The ICC World Cup 2023 trophy recently embarked on a three-day tour of Pakistan, making appearances at various historic sites and in front of enthusiastic fans. The official ICC X (formerly known as Twitter) account shared a video titled “Pakistan Diaries,” chronicling the trophy’s journey across the country.
The trophy was introduced to Pakistan during its three-day tour and was ceremoniously unveiled by former Pakistani cricketer and current Advisor to the Chief Minister of Punjab for Sports, Wahab Riaz.
During its visit, the ICC World Cup trophy was proudly showcased at iconic locations like the Badshahi Mosque and Minar-e-Pakistan, where it captured the attention and admiration of cricket enthusiasts.
The trophy’s global tour commenced in India, the tournament’s host nation, on June 27. It then traveled to several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the USA, the West Indies, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Bahrain, Italy, France, and England.
Notably, the upcoming ICC World Cup, scheduled from October 5 to November 19, will feature 10 teams competing for the coveted title across 10 venues. The tournament opener and final will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Cricket World Cup will follow a round-robin format, with all teams facing each other in 45 league matches. The top four teams will progress to the semi-finals, which are scheduled for November 15 in Mumbai and November 16 in Kolkata. These crucial matches, along with the final, have reserve days to account for any unforeseen circumstances.
While Pakistan has yet to announce its squad for this prestigious event, here is their schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023:
- October 6 – Pakistan vs. Netherlands in Hyderabad
- October 10 – Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka in Hyderabad
- October 14 – Pakistan vs. India in Ahmedabad
- October 20 – Pakistan vs. Australia in Bengaluru
- October 23 – Pakistan vs. Afghanistan in Chennai
- October 27 – Pakistan vs. South Africa in Chennai
- October 31 – Pakistan vs. Bangladesh in Kolkata
- November 4 – Pakistan vs. New Zealand in Bengaluru (Day match)
- November 11 – Pakistan vs. England in Kolkata
Day matches will commence at 10:00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST), while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30 pm (PST).