The highly anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has been rescheduled to take place on October 14 instead of its original date of October 15, as announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday. The match will still be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.This change comes after objections were raised by three Full Member countries, along with concerns regarding security on the first day of Navratri.
9 matches changed
The original schedule had been revealed a month prior, bringing relief to fans worldwide. However, following these concerns, the ICC decided to revise the schedule to accommodate the requests from participating ICC member boards.In addition to the India–Pakistan match, eight other matches in the World Cup have also seen changes. India’s last group-stage match against the Netherlands, which was initially scheduled for November 11, has been shifted to November 12 and will be held in Bengaluru. The England vs Afghanistan fixture has been moved from Saturday, October 14, to Sunday, October 15.Other changes include Pakistan’s match against Sri Lanka, which has been moved from October 12 to October 10, and Australia’s match against South Africa, which will now be played on October 12 instead of October 13.New Zealand’s game against Bangladesh, originally scheduled as a day match for October 14 in Chennai, has been rescheduled to October 13 and will now be played as a day-night contest.
The ICC’s decision to revise the schedule was made after a meeting with the ten staging associations, during which BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated that requests for changes were received from 2-3 ICC member boards. Shah clarified that the rescheduling of the India-Pakistan match was not due to security concerns.These changes aim to ensure a smooth and secure World Cup while addressing the concerns raised by participating member boards. The revised schedule ensures that the matches remain exciting for fans while maintaining the competitive spirit of the tournament.As fans eagerly await the World Cup, these revisions to the schedule serve as a reminder of the complexities involved in organizing a global sporting event and the efforts made to accommodate the needs of all stakeholders.With the new schedule in place, cricket enthusiasts can look forward to an action-packed tournament that showcases the talent and competitiveness of teams from around the world.