semifinals, with the matches set for November 15 and 16.

Matches will take place across India, from Chennai to Dharamshala, Kolkata to Ahmedabad. Host cities include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamshala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune.

The much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan is scheduled for October 14 in Ahmedabad. With India holding a 7-0 lead in previous World Cup encounters, this match promises to be a cricketing spectacle.

The lead-up to the tournament has not been without its share of controversies. Fans expressed dissatisfaction with the late announcement of the schedule, with comparisons to other major sports events.

Visa delays and travel disruptions also affected Pakistan’s participation. Ticket availability has also been a concern, with the ICC releasing tickets in batches.

The semifinals and final have already sold out, while fans have voiced concerns about accessibility. Meanwhile, there have been reports of “golden tickets” being handed out to Indian celebrities.

The tournament offers a total prize pool of $10 million, with the winners set to claim $4 million, runners-up $2 million, and semifinalists $800,000. Even teams finishing at the group stage will receive $100,000, with each group stage win worth $40,000.

The Cricket World Cup has a rich history, with previous winners including England, Australia, India, and West Indies. England won the last edition in 2019.

Cricket fans worldwide are gearing up for this thrilling event, which promises to deliver excitement, drama, and unforgettable moments. For the latest updates, scores, and news on the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, stay tuned.

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