Sports fans will be in their element later this year as the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup takes place in India.
The tournament will reportedly run from October 5 to November 19, although the full schedule has yet to be confirmed by the ICC (as of July 23).
Read on as we look at the World Cup format, competing teams and live streaming details, before previewing what promises to be a thrilling tournament.
Cricket World Cup 2023: Format
Ten teams will compete at the tournament and will play each of the other nine teams once in the group stage for a total of 45 games.
The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals which will be played in the traditional 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 format. The winning teams will progress to the final.
Cricket World Cup 2023: Teams
Eight teams have booked their place in the tournament at the time of writing – India, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.
A further two spots are available by a qualification tournament staged during July. West Indies and Sri Lanka are fancied by the bookmakers to make progress.
Top betting sites such as 888sport already have outright odds available and rate hosts India as the favourites to lift the prestigious trophy.
However, with several other teams listed at single figure odds, this year’s World Cup promises to be a tricky puzzle for punters to unravel.
- India – 9/4
- England – 3/1
- Australia – 4/1
- Pakistan – 7/1
- New Zealand – 7/1
- South Africa – 8/1
- West Indies 20/1
- Sri Lanka – 20/1
- Bangladesh – 33/1
- Bar – 100/1
Cricket World Cup 2023: Live Streaming
Cricket fans will undoubtedly be clamouring to find reliable live streaming services when the tournament gets underway.
All 48 World Cup matches will be broadcast around the globe – check out the list below to find live streams in your jurisdiction.
- Afghanistan – Ariana TV
- Australia – Fox Sports
- Bangladesh – Spordium
- Canada – Hotstar
- Caribbean Islands – ESPN
- Central & South America and Mexico – ESPN
- Continental Europe & South-East Asia – Yupp TV
- Hong Kong – PCCW
- India – Star Sports
- Maldives, Bhutan & Bangladesh – Star Sports
- Malaysia – MEASAT
- Middle East & North Africa – Etisalat
- Nepal – Star Sports/Net TV
- New Zealand – Sky Sport NZ
- Pacific Islands – PNG Digicel
- Pakistan – PTV, ARY
- Singapore – StarHub
- Sri Lanka – Maharaja TV
- South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa – SuperSport
- United Kingdom & Ireland – Sky Sports
- United States – ESPN+
Cricket World Cup 2023: Preview
Australia are the most successful team in World Cup history, lifting the trophy on five previous occasions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 & 2015).
India and West Indies have each won the title twice, while Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England have been crowned as champions once.
The host nation are strongly fancied to lift the trophy for the first time since 2011, particularly given they will be backed by a partisan home crowd.
India’s triumph 12 years ago came on home soil and the current crop of players will be desperate to emulate their achievement.
England are next in the betting with all the leading sportsbooks following their success at the T20 World Cup last year.
However, aside from their maiden victory in 2019, England have often flattered to deceive in World Cup tournaments since the mid-1990s.
Australia could be tough to stop in their quest to add another World Cup to their tally and it would be a brave move to back against the achieving the feat.
They have won the title three times since the turn of the century (2003, 2007 and 2015) and progressed to the semi-finals in 2019.
New Zealand are generally competitive in this format of the game and will fancy their chances of making their mark this time around.
They were semi-finalists in 2007 and 2011, and reached the final in 2015 and 2019. Their defeat in the most recent edition was tough to take, with an umpire error scuppering their hopes.
Pakistan and South Africa are also expected to be competitive, while West Indies will be keen to show they are no back-number in one-day cricket.