It’s time for the big one: 2023 World Cup preview

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It’s time for the big one: 2023 World Cup preview

We preview the 2023 World Cup – the muted build-up, BCCI apathy, and how the conditions could play such a big role in how some teams progress. Could South Africa or New Zealand finally win the big prize? Can Pakistan overcome their spin-bowling drawbacks. Can Bangladesh make the semi-final? Or will India be too strong when playing at home?

Talking points: 

  • Is this the most tepid build-up for an ODI World Cup?
  • Why can’t the BCCI be nice to anybody?
  • A World Cup that could be won between overs 15 and 40
  • South Africa’s challenge on bowler-friendly pitches
  • New Zealand’s highly experienced side
  • The “Pakistan problem” that Pakistan, England, and Australia confront
  • India’s No.8 problem – with Axar injury giving Ashwin a chance
  • The importance of Hardik Pandya to India’s plans
  • Why Bangladesh have a serious chance if conditions favor spin


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