World Cup 2023: BCCI shortlists 15 possible venues for marquee tournament

May 28, 2023

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The 2023 ODI World Cup in India is less than five months away, and ardent Indian cricket fans are all geared up to witness the huge event. On the other side, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is carrying a huge responsibility on its shoulder to make the event blockbuster. 

After 2011, India is hosting another edition of the ODI World Cup and this time; the BCCI will be expected to make this installment of the event bigger than that of 12 years back. With the tiff between the board and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), there are also questions on the participation of the Pakistan cricket team in the competition. 

However, between all these developments, the BCCI has picked up 15 venues that can be seen hosting matches during the World Cup to be held from October 5 to November 19.

As per reports published by ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has given a statement that the schedule for the 2023 edition of the distinguished ODI competition will be released during the World Test Championship final will be conducted between India and Australia at The Oval, London.

In the 46-day tournament, avid cricket supporters will witness 48 matches, and hosting rights for these matches could be distributed among Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pune, Rajkot, Mumbai, and Trivandrum as these cities have been shortlisted by the board.

With the World Cup only a few months away, the BCCI is tasked to hand over the schedule for the event to the International Cricket Council (ICC) soon.

Team India will be favourites for the ODI event

In the last three World Cup installments, the hosts have won the title, and going through this fact; the Indian cricket team will be expected to showcase their best and win the prestigious trophy after 12 years. The Men in Blue are known for playing quality cricket at home, but the recent three-match ODI series defeat to Australia raised a few questions about the capability of Rohit Sharma and his men; however, the same side also vanquished Sri Lanka and New Zealand comfortably.

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