The 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup was won by Australia, who defeated India by 6 wickets with 42 balls left. Watch the replay on Sling TV!
It’s one of the top sports championships in the world, and it just happened this fall. No, not the World Series — it’s the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Watch replays on Sling TV — we’ve got all the details on how below!
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Cricket is not the most popular sport in the world. It’s the second most popular. More popular than baseball, basketball, or hockey. And way more popular than (American) football. And one of its top events, the 13th ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, will be held October 5 through November 19.
It’s been a long time coming — like other World Cups, the Cricket World Cup (CWC) is only held every four years. Following a new format for 2023, qualification has taken place over the last three years since the previous ICC World Cup. The host nation is automatically qualified.
Ten teams remain — which will prevail?
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Overview
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is organized by the International Cricket Council and is played in a series of One Day International (ODI) cricket matches, and is sometimes called the ODI World Cup. ODI games are only about eight hours long, instead of the days-long Test matches or the short-form T20 games.
Australia is the overall leader in trophies, having won five times. The defending champion is England, which finally took home the silverware for the first time in 2019. This year, the competition is being held in India.
As host country, India automatically qualifies. The ten teams competing in the tournament phase of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup are:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
How to Watch Cricket on Sling TV
One advantage that cricket has over soccer is being limited to just a few broadcasters. Although ESPN+ has moved into cricket coverage and managed to get exclusive deals for some regional leagues, Willow TV is still the home of cricket.
And while you can buy Willow HD directly, it’s just as cheap to get it from Sling TV. And you can combine Willow TV with Sling’s amazing collection of packages.
Willow TV Packages on Sling TV
The base Willow Cricket Mini package is $10/mo and includes Willow HD and Willow Xtra. But if you purchase it for a year, it’s only $60, which is just $5/mo.
You can also add the Willow Cricket Mini package for $5/mo with either of their base plans, Sling Orange or Sling Blue ($40.00/mo each), which come with dozens of live TV channels and on-demand content.
South Asian TV Packages and More on Sling TV
But where Sling really shines is its offering of non-English international plans — especially for people from Asia.
- Urdu Pack ($10/mo): 17 channels including the Willow channels.
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- Panorama Italiano ($5/mo): 3 channels — add World Sports for $5/mo more.
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You also get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. You may not even need this with Sling’s Catch-Up feature, which saves all matches for 8 days. It also allows you to stream on up to 3 devices at once. (Note: Sling Orange is exempt.)
Finally, it offers far more support for streaming devices. Both support the standard ones: Amazon Fire TV (Firestick), Android mobile, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS (iPhone), Roku, Samsung, and Xbox. But Sling offers other things like Google Nest, Oculus, and TIVO Stream. See our Sling TV Devices page for more.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Schedule
Below is a complete schedule of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup fixtures (that’s matches, for you Americans). Most of the matches will take place in the group stage, which is played in a round-robin format, before moving on to the semifinals and final.
Warm-up matches have been going on all through this last weekend before the start. The opening match will be played between the last ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup’s finalists: England and runner-up New Zealand.
|Thu Oct 5||England vs New Zealand|
|Fri Oct 6||Pakistan vs Netherlands|
|Sat Oct 7||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan|
|Sat Oct 7||South Africa vs Sri Lanka|
|Sun Oct 8||India vs Australia|
|Mon Oct 9||New Zealand vs Netherlands|
|Tue Oct 10||England vs Bangladesh|
|Tue Oct 10||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka|
|Wed Oct 11||India vs Afghanistan|
|Thu Oct 12||Australia vs South Africa|
|Fri Oct 13||New Zealand vs Bangladesh|
|Sat Oct 14||India vs Pakistan|
|Sun Oct 15||England vs Afghanistan|
|Mon Oct 16||Australia vs Sri Lanka|
|Tue Oct 17||South Africa vs Netherlands|
|Wed Oct 18||New Zealand vs Afghanistan|
|Thu Oct 19||India vs Bangladesh|
|Fri Oct 20||Australia vs Pakistan|
|Sat Oct 21||Netherlands vs Sri Lanka|
|Sat Oct 21||England vs South Africa|
|Sun Oct 22||India vs New Zealand|
|Mon Oct 23||Pakistan vs Afghanistan|
|Tue Oct 24||South Africa vs Bangladesh|
|Wed Oct 25||Australia vs Netherlands|
|Thu Oct 26||England vs Sri Lanka|
|Fri Oct 27||Pakistan vs South Africa|
|Sat Oct 28||Australia vs New Zealand|
|Sat Oct 28||Netherlands vs Bangladesh|
|Sun Oct 29||India vs England|
|Mon Oct 30||Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka|
|Tue Oct 31||Pakistan vs Bangladesh|
|Wed Nov 1||New Zealand vs South Africa|
|Thu Nov 2||India vs Sri Lanka|
|Fri Nov 3||Netherlands vs Afghanistan|
|Sat Nov 4||New Zealand vs Pakistan|
|Sat Nov 4||England vs Australia|
|Sun Nov 5||India vs South Africa|
|Mon Nov 6||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka|
|Tue Nov 7||Australia vs Afghanistan|
|Wed Nov 8||England vs Netherlands|
|Thu Nov 9||New Zealand vs Sri Lanka|
|Fri Nov 10||South Africa vs Afghanistan|
|Sat Nov 11||Australia vs Bangladesh|
|Sat Nov 11||England vs Pakistan|
|Sun Nov 12||India vs Netherlands|
|Wed Nov 15||India vs New Zealand|
|Thu Nov 16||South Africa vs Australia|
|Sun Nov 19||India vs Australia|
The venues will rotate around ten stadiums around India:
- Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
- M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
- M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
- HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
- Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
- Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
- Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
The new qualifying process primarily uses the 2023 Cricket World Cup Super League, instead of ODI rankings. Because of the new system, this will be the first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup without the West Indies, and full ICC members Ireland and Zimbabwe also failed to pass the qualifiers. The only full member who qualified outside of the Super League was Sri Lanka.
Sling TV is the best streaming service for cricket fans in the US. It offers the Willow TV channels for the best price you will find, along with more device support and the ability to combine your viewing with other channels. Don’t miss a single wicket from your favorite bowler — sign up now!
These other pages have lots more information on watching cricket on Sling TV:
- General Cricket Guide (Sling TV Guide)
- Test Cricket
- ODI Men’s World Cup (Sling TV Guide)
- ODI Women’s World Cup
- T20 Men’s World Cup
- T20 Women’s World Cup (Sling TV Guide)
- Indian Premier League (IPL)
What is the prize for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup?
The winner of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup wins US$4 million. The runner-up receives US$2 million, and semifinalists get US$800,000 each. These top prizes are the same as in 2019. There are also cash prizes for the winners of each league stage match and the teams that don’t pass the league stage. The total prize money to be distributed is US$10 million.
Is there any cricket not on Willow TV?
Willow TV does not have the rights to every cricket match. As we noted above, ESPN+ has moved into cricket and has gained rights to some important events. The most notable is the Indian Premier League — the top cricket league in India.
Why aren’t people more interested in cricket in the United States?
In a word: history. Baseball is very similar to cricket. And for many reasons, it took off in popularity in the 19th century and there really wasn’t much of an opening for cricket.
But things may be changing, at least in the US. The 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in the United States. This is the first time a major cricket event will be hosted here. That in itself is an indication of rising popularity. And, as we have seen over the past couple of decades with soccer, hosting greatly expands the reach of the sport. Every match of the FIFA World Cup was broadcast on major US channels — in English and Spanish!
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