In 2023, Bangladesh will participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup, playing a total of nine matches at six different venues in India. The schedule includes two matches each in Dharamshala, Pune, and Kolkata, along with three more matches in Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi. The journey begins with a match against Afghanistan on October 7 in Dharamshala and concludes with a game against Australia on November 12 in Pune. Prior to the competition, Bangladesh will also play warm-up matches in Guwahati or Thiruvananthapuram.
The official release of the 2023 World Cup schedule by the ICC has brought excitement to Bangladesh’s ODI captain, Tamim Iqbal. He considers the World Cup the biggest event in cricket, highlighting the challenges it presents and the importance of match awareness and patience. Playing in India is always a pleasure for the team, as they receive great support from the passionate cricket fans and enjoy the magnificent stadiums.
Reflecting on their performance in the 2019 World Cup, Bangladesh had high hopes but fell short of reaching the semi-finals. However, in the four years since then, the standard of cricket in the country has improved. Shakib Al Hasan was one of the top performers in the 2019 World Cup in England.
Bangladesh finished third in the ICC ODI Super League, earning them a direct qualification to the World Cup. With enhanced preparation and increased experience, Tamim sees a great opportunity for Bangladesh to achieve their highest success. The team possesses a perfect blend of experience and youth, and the conditions in India are familiar to them.
Bangladesh’s campaign in the World Cup commences with a match against Afghanistan in Dharamshala on October 7, followed by a game against England at the same venue on October 10. The team will compete in a total of nine matches across six venues, facing opponents like New Zealand, India, South Africa, Pakistan, and others. The group stage concludes with a match against Australia on November 12 in Pune. The tournament spans 46 days, taking place in 10 venues, with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals held in Mumbai and Kolkata on November 15 and 16. The grand finale will take place in Ahmedabad on November 19.
Through this schedule, Bangladesh aims to make their mark in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, displaying their cricketing prowess and determination to achieve success on the global stage.