2023 ODI world cup
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah informed on Thursday that a change in schedule of the ODI World Cup slated for later this year is likely after three boards wrote to the ICC requesting for a schedule change. He also informed that only the date and timings of the matches will be changed with a view to reduce the gap to 4-5 days. The BCCI secretary did not announce the name of ICC full members who requested for a schedule change.
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After the meeting with the associations hosting the World Cup games on Thursday, Shah mentioned that three members have reached out to the ICC to request a modification in the schedule. The proposed changes only involve altering the dates and timings of the games, while the venues will remain the same. The aim is to reduce the duration between games from six days to 4-5 days. Shah expects a clearer picture to emerge within the next three to four days, and any changes will be made in collaboration with the ICC.
Earlier information indicated that the anticipated India-Pakistan conflict, set for 15 October, could potentially be rescheduled because of the ongoing Navaratri festivities in Ahmedabad and the increased workload on security personnel, who are already stretched thin. Initially, there were suggestions of playing the match on 14 October, but that seems improbable due to the existing scheduling of two matches on that day.
When questioned regarding the India-Pakistan clash, Jay Shah mentioned that only a few cricket boards have sent letters to the ICC, and a decision will be made shortly. He also expressed that there are no concerns about the security for the India-Pakistan match in Ahmedabad.
The BCCI and ICC had jointly announced the schedule for the ODI World Cup last month and the subsequent changes to the schedule could have a domino effect. As per the earlier schedule, India will play their first match against Australia in Chennai on 8 October. A total of 48 matches will be played at the 10 selected venues between 5 October and 19 November.