With the ODI World Cup around the corner, and September 28th set as the last day to finalise teams as per International Cricket Council (ICC) guidelines, here is what some of the teams are doing to get match ready and zero in on their squads before the deadline.
Ireland Tour of England
3 ODIs | Wednesday, September 20th to Tuesday, September 26th
New Zealand Tour of Bangladesh
3 ODIs | Thursday, September 21st to Tuesday, September 26th
Australia Tour of India
3 ODIs | Friday, September 22nd to Wednesday, September 27th
The 13th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India will see 10 teams feature in the quadrennial tournament from 5th October to 19th November. It was originally scheduled to take place from February to March 2023, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia in India
Key players return to an Australian side fresh off a topsy-turvy South African tour as they gear up to take on newly-crowned Asia Cup Champions India for a 3-match ODI series starting Friday, 22nd September 2023.
The final showdown before the October ODI World Cup sees Australia without a couple of their stars including the injured Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson. On a brighter note, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Steve Smith return after missing out against South Africa and so does Glenn Maxwell.
India have named a full-strength squad with the biggest surprise being Ravichandran Ashwin making a comeback to the ODI squad for the first time since January 2022. They have also rested a few key players including skipper Rohit Sharma for the first 2 ODIs with. KL Rahul leading the side. However, the World Cup squad has been picked for the final ODI with the addition of Ashwin and Washington Sundar.
1st ODI: Friday, September 22nd @ Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
2nd ODI: Sunday, September 24th @ Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
3rd ODI: Wednesday, September 27th @ Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
ALL GAMES @ 8AM GMT | 1:30 PM IST
India squad for first two matches: KL Rahul (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.
India ODI squad for third and final ODI: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, (Vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel*, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj.
Australia: Pat Cummins (C), Sean Abbott, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Short, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Ireland in England
England, who host Ireland for a 3-match ODI series have named an inexperienced squad captained by comeback man Zak Crawley (England’s highest scorer in this year’s Ashes – 480 runs at an average of 53.33, striking at 88.72). He makes a comeback to the ODI side after 2 years. His deputy is his red-ball opening partner, Ben Duckett. World Cup hopeful Harry Brook is also part of the 13-member squad featuring 4 debutants – batter Sam Hain, wicketkeeper Jamie Smith, fast-bowler George Scrimshaw and left-arm spinner Tom Hartley.
Ireland’s full-strength 15-member squad is led by opener Paul Stirling and includes seasoned internationals who were part of the side that lost 2-1 the last time the teams met in an ODI series in 2020.
1st ODI: September 20th @ Headingley, Leeds – 11:30 AM GMT | 12:30 PM LOCAL | 5 PM IST
2nd ODI: September 23 – England vs Ireland, Trent Bridge, Nottingham – 10:00 AM GMT | 11:00 AM LOCAL | 3:30 PM IST
3rd ODI: September 26 – England vs Ireland, County Ground, Bristol – 1:30 AM GMT | 12:30 PM LOCAL | 5 PM IST
England: Zak Crawley (captain), Rehan Ahmed, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Ben Duckett, Sam Hain, Will Jack, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Phil Salt, George Scrimshaw, Jamie Smith, Luke Wood
Ireland: Paul Stirling (captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young
New Zealand in Bangladesh
Capping off a rather forgettable Asia Cup campaign with a last-game win over eventual champions India, a much-changed Bangladesh hosts a second string New Zealand in a 3-match ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Both teams have rested key players with Litton Das captaining Bangladesh in the first 2 ODIs and Lockie Ferguson the Kiwis for all 3.
Bangladesh have rested Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taskin Ahmed for the first 2 games but have the experience of Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar and Nurul Hasan Sohan shoring up the team. 3 uncapped players – southpaw Zakir Hasan, pacer Khaled Ahmed and leg-spinner Rishad Hossain also make the 15-man squad.
New Zealand have rested Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, wicketkeepers Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips, all-rounders Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner, pacers Matt Henry and Tim Southee while an uncapped Dean Foxcroft makes the squad.
1st ODI: Thursday, September 21st @ Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
2nd ODI: Saturday, September 23rd @ Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
3rd ODI: Tuesday, September 26th @ Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
ALL GAMES @ 8 AM GMT | 2 PM LOCAL | 1:30 PM IST
Bangladesh Squad for first two ODIs: Litton Das (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan, Tanzid Hasan, Zakir Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Khaled Ahmed.
New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson (captain), Finn Allen, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Chad Bowes, Dane Cleaver, Dean Foxcroft, Kyle Jamieson, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young.