Sourav Ganguly hopeful for Pakistan-India semi-final in World Cup

Pakistan and India will meet at group stage on October 15 in Ahmedabad

By Web Desk
July 08, 2023
Pakistan and India during T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia - ICC

Former Indian Test cricketer Sourav Ganguly picked five teams who have the potential to qualify for the semi-finals in this year's World Cup to be held in India. 

Speaking to an Indian YouTube channel, Ganguly said it's difficult to predict but he will choose five teams who he thinks can qualify for the knockout stage of the mega event in October-November this year. 

"It’s very hard to say. Australia, England, India. You can never underestimate New Zealand in these big matches. I will pick five, and include Pakistan also. Pakistan better qualify so that we will have the India-Pakistan semi-final at the Eden Gardens,” he said.

Pakistan will start their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands in Hyderabad on October 6. The opening match of the event will be played between defending champions England and 2019 World Cup finalists New Zealand on October 5. 

Here is Pakistan's schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023:

October 6 - vs Netherlands in Hyderabad

October 12 - vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad

October 15 - vs India in Ahmedabad

October 20 - vs Australia in Bengaluru

October 23 - vs Afghanistan in Chennai

October 27 - vs South Africa in Chennai

October 31 - vs Bangladesh in Kolkata

November 4 - vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)

November 12 - vs England in Kolkata

The day matches which will start at 10:00am Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30pm (PST).

If Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Kolkata.

If India qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Mumbai unless playing against Pakistan, in which case they will play in Kolkata.

The Cricket World Cup will be played in the round-robin format with all teams playing against each other for a total of 45 league matches.

The top four teams will qualify for the semifinals, which will be held in Mumbai on November 15 and in Kolkata on November 16. The semi-finals and the final will have reserve days.