ICC ODI World Cup 2023: ODI World 2023 is to be played in the hosting of India. The official schedule of the tournament has not been announced yet. According to reports, in the released draft schedule, Pakistan has to play matches against Afghanistan at M Chidambaram ie Chepauk Stadium in Chennai and against Australia in Bangalore.
There was a request from Pakistan to change the venue of the matches played against Australia and Afghanistan. That is, Pakistan wanted to play the match against Afghanistan in Bangalore and against Australia in Chennai, but this could not happen. According to news agency PTI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rejected Pakistan’s request.
Confirming this to PTI, a BCCI source said that there is no expectation of any change regarding the venue in the World Cup. Therefore, Pakistan will have to play the match against Afghanistan at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai only.
Why was Pakistan not wanting to play against Afghanistan in Chennai?
If reports are to be believed, the Pakistan team did not want to play on the Chennai spin friendly wicket because Afghanistan has world class spinners like Rashid Khan. Apart from Rashid Khan in the Afghanistan team, there are also some great spinners like Noor, who can easily trap the Pakistan team on the Chennai pitch.
Why is there a delay in the World Cup schedule?
According to reports, the BCCI has drafted the schedule for the mega tournament, but due to Pakistan, there is a delay in releasing the schedule. According to the draft schedule, the league match of the tournament between India and Pakistan will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 15, but Pakistan is not ready to play the league match at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Now it will be interesting to see where the league match between India and Pakistan will be played.
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