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The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Without Cable: Sling TV Cricket Packages For Every Need & Budget Explained

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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?

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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.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Australia v West Indies - Mitchell Starc bowling; Jason Holder the non-striker; Trent Bridge 6 June 2019
Mitchell Starc, Australia (left) bowling and Jason Holder, West Indies (right) (2019) / photo by It’s No Game under CC BY-2.0 via Flickr

As host country, India automatically qualifies. The ten teams competing in the tournament phase of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup are:

  • India
  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • England
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Netherlands

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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.

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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.
  • World Sports ($10/mo): 6 channels including Willow, beIN Sports, and Premiere.
  • Panorama Italiano ($5/mo): 3 channels — add World Sports for $5/mo more.
  • South Plus ($10/mo): 11 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Bangla Super ($15/mo): 6 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Desi Binge Plus ($15/mo): 6 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Dakshin ($20/mo): 19 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Punjabi Super ($24.99/mo): 20 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Dakshin Mega ($25/mo): 23 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Hindi ($30/mo): 16 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Urdu-Hindi ($30/mo): 20 channels including the Willow channels.
  • Hindi Mega ($44.99/mo): 28 channels including the Willow channels.

This is one reason why we say that Sling TV is the best way to get Willow TV. Unless you are only interested in cricket, Sling offers so many more options.

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.

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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.

Kane Williamson in ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019, Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Taunton, Somerset
Kane Williamson, New Zealand at the 2019 CWC vs Afghanistan Somerset County Cricket Club / photo by Mark Lockett under CC BY-SA-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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.

DateTime (ET)Teams
Thu Oct 5England vs New Zealand
Fri Oct 6Pakistan vs Netherlands
Sat Oct 7Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Sat Oct 7South Africa vs Sri Lanka
Sun Oct 8India vs Australia
Mon Oct 9New Zealand vs Netherlands
Tue Oct 10England vs Bangladesh
Tue Oct 10Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Wed Oct 11India vs Afghanistan
Thu Oct 12Australia vs South Africa
Fri Oct 13New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Sat Oct 14India vs Pakistan
Sun Oct 15England vs Afghanistan
Mon Oct 16Australia vs Sri Lanka
Tue Oct 17South Africa vs Netherlands
Wed Oct 18New Zealand vs Afghanistan
Thu Oct 19India vs Bangladesh
Fri Oct 20Australia vs Pakistan
Sat Oct 21Netherlands vs Sri Lanka
Sat Oct 21England vs South Africa
Sun Oct 22India vs New Zealand
Mon Oct 23Pakistan vs Afghanistan
Tue Oct 24South Africa vs Bangladesh
Wed Oct 25Australia vs Netherlands
Thu Oct 26England vs Sri Lanka
Fri Oct 27Pakistan vs South Africa
Sat Oct 28Australia vs New Zealand
Sat Oct 28Netherlands vs Bangladesh
Sun Oct 29India vs England
Mon Oct 30Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
Tue Oct 31Pakistan vs Bangladesh
Wed Nov 1New Zealand vs South Africa
Thu Nov 2India vs Sri Lanka
Fri Nov 3Netherlands vs Afghanistan
Sat Nov 4New Zealand vs Pakistan
Sat Nov 4England vs Australia
Sun Nov 5India vs South Africa
Mon Nov 6Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Tue Nov 7Australia vs Afghanistan
Wed Nov 8England vs Netherlands
Thu Nov 9New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Fri Nov 10South Africa vs Afghanistan
Sat Nov 11Australia vs Bangladesh
Sat Nov 11England vs Pakistan
Sun Nov 12India vs Netherlands
Wed Nov 15India vs New Zealand
Thu Nov 16South Africa vs Australia
Sun Nov 19India 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.

Wrapping Up

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Related Pages

These other pages have lots more information on watching cricket on Sling TV:


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.

Mostly, however, ESPN+ shares events with Willow. But if you want to make sure you have access to everything, sign up with Sling TV and ESPN+.

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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Featured photo: Australia vs West Indies at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottinghamshire (June 6, 2019)– 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup / photo by It’s No Game under CC BY-2.0 via Flickr

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