The India-Pakistan game, initially scheduled for October 15 as per the ICC schedule, has been rescheduled to October 14 for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Although the ICC has yet to release a revised plan, it is expected to be announced by the end of this week.
C2D cricket info has learned that the PCB has agreed to the proposed change. The match will continue to take place in Ahmedabad.
The change in date for the World Cup’s biggest clash impacts Pakistan’s upcoming match against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad.
The venue for the game remains unchanged, but the date has been rescheduled from October 12 to October 10. This adjustment allows Pakistan to have a suitable gap between the two matches.
According to reports, there was a need to change the schedule due to a conflict with the original date for the India-Pakistan fixture.
This date coincided with the first day of the Hindu festival of Navaratri. Local police expressed concerns about ensuring sufficient security on that day.
A few days ago, the ICC sent a letter to the PCB regarding the proposed changes. Subsequently, the PCB agreed to the suggested modifications.
Contrary to speculation, BCCI secretary Jay Shah clarified that the clash with Navaratri did not motivate the schedule change.
Last week, he mentioned that several Full Member countries had requested modifications to the World Cup schedule and assured several adjustments would be implemented.
The rescheduling of the India-Pakistan match will likely affect other games and teams. On October 14, two exciting matches will be scheduled for cricket fans.
The first match will occur in Chennai, where Bangladesh will face off against New Zealand. Meanwhile, in Delhi, Afghanistan will be competing against England. The second game will likely be impacted and may be played a day earlier, on October 13.
The schedule changes for the ODI World Cup, which is two months away, have been made due to the significant delay in the original plan.
The BCCI and the ICC finally released it at the end of June, just 100 days before the tournament’s start.
The fixtures for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales and the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand were released over a year before the tournaments took place.
The tournament is set to commence on October 5, featuring a match between reigning champions England and New Zealand in Ahmedabad.
However, the ICC and the BCCI have yet to disclose the date for the commencement of ticket sales.