The wait is over as ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will begin with England facing New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament to be played at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 5th October 2023. There was a captain’s meeting before the teams went to their respective destinations for their first matches.
All the 10 participating nations’ captains posed with the trophy ahead of the first match to be played tomorrow. Indian captain Rohit Sharma and England captain Jos Buttler were in front while other captains including Temba Bavuma, Scott Edwards, Dasun Shanaka, Babar Azam, Shakib AL Hasan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Kane Williamson, Pat Cummins took photographs.
It promises to be an exciting World Cup as the matches will be held across 10 venues. The teams will play 9 matches each before the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals. India is looking strong and would look to win their first ICC title after a gap of 10 years. Australia, New Zealand, and England have been performing well and are one of the favourites to win the title.
The likes of Pakistan can surprise any opponent with their fickle nature of play. Sri Lanka has been undone by injuries as Hasranaga and Chameera have been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries.
Afghanistan, Netherlands, and Bangladesh need to play their best cricket to surprise top-playing nations including India, Australia, and England.
Kane Williamson only captain left from the 2019 edition
Kane Williamson is the only captain left from the 2019 World Cup. During the 2019 World Cup played in England and Wales, Pakistan had Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sri Lanka Dimuth Karaunate, South Africa Faf du Plessis, Bangladesh Mashrafe Mortaza, Australia Aaron Finch, West Indies Jason Holder, England Eoin Morgan, Afghanistan Gulbdain Naib.
The 2023 captains include India’s Rohit Sharma, Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka, Netherlands’s Scott Edwards, Bangladesh’s Shakib AL Hasan, South Africa’s Temba Bavuma, Pakistan’s Babar Azam, England’s Jos Buttler, Australia’s Pat Cummins, Afghanistan Hashtmullah Shahidi, and New Zealand Kane Williamson.
England is defending Champions of the World Cup and would be looking to defend their title when they face New Zealand in the opening match tomorrow.