On the same day MS Dhoni launched Nuwan Kulasekara’s delivery into the stands to win the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the ICC has unveiled the brand identity of the 2023 ODI World Cup which will be hosted by India, centered around the emotions of the game's many fans.
The 2023 edition of the mega ICC event will be played from October-November in India with the opening match on October 5 and the final set to be played in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Six months out from the flagship men's ODI event, the World Cup logo design celebrates the 'Navarasa', nine emotions the game's audiences experience during the high-stakes action.
A term in Indian theatre, the 'Navarasa' has been reimagined in a cricketing context, using symbols and color to depict the emotions fans feel while living the drama and excitement of a World Cup match: joy, power, anguish, respect, pride, bravery, glory, wonder and passion, feelings which represent the reactions that a Cricket World Cup evokes.
India captain Rohit Sharma says his side will channel the excitement and expectation as the prepare for their home stand.
“With six months to go until the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 the excitement is really starting to build. Playing a World Cup on home soil is every player’s dream, even more so as captain and I can’t wait for it to start. The Men’s Cricket World Cup is a very special event for everyone involved in cricket and we will be doing everything over the next few months to prepare as best we can to give us the greatest chance to lift the trophy,” Rohit Sharma was quoted by ICC.
On the other hand, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that marking the 2011 victory is important for acknowledging its "long-lasting impact" on the country.
“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and creating a memorable event for fans both in India and around the world. We cannot wait until October to see world class cricket on show in the pinnacle event of the one-day game and for India to host an incredible spectacle,” he said.
Seven of the ten teams are confirmed qualifiers for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. The eighth spot will be taken by the eighth-placed finisher of the Cricket World Cup Super League, with the final two decided by the Cricket World Cup Qualifier in June and July.
ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice says excitement is building.
"We are delighted to reveal the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 brand, showcasing the raw emotion and enjoyment that cricket brings to fans across the world through the Navarasa. We have an exciting six months ahead of us as we build up to deliver the biggest Cricket World Cup ever," as quoted by ICC.