Top-class 50-overs cricket will take the spotlight later this year as the 13th edition of the ICC World Cup is staged in India.
The tournament has already sparked plenty of interest among sports bettors, with the ante-post market showing several teams are fancied to lift the trophy.
India are the favourites with 1xbet bookmaker to win the tournament and home advantage could make them extremely tough to beat.
However, they may not have things their own way as they seek to win the title for the first time in 12 years. Read on as we take a closer look at the 2023 ICC World Cup.
ICC World Cup 2023 Dates
The dates for the tournament are yet to be confirmed, but will likely run from October 5 to November 19.
ICC World Cup 2023 Format
Ten teams will participate in the group stage and will face each of the other sides once for a total of matches. The top four teams progress to the semi-finals.
The winners of the group play the fourth-placed team, while the runners-up will face the team that finishes third. The two winning sides meet in the final.
ICC World Cup 2023 Odds
Here are the latest odds for the 2023 ICC World Cup:
- India – 5/2
- England – 11/4
- Australia – 9/2
- Pakistan – 7/1
- New Zealand – 8/1
- South Africa – 10/1
- West Indies 14/1
- Sri Lanka – 33/1
- Bangladesh – 33/1
- Bar – 100/1
ICC World Cup 2023 Preview
Australia are the most successful team in the history of the World Cup, lifting the trophy on five previous occasions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 & 2015).
They reached the semi-finals in 2019, but were poor at the T20 World Cup last year and will need to improve if they are to win in India.
The hosts will expect to at least make it to the semi-finals and could be tough to stop with a partisan home crowd backing them.
However, India have previously buckled under the weight of expectation and do not represent much in the way of value in the outright betting market.
The same comment applies to England, particularly with their players facing an extremely hectic schedule in the run-up to the World Cup.
They were fortunate to win the tournament four years ago, with an umpiring error costing New Zealand their chance of victory.
The Kiwis will be desperate to gain compensation this time around and will likely attract plenty of interest from each-way punters.
Pakistan should also be extremely competitive in their bid to win the World Cup for the first time since their success in Australia and New Zealand 31 years ago.
They just missed out on the semi-finals in 2019 and will fancy their chances of getting out of the group on this occasion.
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