The anticipation for the ICC Cricket World Cup was at its peak, with the opening ceremony originally scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad. However, at the last minute, it appears that there won't be an opening ceremony after all. This edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup marks the fourth time it will be hosted in India, and the schedule was finalized at the end of July, setting the stage for league matches spanning from October 5th to November 19th.
A total of 45 league matches will be contested across 10 stadiums, making this tournament a cricket extravaganza. One of the most highly anticipated clashes, India versus Pakistan, is slated for October 14th. Surprisingly, it has been reported that there will be no grand opening ceremony for the World Cup 2023, despite earlier plans indicating otherwise. Ahmedabad Stadium was initially given significant importance in the tournament, and the first match, featuring England and New Zealand, will indeed kickstart the series on October 5th at the Ahmedabad Stadium.
Moreover, cricket enthusiasts can look forward to the England versus Australia match on November 4th, the South Africa versus Afghanistan clash on November 10th, and the grand finale on November 19th, all of which will be hosted at the iconic Ahmedabad Stadium.
Initial reports had suggested that the opening ceremony would be a grand affair, organized by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), with participation from all 10 teams and their captains. It was even named "Captain's Day" in collaboration with the ICC. However, the sudden announcement that there will be no opening ceremony has taken fans by surprise, just days before the ICC Cricket World Cup is set to begin. The cricketing world will have to adjust its expectations for the tournament, as it unfolds without the customary opening spectacle.