The ICC World Cup, a pinnacle event in the world of cricket, has undergone several transformations over the years. As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the 2023 edition hosted by India, there’s also excitement brewing for the future of this prestigious tournament. The ICC World Cup 2023 will be the last one to follow the old format where all 10 teams will face one another. From 2027, a new format is set to be introduced, marking the final go-around for the 10-team group stage that has provided 45 entertaining encounters to decide on four semi-finalists.
A Historic Overview
In 2019, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup witnessed an electrifying start with a thrilling clash between England and South Africa at The Oval. England emerged victorious, clinching their maiden World Cup title. The tournament’s Group stage lasted a riveting six weeks, captivating fans worldwide.
However, amidst the excitement, Pakistan’s journey in the 2019 World Cup began at a sluggish pace. They managed to win just one of their opening five matches but rallied back with four successive victories, coming tantalizingly close to qualification for the semi-finals, only to be denied by net run rate.
The Road to ICC World Cup 2027
Fast forward to 2027, and cricket enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to as the 14th edition of the Cricket World Cup is scheduled to take place in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia in October and November. This edition promises to bring fresh changes to the tournament’s format, keeping fans on the edge of their seats.
The New Format for 2027
In 2027, the ICC Cricket World Cup will adopt a new and exciting format. The tournament will begin with two groups of seven teams each, bringing a total of 14 teams into the competition. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Six stage, followed by the semi-finals and ultimately, the grand final.
Each team will have the opportunity to face off against all other sides within their group once, creating a dynamic and competitive atmosphere right from the start. The excitement doesn’t stop there, as the three top-ranked teams from each group will make it to the Super Sixes, adding another layer of intense competition to the tournament.
This format is reminiscent of the 2003 edition, which was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The 2003 World Cup, held from 9 February to 23 March, saw teams battling it out fiercely in the Super Six stage, setting the stage for some unforgettable cricketing moments.
The Super Sixes Showdown
Once the teams proceed to the Super Six stage in 2027, the intensity of the competition will reach its peak. Here, teams from one group will face off against teams from the other group. The fate of these teams will be determined by the points they accumulate during these high-stakes encounters.
The stakes will be higher than ever as the points earned in the Super Sixes will play a crucial role in deciding which top four teams will proceed to the semi-finals. With everything on the line, the Super Sixes stage promises to deliver exhilarating cricketing action and nerve-wracking moments that fans crave.
ICC World Cup 2023
Meanwhile, the ICC World Cup 2023 is all set to take center stage, commencing on 5 October and concluding on 19 November. India, with its rich cricketing heritage, will play host to this grand event. As teams from around the globe prepare to compete on the world’s biggest stage, fans can expect a month and a half of cricketing extravaganza, filled with unforgettable moments.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is a tournament that has evolved over the years, adapting to the changing dynamics of the sport. The 2027 format, with its innovative Super Sixes stage, promises to add a new dimension to the excitement. As we eagerly await the ICC World Cup 2023, hosted by India, and look forward to the future of the tournament, one thing is certain – cricket fans worldwide are in for a treat. The schedule announced by the ICC is given below: