Last Update on: August 20th, 2023 at 10:55 am
The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) reportedly requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to change the schedule of the much-awaited ODI World Cup 2023. The HCA informed the BCCI that they can’t host back-to-back matches in the upcoming edition of the World Cup.
As per The Indian Express, the Hyderabad state board has written a letter to the BCCI, requesting a gap between two matches that are currently planned to be held on consecutive days. The Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal is slated to host back-to-back matches on October 9 and the following day.
Hyderabad Cricket Association Requests BCCI To Change Schedule
The New Zealand-Netherlands match in the World Cup will take place on October 9 in Hyderabad. The Pakistan and Sri Lanka match in the event will be played on the subsequent day. The Pakistan-Sri Lanka encounter was initially scheduled for October 12, but it was preponed in the final schedule.
The Hyderabad Police expressed concerns about security due to the lack of a gap between the two matches. The local police mentioned that they can’t provide security for consecutive games. This match was rescheduled to give Pakistan more recovery time before the match against the Indian team.
Nine World Cup Matches Rescheduled On August 9
India will host the ODI World Cup between October 5 and November 19, marking the first 50-over tournament fully played in India. The BCCI released the schedule of the marquee event on June 27. However, the BCCI rescheduled nine games for August 9, including the India-Pakistan encounter.
The India-Pakistan match was rescheduled to October 14 due to a conflict with the first day of Navratri in Ahmedabad. The England-Pakistan game was shifted to November 11 because of Kali Puja in Kolkata. India’s match against the Netherlands in the World Cup was also rescheduled to November 12.