New Zealand, England to play 2023 ODI World Cup opener in Ahmedabad

England and New Zealand are likely to be the protagonists of the opening game of the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup, set to be played on October 5. The final will also be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, the biggest cricket stadium in the world, on November 19.

Apart from Ahmedabad and the three south centres, Kolkata, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Rajkot, Indore, Raipur and Mumbai are the designated venues with Mohali and Nagpur failing to make the cut, Cricbuzz reported. The iconic Wankhede in Mumbai is likely to organize the semifinal. Each team will partake in nine league games which means most centres, if not all, will get an India match each.

Overall, there will be 10 teams and 48 games in the marquee event with hosts India, England, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh having qualified for the championship, with South Africa being the latest to fetch a direct entry.

The last two spots will be decided via a qualifying tournament in June-July in Zimbabwe in which former winners West Indies and Sri Lanka will compete along with the Netherlands, Ireland, Nepal, Oman, Scotland, UAE and host Zimbabwe.

Broadcast Schedule

England v Ireland ODI series
ENG v IRE 2nd ODI, Trent Bridge
23rd September
Start time: 11:00 am BST
ENG v IRE 3rd ODI, County Ground, Bristol
26th September
Start time: 12:30 pm BST