Possible Venues to Host Cricket World Cup 2023

Possible Venues to Host Cricket World Cup 2023
16.11.2020,14:11 204 0

Cricket World Cup is the most awaited tournament for fans. They have to wait 4 long years, however, it is definitely worth it! Over 1 billion fans watch cricket world cups live on grounds, at homes or even at their offices. Out of 12 world cups organised so far, Australia has won it 5 times followed by India and the West Indies with 2 wins each. The 13th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be held in India in October and November 2023.  Earlier scheduled to take place in February and March 2023, the tournament was postponed as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

List of Expected Venues

This time, India will be hosting the tournament solely compared to the 4th, 6th, and 10th editions in which they collaborated with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Let’s look at the list of expected venues roaring to host these fan-filled, nail-biting and eagerly awaited games.

  1. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
  2. Eden Gardens, Kolkata 
  3. Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
  4. Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
  5. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
  6. A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 
  7. Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
  8. PCA Stadium, Mohali
  9. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad 
  10. Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium, Nagpur 
  11. MCA Stadium, Pune

There will be 10 teams participating in the World Cup. Hosts India have already qualified for the World Cup. The remaining 9 teams will qualify through the 2020-22 World Cup Super League and 2022 World Cup Qualifier.

1. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Wankhede Stadium, owned by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), is one of the hot spots when it comes to hosting world cups. It has already hosted 7 ICC World Cup matches and 4 ICC World T20 matches. The final of the ICC World Cup 2011 took place at Wankhede Stadium. India won the final by 6 wickets and 10 balls in hand. Gautam Gambhir and Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 97 and 91 respectively to help India win their 2nd ICC World Cup after a 28-year-long gap. Wankhede has a seating capacity of 33500.

2. Eden Gardens, Kolkata

India’s iconic Eden Gardens is the oldest cricket stadium. Cricket Association of Bengal’s Eden Gardens has a capacity of 80000. India’s go-to stadium has hosted four finals including the 1987 Cricket World Cup and the 2016 ICC T20I World Cup. The nail-biting final of the 1987 Reliance World Cup between Australia and England was won by Australia by 7 runs. Australian opener David Boon scored 75 of 125 balls to win the Man of the Match trophy. It was Australia’s first world cup trophy.

3. Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

Earlier known as Firoz Shah Kotla, the Arun Jaitley stadium is the heart of India’s capital. It has hosted 1 game each in the 1987 and 1996 ICC World Cups. Kotla was banned for 12 months because of its pitch conditions but hosted 3 group-stage games of the ICC World Cup 2011 later. India has won 2 out of the 3 world cup matches played at this stadium. The capacity of Arun Jaitley Stadium is 55,000.

4. Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Sawai Mansingh Stadium is owned by Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). It has hosted one game each in the 1987 and 1996 ICC World Cups but was not selected as a venue in 2011. Both world cup games held there have been played by the West Indies, one against England and another one against Australia. With RCA building a new stadium in Jaipur with a capacity of 75000, it is unclear if Sawai Mansingh Stadium will be selected as a venue for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. Its capacity is 30,000.

5. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Karnataka State Cricket Association’s (KSCA) M. Chinnaswamy Stadium hosted 1 game each in the 1987 and 1996 World Cups. In 2011, it hosted 5 games. The thrilling match between India and England ended in a tie. Sachin Tendulkar’s century took India to 338. Chasing 339, England captain Andrew Strauss scored 155. It was one over from Zaheer Khan that changed everything and the match ended up being a tie, for the fourth time in the history of world cups. The capacity of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is 35,000.

6. M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium is commonly known as Chepauk Stadium. It has hosted 7 games so far in 3 world cups co-hosted by India. It is remembered for the 1987 World Cup match between India and Australia which India lost by a run. Batting first, the Aussies scored 270 on the back of a century from Geoff Marsh. India was well on its way to victory with just 23 to get and 5 wickets left. However, India managed to lose 5 wickets – 2 of them run out – to face a heartbreaking loss. Chepauk has a seating capacity of 50,000.

7. Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad

Sardar Patel Stadium is the world’s largest cricket stadium with a seating capacity of 110,000. Known as Motera Stadium, it recently got an upgrade from Gujrat Cricket Association (GCA). So far, 5 world cup games have been played here. India won the quarterfinal of the 2011 ICC World Cup against Australia by 5 wickets to book a place in the semis against their rivals Pakistan. It won’t be a surprise if Motera gets a chance to host the final of the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

8. PCA Stadium, Mohali

PCA IS Bindra Stadium is owned by Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). It has a seating capacity of 30,000. The stadium has hosted 4 games of the ICC World Cup and 3 games of the ICC World T20. It witnessed the semifinal match between India vs Pakistan. The entire world turned their eyes to the match as it was a part of the peace process between the two countries. India won the game by 29 runs. 6 out of the 7 games have favoured the team batting first.

9. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad is India’s 5th-largest stadium based on seating capacity. It can accommodate 55,000 spectators. Inaugurated in 2005, this stadium has not hosted any world cup match yet. However, its recent emergence as a home ground of the IPL franchise SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) has definitely opened doors of opportunity to host matches of the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

10. Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium, Nagpur

The New VCA Stadium is India’s largest stadium in terms of the playing area with 80 yards straight boundaries and 85 yards square boundaries. Though it has not hosted any ODI world cup matches so far, VCA hosted 6 games of the First Round and 3 games of Super 10 of the ICC World T20. VCA is hoping to get to host matches of the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The seating capacity of this ground is about 45,000.

11.  MCA Stadium, Pune

Maharashtra Cricket Association’s MCA Stadium is one of the newest stadiums in India. It was inaugurated in 2012. So far, it has hosted 2 Tests, 4 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. It can accommodate 37,000 spectators at a time. BCCI has MCA Stadium on its radar since India got the hosting responsibilities of the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

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