The commencement of the World Cup 2023 is scheduled for October 5, and it will extend until November 19. Both the inaugural match and the grand finale are designated to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
This year marks the 13th iteration of the ODI World Cup. Interestingly, the previous three editions of the ODI World Cup have all been secured by the host nations – India in 2011, Australia in 2015, and England in 2019.
The question now arises: will this trend persist? Could India potentially break their decade-long ICC title drought? Or will Australia reaffirm their supremacy in global cricket and clinch their sixth ODI World Cup trophy? Alternatively, might England become just the third team in history to successfully defend their title as ODI world champions?
There’s also the possibility of South Africa finally overcoming their ICC tournament misfortune to seize their maiden World Cup victory. Additionally, could New Zealand, who were the runners-up in the past two tournaments, finally attain the coveted trophy?
The tournament’s format entails a league stage wherein all ten participating teams will face each other once. The top four teams emerging from this stage will progress to the semi-finals, ultimately culminating in a mega-finale between the victors of the semi-final matches.
AB de Villiers, the esteemed former captain and batsman of South Africa, has disclosed his top four selections. The first three choices are familiar favorites: India, Australia, and England. As for the fourth spot, AB de Villiers has expressed his support for his homeland, South Africa.
AB de Villiers’ Picks for the World Cup 2023 Semi-finalists: India, Australia, England and South Africa. Currently, both England and Australia have unveiled their preliminary squads for the World Cup, with the possibility of adjustments until September 27.