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Bangladesh start campaign against Afghanistan in Dharamsala in CWC 23


Bangladesh will play their first two matches of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 – against Afghanistan (October 7) and England (October 10) in the hill city of Dharamsala as they aim to make it to the knockouts of the tournament for the first time.

Bangladesh also features in two matches each in Pune and Kolkata. They go up against India on October 19 and against Australia in a day game on November 12, while their fixtures in Kolkata include one against sub-continental rivals Pakistan.

Ahmedabad will host the tournament opener as well as 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.

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal exuded confidence ahead of the 10-team tournament and expected his team to adjust well to the conditions.

Tamim said, “This is the ultimate event. Nothing compares to a one-day World Cup because this is the most challenging white-ball format which continuously tests your game awareness and temperament.”

“The tournament’s structure gives you no scope to relax. Every team is tough and there are no easy games,” he said.

“Playing in India is always very enjoyable. The electric atmosphere, great stadiums and the very knowledgeable cricket fans make the experience fulfilling. We have always received excellent

support whenever we played there,” Tamim said.

“I am very confident with the side we will take to the World Cup. We have been performing at a very high level in ODIs and were one of the leading sides in the World Cup qualifying. There is a nice blend of experience and talent, and the conditions will be familiar,“ he added.

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.

Bangladesh fixtures at World Cup (day-night matches unless indicated otherwise):

07 October – vs Afghanistan, Dharamsala

10 October – vs England, Dharamsala

14 October – vs New Zealand, Chennai

19 October – vs India, Pune

24 October – vs South Africa, Mumbai

28 October – vs Qualifier 1, Kolkata

31 October – vs Pakistan, Kolkata

06 November – vs Qualifier 2, Delhi

12 November – vs Australia, Pune (day match).

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