Fans will be eagerly waiting for the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup, set to be held in India this year in October-November. In addition, India is hosting the main competition for the first time in its whole after jointly hosting it with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2011 and winning the final against the Lankans.

Team India will enter as the favorite, and being the hosts will support their goals even more. However, Rohit Sharma and the company entered the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup last year as favorites, so previous mistakes may come back to haunt them. Team India lost to eventual victors England in the T20 World Cup semifinals, and in addition to failing to win the Asia Cup, they also failed to advance.

The seasoned Indian spinner offered some suggestions to the World Cup organizers on YouTube for reducing the effect of the dew factor in games. The third edition of the current three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka will be played on Sunday. In the second ODI, the hosts won 2-0 to seal the series. Ashwin used the first ODI as an example, “India played excellent batting on a sluggish surface, posting a total far over average. Still, they had to struggle valiantly to prevail. If you chance to lose the toss, dew will help to close the gap between the teams’ relative strengths.”

He went on to say, “Looking at the locations and timings of our games during the World Cup is my advice — or rather, my view. Why shouldn’t games at the World Cup begin at 11.30 am?”

Given that beginning matches early may result in lower audience numbers, the broadcasters may find it more difficult to preplan match times. But according to Ashwin, regardless of the time, people would still watch the games, as seen by the T20 World Cup from the previous year. “People will mention television viewers and broadcasters and claim that viewers won’t tune in and watch at that time, but would they not tune in to World Cup matches? To prioritize the summer [for Australia’s domestic bilateral season], the most recent T20 World Cup was also hosted in the winter. It wasn’t the best situation since T20 is a very fast-paced game. People would argue that Australia is an exception, but we should still give World Cups priority “he said.

“The ICC is well aware that there would be dew, so let’s start the match earlier. If we kick off at 11.30 am, the dew element won’t affect the match, and why not? All cricket fans won’t put the World Cup first and tune in to games at 11.30, right?”