Not much time is left for the ICC World Cup 2023 in India. Cricket fans all over the world will get to witness some really exciting matches when the marquee tournament gets underway on October 5. Some top stars are set to be in action in the month-long competition after which fans would get to witness one out of the 10 sides emerge victorious and lift the coveted trophy on November 19. Teams have already started picking their players who would be featuring in the tournament. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set a deadline of September 28 for all the participating sides to name their teams for the tournament. Post that date, teams needing to make any changes to their squads would need approval from the ICC. ICC World Cup 2023 New Schedule Released: India vs Pakistan Officially Shifted to October 14, See Full List of CWC Fixtures After Changes.
The format of the tournament is pretty simple. A round-robin stage would be held where all 10 teams would take on each other once and the the sides that finish in the top four, would make it to the semifinals. This would be the 13th edition of the tournament with participating sides like--India, Australia, England, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Netherlands and South Africa. Also, West Indies, for the first time in the tournament's history, will not be taking part in the World Cup after their poor performances in the qualifiers. ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Warm-Up Matches Schedule Announced: India to Play England and Netherlands in Practice Games Ahead of Mega Event.
Here are the squads of all 10 teams in the ICC World Cup 2023:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.
Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
England: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, , Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rahmat Shah, Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashud Khan, Abdul Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafudin Ashraf, Farid Ahmad Malik
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (C), Tanzid Tamim, Litton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmood, Mustafizur Rehman, Shoriful Islam and Tanzim Sakib.
Netherlands: Scott Edwards (c), Max O'Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (C),Kushal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka.
England are the defending champions of the competition, having won it back in 2019 when they were the hosts. The side, then led by Eoin Morgan beat New Zealand in a thrilling final and these two teams are set to have a rematch when they kickstart proceedings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5. Hosts India will face Australia in their first match on October 8 in Chennai.
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