In the world of cricket, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in any cricket-playing nation. Cricketers representing their nation aim to be a part of in this tournament in their entire career or lifetime.
Started in 1975, the ICC Men’s 50 Overs Cricket World Cup is the most reputed tournament, always to be held in the field of international cricket. Till now, 12 editions of the tournament have taken place so far, and this year, in 2023, the thirteenth edition is slated to be held in India in the months of October and November.
As of now, the veteran Jos Buttler – led England is the defending champion of the coveted trophy, and, that was the first English victory in the prestigious tournament (2019). Apart from England, the previous winners of the prestigious tournament have been – West Indies – 02 Times (1975 and 1979), India – 02 Times (1983), Pakistan – 01 Time (1987), and Sri Lanka – 01 Time (1996). The Australian side is the most successful of all the sides ever in the history of this prestigious tournament, winning it on five previous occasions, respectively in – 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015.
Here we are going to look into the opportunities, the Indian side is going to get before entering the World Cup month. Thus, in nutshell, it can be said that these are the tournaments, that the Indian side will play at the international level (including the prestigious IPL – 2023) before making a foray into the all-important World Cup – 2023.
January (Home Series against Sri Lanka)
- 1st T20I (Jan 3) – Mumbai
- 2nd T20I (Jan 5) – Pune
- 3rd T20I (Jan 7) – Rajkot
- 1st ODI (Jan 10) – Guwahati
- 2nd ODI (Jan 12) – Kolkata
- 3rd ODI (Jan 15) – Thiruvananthapuram
January – February (Home Series against New Zealand)
- 1st ODI (Hyderabad) – Jan 18
- 2nd ODI (Raipur) – Jan 21
- 3rd ODI (Indore) – Jan 24
- 1st T20I (Ranchi) – Jan 27
- 2nd T20I (Lucknow) – Jan 29
- 3rd T20I (Ahmedabad) – Feb 1
February – March (Home Series against Australia)
- 1st Test (Nagpur) – Feb 9-13
- 2nd Test (Delhi) – Feb 17-21
- 3rd Test (Dharmshala) – Mar 1-5
- 4th Test (Ahmedabad) – March 9-13
- 1st ODI (Mumbai) – March 17
- 2nd ODI (Vishakhapatnam) – March 19
- 3rd ODI (Chennai) – March 22
March-May 2023: Indian Premier League
The detailed schedule of the 2023 edition of the T20 league is yet to be announced. IPL is to begin on March 25.
June (World Test Championship Final)
India is second in the World Test Championship and is primed to qualify for the final, where their most likely opponents would be Australia who is 1st in the table.
July – August (Series against West Indies)
The series will feature two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. The schedule is yet to be announced.
September (Asia Cup – 2023)
Pakistan are scheduled to host the continental tournament but disagreements between the BCCI and PCB may lead to a change of hosts.
October 2023 (India vs Australia) (Home)
Australia will take part in a three-match ODI series to prepare for the World Cup in India.
October/November 2023: ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup
For the first time, India will be the sole host of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023. India will be aiming to add a third title, having already won the 1983 and 2011 editions of the tournament.
November/ December 2023: Australia v India (Away)
Australia will travel to India for the third time in the year to play five T20Is.
December 2023: India v South Africa (Away)
Team India will end the year with a full-fledged tour to South Africa.