Cricket World Cup 2023: Dates, schedule, fixtures and latest odds for the ODI tournament

Sri Lanka qualifying

Sri Lanka came through qualifying earlier this year – ICC/Alex Davidson

The fixtures for this year’s Cricket World Cup have been announced. England will begin the defence of the title they won in 2019 against New Zealand in Ahmedabad on October 5 – a rematch of the nerve-racking 2019 final.

Jos Buttler’s side then play every other team in the tournament in a round-robin group stage that finishes with a match against Pakistan, the team they defeated in last year’s T20 World Cup final to become the first side to hold both white-ball World Cups simultaneously.

Who is hosting the World Cup?

India are hosting the tournament despite a tit-for-tat dispute with Pakistan about tournament boycotts. India had threatened to boycott the Pakistan-hosted Asia Cup in September; in retaliation, Pakistan threated to boycott the India-hosted World Cup. That dispute appears to have been resolved, for now, by sharing the Asia Cup hosting rights between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India’s games at that tournament will be played in Sri Lanka.

At the World Cup, however, Pakistan will be playing in India. The round-robin match between the sides will be held in Ahmedabad on October 15. Scroll down for a full list of fixtures.

Who is taking part?

Only ten teams will play at the tournament. They are: India, who qualified automatically as the hosts, New Zealand, England, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Africa, all of whom qualified based on their results in ODI cricket since the 2019 World Cup, and Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, who earned their place via a qualifying tournament earlier this year.

Among the teams who failed to qualify are previous World Cup winners West Indies, plus Ireland and Zimbabwe.

What is the format for the World Cup?

The 2023 edition follows the schedule used at the 2019 edition: a round-robin stage, followed by semi-finals and a final. In the round-robin all ten teams will play each other once. A victory will be worth two points and a tie or no result will be worth one point. The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals, with the top-ranked team against the fourth-ranked team, and the second and third placed teams against each other.

The boundary countback rule, on the basis of which England won the 2019 World Cup final, has been dropped. From now on, if teams are tied in a knock-out game and still tied after a super over, they will continue to play super overs until a winner is found.

Ben Stokes batting in the super over at the end of the 2019 World Cup final - Cricket World Cup 2023: Schedule, England fixtures, how to watch and latest odds

England won the 2019 World Cup on boundary countback, after a super over failed to split them from New Zealand – PAUL ELLIS/GETTY

Full fixtures and schedule

This World Cup was originally slated for the spring of 2023, but the coronavirus pandemic messed up calendars, prompting the ICC to push it back by six months.

Thursday, October 5

England v New Zealand – Ahmedabad

Friday, October 6

Pakistan v Netherlands – Hyderabad

Saturday, October 7

Bangladesh v Afghanistan – Dharamsala

South Africa v Sri Lanka – Delhi

Sunday, October 8

India vs Australia – Chennai

Monday, October 9

New Zealand v Netherlands – Hyderabad

Tuesday, October 10

England v Bangladesh – Dharamsala

Wednesday, October 11

India v Afghanistan – Delhi

Thurday, October 12

Pakistan v Sri Lanka – Hyderabad

Friday, October 13

Australia v South Africa – Lucknow

Saturday, October 14

England v Afghanistan – Delhi

New Zealand v Bangladesh – Chennai

Sunday, October 15

India v Pakistan – Ahmedabad

Monday, October 16

Australia v Sri Lanka – Lucknow

Tuesday, October 17

South Africa v Netherlands – Dharamsala

Wednesday, October 18

New Zealand v Afghanistan – Chennai

Thursday, October 19

India v Bangladesh – Pune

Friday, October 20

Australia v Pakistan – Bengaluru

Saturday, October 21

England v South Africa – Mumbai

Netherlands v Sri Lanka – Lucknow

Sunday, October 22

India v New Zealand – Dharamsala

Monday, October 23

Pakistan v Afghanistan – Chennai

Tuesday, October 24

South Africa v Bangladesh – Mumbai

Wednesday, October 25

Australia v Netherlands – Delhi

Thursday, October 26

England v Sri Lanka – Bengaluru

Friday, October 27

Pakistan v South Africa – Chennai

Saturday, October 28

Netherlands v Bangladesh – Kolkata

Australia v New Zealand –Dharamsala

Sunday, October 29

India v England – Lucknow

Monday, October 30

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka – Pune

Tuesday, October 31

Pakistan v Bangladesh – Kolkata

Wednesday, November 1

New Zealand v South Africa – Pune

Thurday, November 2

India v Sri Lanka – Mumbai

Friday, November 3

Qualifier 1 v Afghanistan – Lucknow

Saturday, November 4

England v Australia – Ahmedebad 

New Zealand v Pakistan – Bengaluru

Sunday, November 5

India v South Africa – Kolkata

Monday, November 6

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka – Delhi

Tuesday, November 7

Australia v Afghanistan – Mumbai

Wednesday, November 8

England v Netherlands – Pune

Thursday, November 9

New Zealand v Sri Lanka – Bengaluru

Friday, November 10

South Africa v Afghanistan – Ahmedabad]

Saturday, November 11

India v Netherlands – Bengaluru

Sunday, November 12

England v Pakistan – Kolkata 

Australia v Bangladesh – Pune

Wednesday, November 15

Semi-final 1

Thursday, November 16

Semi-final 2

Sunday, November 19

Final

What are the latest odds?

India 5/2

England 3/1

Australia 4/1

Pakistan 7/1

South Africa 10/1

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