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2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup
2023 CWC Logo.svg
Dates 5 October – 19 November 2023
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International (ODI)
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Host(s) India
Champions  Australia (6th title)
Participants 10
Matches played 48
Man of the Series Virat Kohli
Most runs Virat Kohli (765)
Most wickets Mohammed Shami (24)
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The 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup was the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup, a quadrennial One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament contested by men's national teams and organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The tournament was hosted by India. It started on 5 October and concluded on 19 November 2023, with Australia winning the tournament.

Ten national teams participated. All had to qualify for the tournament through the 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification process. India qualified as hosts; Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa qualified via the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, with the Netherlands and Sri Lanka securing the final two places via the qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe during June and July 2023. The West Indies missed out on qualification for the first time in their history. All teams were asked to finalise their 15-player squads prior to 28 September, with any replacements after this date requiring approval from the ICC. A selection panel chose 16 officials to umpire and referee at the matches.

It was the first men's Cricket World Cup which India hosted solely. The tournament took place in ten different stadiums, in ten cities across the country. In the first semi-final India beat New Zealand, and in the second semi-final Australia beat South Africa. The final took place between India and Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium on 19 November with Australia winning the title for the sixth time.

The top eight placed teams in the tournament's final points table qualified for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy, the next ICC ODI tournament. Virat Kohli was the player of the tournament and also scored the most runs; Mohammed Shami was the leading wicket-taker.

Background

Originally, the competition was to be played from 9 February to 26 March 2023. In July 2020 it was announced that that the tournament would be moved to October and November as a result of the qualification schedule being disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICC released the tournament schedule on 27 June 2023.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had threatened to boycott the competition after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to send a team to the 2023 Asia Cup scheduled in Pakistan. This issue was resolved in June 2023 after the Asian Cricket Council announced that the competition would be hosted using a hybrid model proposed by the PCB, with nine of the 13 matches in the competition played in Sri Lanka.

This was the first ICC World Cup in which penalties for slow over-rates were given to bowling sides if they did not complete their 50 overs in the stipulated time. On-field umpires could penalise the bowling team by not allowing more than four fielders outside the 30-yard circle.

Qualification

2023 Cricket World Cup participating nations
Highlighted are the countries that participated in the 2023 Cricket World Cup.      Qualified as host      Qualified via the 2020–2023 Super League      Qualified via the 2023 Qualifier      Participated in the qualifier but failed to qualify

Like the previous World Cup, the tournament featured ten teams. The main route for qualification was, however, through the new ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, a series of matches played between 2020 and 2023 rather than the ODI rankings. The top eight of the 13 sides in the Super League qualified for the World Cup automatically, although as hosts India, who finished fourth, were guaranteed a place. In June and July 2023, the bottom five teams from the Super League and the top five ranked associate sides competed in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier for the remaining two places.

As a result of the qualifying process, the competition was the first not to include former winners West Indies, who failed to progress for the first time in their history, after their defeat to Scotland. Full members Ireland and Zimbabwe also missed out on qualification, meaning three of the four full members who took part in the knock-out qualification stage did not qualify, with only Sri Lanka progressing. The final qualification spot fell to an eliminator between associate members, Scotland and Netherlands. The Netherlands won the eliminator and took the final spot in the finals stage of the competition.

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host nation 1  India
ICC Super League 30 July 2020 – 14 May 2023 Various 7
Qualifier 18 June 2023 – 9 July 2023 Zimbabwe 2
Total 10

Venues

The tournament took place in ten different stadiums, situated in ten different cities across India. The first and second semi-finals were held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata respectively, while the final took place at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The BCCI provided funding for renovations and refurbishments at stadiums. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium received a new grass surface, drainage system, seating, and hospitality boxes. Wankhede Stadium had upgrades to the outfield, floodlights, corporate boxes, and toilets. M. A. Chidambaram Stadium installed new floodlights and relaid two wickets.

With the autumn scheduling of this World Cup, the ICC instituted protocols for reducing the impact of moisture—including dew and rain—on pitch conditions, so that they did not give the team batting second an advantage (as had frequently occurred in the 2021 Men's T20 World Cup). These included using a specific wetting agent, and the boundary set at around 70 m (77 yards) at each stadium, with more grass on the pitch to encourage seam bowling over spin bowling.

Location Stadium Capacity No. of matches
Ahmedabad Narendra Modi Stadium 132,000 5
Bangalore M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 33,800 5
Chennai M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 38,200 5
Delhi Arun Jaitley Stadium 35,200 5
Dharamshala HPCA Stadium 21,200 5
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 39,200 3
Kolkata Eden Gardens 68,000 5
Lucknow BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium 50,100 5
Mumbai Wankhede Stadium 33,100 5
Pune Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium 42,700 5

Squads

All teams were asked to finalise their 15-player squads prior to 28 September, with any replacements after this date requiring approval from the ICC. All squads were announced by 26 September 2023. The oldest player of the tournament was Dutch player Wesley Barresi, who was 39 years old, while the youngest was Afghan spinner Noor Ahmad, who was 18.

Warm-up matches

Warm-up matches were held from 29 September to 3 October 2023 at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, Assam Cricket Association Stadium in Guwahati, and Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

India's warm-up fixtures were announced on 27 June. The complete warm-up fixtures were announced on 23 August. The matches were broadcast live on television.

Warm-up matches
29 September 2023
14:00
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
263 (49.1 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
264/3 (42 overs)
Pathum Nissanka 68 (64)
Mahedi Hasan 3/36 (9 overs)
Tanzid Hasan 84 (88)
Lahiru Kumara 1/30 (6 overs)
Bangladesh won by 7 wickets
Assam Cricket Association Stadium, Guwahati
Umpires: Saiyed Khalid (Ind) and Vinod Seshan (Ind)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
29 September 2023
14:00
Scorecard
v
 Afghanistan
Match abandoned
Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Rohan Pandit (Ind)
  • No toss.
  • No play was possible due to rain.
29 September 2023
14:00
Scorecard
Pakistan 
345/5 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
346/5 (43.4 overs)
Mohammad Rizwan 103* (94)
Mitchell Santner 2/39 (8 overs)
Rachin Ravindra 97 (72)
Usama Mir 2/68 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Umpires: Parashar Joshi (Ind) and Akshay Totre (Ind)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
30 September 2023
14:00
Scorecard
v
No result
Assam Cricket Association Stadium, Guwahati
Umpires: Saiyed Khalid (Ind) and Saidarshan Kumar (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play was possible due to rain.
30 September 2023
14:00
Scorecard
Australia 
166/7 (23 overs)
v
 Netherlands
84/6 (14.2 overs)
Steve Smith 55 (42)
Roelof van der Merwe 2/12 (3 overs)
Colin Ackermann 31* (37)
Mitchell Starc 3/18 (3 overs)
No result
Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Umpires: Rohan Pandit (Ind) and Virender Sharma (Ind)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was reduced to 23 overs per side due to rain.
  • Rain prevented any further play.
2 October 2023
14:00
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
188/9 (37 overs)
v
 England
197/6 (24.1 overs)
Mehidy Hasan 74 (89)
Reece Topley 3/23 (5 overs)
Moeen Ali 56 (39)
Mustafizur Rahman 2/23 (3 overs)
England won by 4 wickets (DLS method)
Assam Cricket Association Stadium, Guwahati
Umpires: Nitin Menon (Ind) and Sharfuddoula (Ban)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was reduced to 37 overs per side due to rain.
  • England were set a revised target of 197 runs from 37 overs due to rain.
2 October 2023
14:00
Scorecard
New Zealand 
321/6 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
211/4 (37 overs)
Devon Conway 78 (73)
Lungi Ngidi 3/33 (7 overs)
Quinton de Kock 84* (89)
Trent Boult 2/20 (5 overs)
New Zealand won by 7 runs (DLS method)
Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • South Africa innings curtailed at 37 overs due to rain; DLS par score was 219.
3 October 2023
14:00
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
294 (46.2 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
261/4 (38.1 overs)
Kusal Mendis 158 (87)
Mohammad Nabi 4/44 (8 overs)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 119 (92)
Kasun Rajitha 1/18 (7 overs)
Afghanistan won by 6 wickets (DLS method)
Assam Cricket Association Stadium, Guwahati
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pak) and Joel Wilson (WI)
  • Afganistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Afghanistan were set a revised target of 257 runs from 42 overs due to rain.
3 October 2023
14:00
Scorecard
v
 Netherlands
Match abandoned
Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Alex Wharf (Eng)
  • No toss.
  • No play was possible due to rain.
3 October 2023
14:00
Scorecard
Australia 
351/7 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
337 (47.4 overs)
Glenn Maxwell 77 (71)
Usama Mir 2/31 (5 overs)
Babar Azam 90 (59)
Marnus Labuschagne 3/78 (8.4 overs)
Australia won by 14 runs
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Umpires: Paul Reiffel (Aus) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

Group stage

The ICC announced the World Cup schedule on 27 June 2023 at an event in Mumbai with a countdown of 100 days to the opening match of the World Cup on 5 October. The group stage started with the match between the finalists of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, New Zealand and England, at Narendra Modi Stadium. On 9 August 2023, nine fixtures, including the match between India and Pakistan, were rescheduled by the ICC. The top seven teams in the tournament excluding 2025 hosts Pakistan qualified for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  India (H) 9 9 0 0 0 18 2.570 Advanced to the semi-finals and
qualified for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy
2  South Africa 9 7 2 0 0 14 1.261
3  Australia 9 7 2 0 0 14 0.841
4  New Zealand 9 5 4 0 0 10 0.743
5  Pakistan 9 4 5 0 0 8 −0.199 Qualified for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy
6  Afghanistan 9 4 5 0 0 8 −0.336
7  England 9 3 6 0 0 6 −0.572
8  Bangladesh 9 2 7 0 0 4 −1.087
9  Sri Lanka 9 2 7 0 0 4 −1.419
10  Netherlands 9 2 7 0 0 4 −1.825
Source: ICC
(H) Host.


Results

The ICC released the fixture details on 27 June 2023.

Individual games
5 October 2023
Scorecard
England 
282/9 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
283/1 (36.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 9 wickets
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
6 October 2023
Scorecard
Pakistan 
286 (49 overs)
v
 Netherlands
205 (41 overs)
Pakistan won by 81 runs
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
7 October 2023
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
156 (37.2 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
158/4 (34.4 overs)
Bangladesh won by 6 wickets
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
7 October 2023
Scorecard
South Africa 
428/5 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
326 (44.5 overs)
South Africa won by 102 runs
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
8 October 2023
Scorecard
Australia 
199 (49.3 overs)
v
 India
201/4 (41.2 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
9 October 2023
Scorecard
New Zealand 
322/7 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
223 (46.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 99 runs
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
10 October 2023
Scorecard
England 
364/9 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
227 (48.2 overs)
England won by 137 runs
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
10 October 2023
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
344/9 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
345/4 (48.2 overs)
Pakistan won by 6 wickets
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
11 October 2023
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
272/8 (50 overs)
v
 India
273/2 (35 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
12 October 2023
Scorecard
South Africa 
311/7 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
177 (40.5 overs)
South Africa won by 134 runs
BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
13 October 2023
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
245/9 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
248/2 (42.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
14 October 2023
Scorecard
Pakistan 
191 (42.5 overs)
v
 India
192/3 (30.3 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
15 October 2023
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
284 (49.5 overs)
v
 England
215 (40.3 overs)
Afghanistan won by 69 runs
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
16 October 2023
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
209 (43.3 overs)
v
 Australia
215/5 (35.2 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
17 October 2023
Scorecard
Netherlands 
245/8 (43 overs)
v
 South Africa
207 (42.5 overs)
Netherlands won by 38 runs
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
18 October 2023
Scorecard
New Zealand 
288/6 (50 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
139 (34.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 149 runs
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
19 October 2023
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
256/8 (50 overs)
v
 India
261/3 (41.3 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
20 October 2023
Scorecard
Australia 
367/9 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
305 (45.3 overs)
Australia won by 62 runs
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
21 October 2023
Scorecard
Netherlands 
262 (49.4 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
263/5 (48.2 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
21 October 2023
Scorecard
South Africa 
399/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
170 (22 overs)
South Africa won by 229 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
22 October 2023
Scorecard
New Zealand 
273 (50 overs)
v
 India
274/6 (48 overs)
India won by 4 wickets
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
23 October 2023
Scorecard
Pakistan 
282/7 (50 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
286/2 (49 overs)
Afghanistan won by 8 wickets
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
24 October 2023
Scorecard
South Africa 
382/5 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
233 (46.4 overs)
South Africa won by 149 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
25 October 2023
Scorecard
Australia 
399/8 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
90 (21 overs)
Australia won by 309 runs
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
26 October 2023
Scorecard
England 
156 (33.2 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
160/2 (25.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
27 October 2023
Scorecard
Pakistan 
270 (46.4 overs)
v
 South Africa
271/9 (47.2 overs)
South Africa won by 1 wicket
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
28 October 2023
Scorecard
Australia 
388 (49.2 overs)
v
 New Zealand
383/9 (50 overs)
Australia won by 5 runs
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
28 October 2023
Scorecard
Netherlands 
229 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
142 (42.2 overs)
Netherlands won by 87 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
29 October 2023
Scorecard
India 
229/9 (50 overs)
v
 England
129 (34.5 overs)
India won by 100 runs
BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
30 October 2023
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
241 (49.3 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
242/3 (45.2 overs)
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
31 October 2023
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
204 (45.1 overs)
v
 Pakistan
205/3 (32.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
1 November 2023
Scorecard
South Africa 
357/4 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
167 (35.3 overs)
South Africa won by 190 runs
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
2 November 2023
Scorecard
India 
357/8 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
55 (19.4 overs)
India won by 302 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
3 November 2023
Scorecard
Netherlands 
179 (46.3 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
181/3 (31.3 overs)
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
4 November 2023
Scorecard
New Zealand 
401/6 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
200/1 (25.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 21 runs (DLS method)
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
4 November 2023
Scorecard
Australia 
286 (49.3 overs)
v
 England
253 (48.1 overs)
Australia won by 33 runs
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
5 November 2023
Scorecard
India 
326/5 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
83 (27.1 overs)
India won by 243 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
6 November 2023
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
279 (49.3 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
282/7 (41.1 overs)
Bangladesh won by 3 wickets
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
7 November 2023
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
291/5 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
293/7 (46.5 overs)
Australia won by 3 wickets
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
8 November 2023
Scorecard
England 
339/9 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
179 (37.2 overs)
England won by 160 runs
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
9 November 2023
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
171 (46.4 overs)
v
 New Zealand
172/5 (23.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
10 November 2023
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
244 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
247/5 (47.3 overs)
South Africa won by 5 wickets
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
11 November 2023
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
306/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
307/2 (44.4 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
11 November 2023
Scorecard
England 
337/9 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
244 (43.3 overs)
England won by 93 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
12 November 2023
Scorecard
India 
410/4 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
250 (47.5 overs)
India won by 160 runs
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Knockout stage

The host India was the first team to qualify for the semi-finals after their 302-run win against Sri Lanka, their seventh successive win in the World Cup. India secured the top place amongst the semi-finalists after they beat South Africa by 243 runs on 5 November at Eden Gardens.

South Africa became the second team to qualify for the semi-finals after Pakistan defeated New Zealand on 4 November, with Australia becoming the third team to qualify after defeating Afghanistan on 7 November. New Zealand confirmed their berth as the fourth team after Pakistan lost their final match against England.

Semi-finals Final
           
1  India 397/4 (50 overs)
4  New Zealand 327 (48.5 overs)
SFW1  India 240 (50 overs)
SFW2  Australia 241/4 (43 overs)
2  South Africa 212 (49.4 overs)
3  Australia 215/7 (47.2 overs)

Semi-finals

15 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
397/4 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
327 (48.5 overs)
India won by 70 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

16 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
212 (49.4 overs)
v
 Australia
215/7 (47.2 overs)
Australia won by 3 wickets
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Final

19 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
240 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
241/4 (43 overs)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Statistics

Most runs

Runs Player Inns HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
765 Virat Kohli 11 117 95.62 90.31 3 6 68 9
597 Rohit Sharma 11 131 54.27 125.94 1 3 66 31
594 Quinton de Kock 10 174 59.40 107.02 4 0 57 21
578 Rachin Ravindra 10 123* 64.22 106.44 3 2 55 17
552 Daryl Mitchell 10 134 69.00 111.06 2 2 48 22

Most wickets

Wkts Player Inns Ave Econ BBI SR 5W
24 Mohammed Shami 7 10.70 5.26 7/57 12.20 3
23 Adam Zampa 11 22.39 5.36 4/8 25.04 0
21 Dilshan Madushanka 9 25.00 6.70 5/80 22.38 1
20 Jasprit Bumrah 11 18.65 4.06 4/39 27.55 0
Gerald Coetzee 8 19.80 6.23 4/44 19.05 0

Broadcasting

Star Sports were the host broadcaster, televising matches domestically with Disney+ Hotstar in English and eight regional languages. All matches were streamed domestically without the need for a subscription on mobile devices. Other countries and territories had official local broadcasters for the tournament.

Prize money

The ICC allocated a pool of US$10 million in prize money for the tournament, with payouts remaining the same as the 2019 and 2015 tournaments. Australia, the winning team, received US$4,000,000, the runner-up $2,000,000 and the losing semi-finalists $1,600,000. Teams that did not progress past the league stage received $100,000 and the winner of each league stage match received $40,000.

See also

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