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ICC World Cup 2023 Schedule updates: Check Team India full fixtures and Match Venues for the World Cup

The Tournament will commence with a match between England and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi stadium on October 5.

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ICC World Cup 2023 Schedule updates: Check Team India full fixtures and Match Venues for the World Cup

The much awaited schedule for ICC World Cup 2023 has been announced. India the hosts for World Cup 2023, would begin their campaign against Australia in Chennai on October 8. In their next match, the men in blue will be taking on Afghanistan in Delhi on October 11. India will be playing against Pakistan on October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. According to reports, the Indian team would have their group stage matches at nine different venues.

The Tournament will commence with a match between England and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi stadium on October 5. The ICC world cup is set to be hosted exclusively by India and the announcement of this schedule, excited cricket fans who were waiting for it for a very long time.

The ICC World Cup Finals would be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19 with the semi finals being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The schedule for the mega tournament was unveiled ICC CEO Geoff Alardice along with BCCI secretary Jay Shah and cricket legends Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralidharan. Ten teams will be participating in the World Cup tournament. Eight of the participating countries have been confirmed. The remaining two teams will make to the tournament competing in the ongoing ICC world Cup Qualifier 2023 in Zimbabwe.

England are the reigning champions and would aim to defend their title as the tournament begins. The side then led by Eoin Morgan had won their maiden World Cup trophy by beating New Zealand in an exciting final match.

The competition is going to be more intense this time. India being the hosts will start the tournament as favourites, but no team can be counted out. Hyderabad cricket fans commented on Twitter stating that it was very unfair not to have even one match in Hyderabad.

A social media user and sports enthusiast expressed that he was disappointed that India Vs Afghanistan match was being held in New Delhi . He added that the people of the national capital deserved better.

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India unlikely to travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy next year

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The Indian cricket team is not likely to travel to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy in 2025. The BCCI told the media on Thursday that it will ask the ICC to host matches in Sri Lanka, Dubai in a hybrid model. The Indian team has not travelled to Pakistan since 2008 the two teams have played against each other only at multi team events. The last Asia Cup was hosted in Pakistan but India played all their matches in Sri Lanka under a Hybrid model which had been set by the organisers.

The Indian cricket team claimed that the Indian government has not granted permission to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup. The marquee tournament is scheduled from February 19 to March 9, 2025 (Reserve Day). Pakistan has not hosted any major international tournament since 1996, but in 2025 they will be hosting the Champions Trophy.

The two nations have not played bilateral cricket with each other since the 2012-2013 season. The ICC head of events Chris Tetley met the PCB chairman Naqvi in Islamabad and inspected the other arrangement. The Pakistan Cricket Board has allocated approximately Rs 17 billion for the upgradation of stadiums in Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi for 50 over Marquee Stadium, featuring over 8 teams.

According to reports the Pakistan Cricket Board had planned a match between India and Pakistan in Lahore on March 1, 2025 and the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Broad Mohsin Naqvi had submitted a report of the 15 matches. But the BCCI has not given any confirmation about the Champions Trophy since touring Pakistan is a big concern for the Indian government.

On May 6, Rajeev Shukla, the Vice President of the BCCI told the media that they will do whatever the Government of India tells them to do. He further added that they will send the Indian team only once they get permission from the government of India.

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Abhishek Sharma creates history with fastest century by an Indian batsman in T20Is, takes India to mammoth total of 234 against Zimbabwe

Abhishek Sharma reached his century with 3 consecutive sixes, scoring his first 50 runs in 33 balls and his next 50 in just 13 deliveries.

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Abhishek Sharma creates history with fastest century by an Indian batsman in T20Is, takes India to mammoth total of 234 against Zimbabwe

Abhishek Sharma’s outstanding century in his 2nd T20 international match not only made him the highest scorer for India against Zimbabwe in T20Is but also set a new record for the fastest century by an Indian batsman in this format which was achieved in just 2 innings.

Sharma took just 2 innings to hit a century for India in T20Is and crossed Deepak Hooda (3 innings) and KL Rahul (4 innings) as the fastest to achieve this milestone. He reached his century with 3 consecutive sixes, scoring his first 50 runs in 33 balls and his next 50 in just 13 deliveries.

With this knock, Abhishek Sharma at 23 years and 307 days, has joined an elite list of young Indian cricketers to score a century in T20 Internationals, following closely behind Suresh Raina (23 years and 156 days), Shubman Gill (23 years and 146 days), and Yashasvi Jaiswal (21 years and 279 days).

Abhishek Sharma’s innings in Harare 2024 also marks the 4th fastest century for India in T20 Internationals. He joins the ranks of KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rohit Sharma. India won the toss and elected to bat first but the opening partnership could not grow long, with Shubman Gill was sent back to the pavillion early in his innings to Blessing Muzarabani. But Abhishek Sharma along with Rutuiraj Gaikwad took the innings forawrd with his aggressive batting and calculated strokeplay.

Abhishek’s intent was evident from the outset as he hit Brian Bennet for a 6 and continued to attack the Zimbabwe bowling attack. Despite some early pressure from Zimbabwe’s bowlers he maintained his composure and found boundaries with precision. His Partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad became stronger as it crossed the 100-run mark, with Abhishek Sharma leading the charge. Sharma attacked Wellington Masakadza, and hit him for consecutive sixes which took him to his century.

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Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: Cricketers, Bollywood celebrities wish world champion on his 43rd birthday

The legendary India skipper turns 43 on July 7, 2024.

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Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: Cricketers, Bollywood celebrities wish world champion on his 43rd birthday

The legendary Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is celebrating his 43rd birthday today. Wishes are coming from all over the world for the one and only Captain Cool. MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Singh shared a beautiful birthday post for the world champion. She shared a video from the midnight birthday celebration on Instagram.

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In the video posted MS Dhoni is seen cutting not just one, but 3 cakes. In the video MS Dhoni is seen cutting a black forest cake with Sakshi standing next to him. Sharing the video, Sakshi wrote, Happy Birthday, MS Dhoni. Mahendra Singh Dhoni also celebrated his birthday with actor Salman Khan. In a video shared by a fan on X, Salman Khan is seen standing next to Dhoni and his wife during the cake-cutting ceremony. MS Dhoni fans can see 3 new cakes on the table.

The first one is a chocolate drip cake. The next one is a customized cake with MS Dhoni’s jersey number 7 on it. The cake has a topping of chocolate balls and macaroons. The last one looks like a cheesecake with caramel topping. Salman Khan also shared a picture from the midnight celebration on X (formerly Twitter). In the picture, the actor is looking at MS Dhoni. The note read, Happy Birthday, Kaptaan Sahab!

Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina wrote Happy Birthday, Mahi bhai!  He wished that Dhoni’s birthday may be as cool as his helicopter shot and as epic as his stumping skills. He hoped that this would turn out to be a fantastic one

Cricketer Kuldeep Yadav took to X and wrote Happy Birthday Mahi bhai. He also shared a picture with the former Indian captain.

BCCI Chairman Jay Shah wished the former Indian captain on his birthday and wrote Happy Birthday to the one and only MS Dhoni! You’ve given everything to the sport and inspired millions with your leadership and calm demeanour. Wishing you endless success and happiness!

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