“I think this the first time Mohali doesn’t feature since the stadium got made” – Twitter reacts after the projected venues for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 get released

The most probable dates for the beginning and end of the 2023 ODI World Cup are October 5 and November 19. With the final set to take place in the biggest cricket stadium in the world in Ahmedabad, ESPNcricinfo has heard that the host organization, BCCI, has selected at least a dozen locations for the 10-team flagship tournament.

Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, and Mumbai are the other cities that made the cut in addition to Ahmedabad. During the course of 46 days, there will be a total of 48 matches played over three rounds of elimination.

With the exception of the championship match, the BCCI has not yet announced where the other matches would be played, or even which two or three cities will host the preliminary matches. Difficulties in determining locations have arisen since the monsoon season is ending at various times in different areas of India.

Ordinarily, the ICC would publish the World Cup schedule a year in advance, but this time, it had to wait for the BCCI to get approval from the Indian government. The Pakistan cricket team has not played in India since early 2013, except for ICC games, therefore obtaining a tax exemption for the tournament and obtaining visa clearance for the squad are two major concerns.

The projected venues for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

The BCCI is said to have promised the ICC during their quarterly meetings in Dubai last weekend that the Indian government will provide visas to the Pakistani team.

With the ICC’s request for an update on the Indian government’s stance on tax exemptions, the BCCI is likely to provide one shortly. The BCCI signed a host’s agreement with the ICC in 2014 when India was awarded three men’s events: the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup, the 2018 Champions Trophy (later changed to the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup, which was moved to the UAE and Oman due to the pandemic), and the 2023 One-Day International World Cup. The BCCI was “obligated” to assist the ICC in obtaining tax exemptions for the event and all of its commercial partners.

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