More than one million attend ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India

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Over one million fans have now attended the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India according to organisers, with the tournament set to become one of the most attended events in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) history. 

With just six more games to go, the millionth fan entered the turnstiles during the match between Afghanistan and South Africa at the 132,000-capacity Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The upcoming semi-finals are set to take place on November 15 and 16, followed by the final on November 19.

Fans had questioned attendances during the early stages of the Cricket World Cup, with stadiums appearing relatively empty for the One Day International (ODI) format.

The improvement to reach over a million in attendance will be a relief to organisers.

“With over one million attendees and record-breaking viewership, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has reminded cricket fans around the world of the support and interest in the ODI format that highlights how much world cup cricket is valued,” said ICC head of events, Chris Tetley.

“As we look ahead to the knockout stages, we look forward to this event breaking more records and showcasing the best about cricket in one day.”

The first semi-final will be contested by hosts India and New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, while South Africa will face Australia the following day at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

The final will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium.