Pakistan play sub-continental rivals India in Ahmedabad on October 15 and Bangladesh in Kolkata on October 31, as per the schedule of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 announced on Tuesday in Mumbai.
Pakistan begin their campaign in Hyderabad against the two qualifiers while they play defending champions England in their last league match on November 12. The tournament runs from October 5 to November 19.
Ten teams feature in what will be the biggest Cricket World Cup ever, across 10 venues, with the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad hosting the tournament opener and the final.
The other venues are Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune. Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram join Hyderabad in hosting the practice
games, the ICC release said.
Eight teams have qualified for the 46-day event through the Cricket World Cup Super League while the final two spots will be taken by the finalists of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier taking place in Zimbabwe.
The tournament retains the round-robin format of last time with all teams playing against each other for a total of 45 league matches. There are six day matches in the tournament, which will start at 10h30 local time. All other matches, including the knockouts, will be day-night fixtures starting at 14h00.
The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals to be played in Mumbai on November 15 and in Kolkata on November 16. The semi-finals and the final will have reserve days.
Pakistan’s fixtures at World Cup (day-night matches unless indicated otherwise):
6 October – vs Qualifier 1, Hyderabad
12 October – vs Qualifier 2, Hyderabad
15 October – vs India, Ahmedabad
20 October – vs Australia, Bengaluru
23 October – vs Afghanistan, Chennai
27 October – vs South Africa, Chennai
31 October – vs Bangladesh, Kolkata
4 November – vs New Zealand, Bengaluru (day match)
12 November – vs England, Kolkata.