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The newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf is all set to push for Pakistan’s World Cup matches to be played at neutral venues at the ICC meetings in Durban. The development was confirmed by Inter-Provincial Coordination (Sports), Ahsan Mazari. 

Zaka Ashraf and the PCB chief operating officer, Salman Taseer are in Durban to attend the ICC meeting and it is learned that they will put forward the issue in the meeting and will also discuss India’s refusal to send its team to Pakistan citing security reasons. 

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Pakistan’s participation at the World Cup 2023 is one of the hot soups of the cricketing World of late. The PCB has mentioned that they will travel to India for the World Cup only after government gives them clearance for the event. 

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But the response from the government hasn’t been great as they have said that they will not allow the Pakistan team to travel to India as they too didn’t agree to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. PM Shehbaz Sharif recently set up a high-profile committee to discuss the team’s participation in the World Cup in India. 

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“Zaka Ashraf will bring up the issue of why can’t Pakistan’s matches in the World Cup be played at neutral venues when the Indian team can’t travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. I want our World Cup matches at neutral venues if India doesn’t want to send its team to Pakistan for Asia Cup. If they have security problems in Pakistan according to the Indian board, then we can also question the security situation in India,” said Ahsan Mazari as quoted by PTI. 

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ICC World Cup 2023: Pakistan’s schedule for the ICC World Cup

Here’s Pakistan’s schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

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October 6: Pakistan vs Netherlands at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad
October 12: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad
October 15: Pakistan vs India at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad
October 20: Pakistan vs Australia at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru
October 23: Pakistan vs Afghanistan at Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai
October 27: Pakistan vs South Africa at Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai
October 31: Pakistan vs Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata
November 4: Pakistan vs New Zealand at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru
November 12: Pakistan vs England at Eden Gardens in Kolkata

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