The ICC unveiled the logo of the upcoming 2023 World Cup on April 2, the same day the MS Dhoni-led Indian team won over Sri Lanka to lift the ICC trophy in 2011. Six months out from the premier men’s ODI event, Cricket World Cup has been developed with ‘Navarasa’, the nine emotions spectators of the game experience during the high-stakes action.
“‘Navarasa’, a term in Indian theatre, is re-imagined in the context of cricket, using symbols and colors to represent the emotions fans feel in the drama and excitement of a World Cup match: joy, power pain, honour, pride, bravery, pride, wonder and passion, emotions that represent the response that a Cricket World Cup generates,” it said in a statement. India skipper Rohit Sharma says his team will be showing enthusiasm and expectations as they 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 at home is every player’s dream, even more so as a captain and I can’t wait for it to begin. The Men’s Cricket World Cup is a very special event for everyone involved with cricket and we will do everything possible over the next few months to prepare at our best so that we can get the biggest chance of lifting the trophy,” said Sharma.
For BCCI secretary Jay Shah, marking the 2011 victory is important to acknowledge its “long-lasting impact” on the country, though hopes this year’s event will add new memories. “The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and making it an event to remember for fans in India and across the world. We can’t wait until October to see world-class cricket at its peak schedule of the one-day game and to watch India put on an incredible spectacle,” as quoted by the ICC.
To celebrate the achievement of 12 years, ICC digital collectibles partner Fancrase will gift MS Dhoni his Navrasa-themed ‘Glory’ digital collectible. Seven of the ten teams are qualifiers for the 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 being decided by the Cricket World Cup qualifiers in June and July. As teams battle it out for the last three spots, ICC chief executive Geoff Allardyce says excitement is running high. “We are delighted to unveil the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 brand, which captures the raw emotion and joy of cricket for fans around the world through Navarasa.”