With the International Cricket Council set to introduce a new format for the ICC ODI World Cup in 2027, the World Cup 2023 will be the last edition to be played in the 10-team group stage.
ICC changes format for World Cup 2027
The ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to start in India on October 5 and it will be played in the same format as the previous edition. The format consists of group stage matches with 10 teams facing each other resulting in 45 encounters between the teams to decide semi-finalists.
The previous edition of the World Cup happened in 2019, where England and South Africa had played in the inaugural match of the tournament at the Oval. England won the match making their path to victory in the finals of the tournament in that edition.
With every team playing 9 matches, the group stage lasted for six weeks. Hence a slow start did not affect the teams’ progress.
In 2019, Pakistan had a slow start as they had won only one match in the first five matches, but their consecutive victory in other matches made them competitive for a place in the semi-finals. With the shortage of net run rate, they missed the semi-finals.
Australia was the one to make It first to the semi-finals followed by India where they won seven matches out of nine. They entered the semi-final round after defeating Bangladesh in the group-stage matches.
However, England and New Zealand were the ones to find their best form to enter into semi-final round. The first semi-final match was between India and New Zealand where Martin Guptill used some impressive fielding skills to take down MS Dhoni which helped them to an 18-run victory.
The second match featured the match between England and Australia, where the former avenged their defeat in the group stage matches and made it to the final after 1992.
The results made in the final crowned the hosts as the champions after Sri Lanka claimed victory as one of the hosts in 1996.
New Zealand was the first to bat and scored 241 runs losing 8 wickets and England also scored the same score making it to the Super over. The Super over also matched the teams’ score of 15 runs each, where England was crowned as champions with boundaries scored.
After the Warmup games, England and New Zealand will be playing their first match in the World Cup 2023 on October 5 at Narendra Modi Stadium.