The 13th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup attracted a record-breaking attendance of 1.25 million fans. The tournament, which concluded with Australia beating hosts India for their sixth title, took place from October 5 to November 19 in venues across India and Pakistan.
The initial matches not involving runners-up India had plenty of empty seats in stadiums, but overall spectator figures had already surpassed the one million mark with six games to go. This was despite concerns about ticket availability and prices in some venues.
ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley described the one-day international (ODI) tournament as a “great success,” praising the enduring appeal of cricket and the excitement offered by the ODI format. He also noted that the tournament broke multiple broadcast and digital viewership records, demonstrating its global reach and popularity.
Overall, the 2023 World Cup was a testament to the enduring passion for cricket around the world, attracting millions of fans to stadiums and living rooms alike.