ODI World Cup 2023: CAB requests BCCI to reschedule England vs Pakistan match to be held at Eden Gardens

ODI World Cup 2023: CAB requests BCCI to reschedule England vs Pakistan match to be held at Eden Gardens
ODI World Cup 2023: CAB requests BCCI to reschedule England vs Pakistan match to be held at Eden Gardens

ODI World Cup 2023: CAB requests BCCI to reschedule England vs Pakistan match to be held at Eden Gardens

ODI World Cup 2023: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to change the date of the England vs Pakistan ODI World Cup match originally scheduled to take place at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on November 12. ESPNCricinfo reported on Saturday that November 11 proposed as the replacement date.

The reason for this change is due to the city police informing CAB about their anticipation of heightened security concerns for the match, particularly because Pakistan will be participating. This attributed to the fact that November 12 marks one of the most significant Hindu festivals in the region, Kalipujo.

CAB officials had a meeting with the city police authorities, where they informed about the law-and-order issues on the festive day. Subsequently, the board wrote to BCCI secretary Jay Shah, formally requesting the date change.

Earlier, the Ahmedabad police faced a similar situation when they couldn’t provide security for the India vs. Pakistan game on October 15, as it coincided with the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navaratri in Gujarat. As a result, the match reportedly changed to October 14.

Shah explained that date changes for this match and other games were necessary. Because some cricketing boards expressed concerns about traveling between matches, which would reduce practice time.

Organizing both a significant religious event and a major cricket match on the same day poses challenges for the Kolkata police, prompting the request for a change in schedule.

In 2011, during the last ODI World Cup held in the region, Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium deemed inadequate to host the India vs England match, leading to three games without India held at the venue.

To avoid relocating the highly anticipated England vs Pakistan game to another location. CAB officials have also reached out to Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal.

As per the original schedule, Eden Gardens set to host matches between Netherlands and Bangladesh on October 28. Bangladesh and Pakistan on October 31, and India and South Africa on November 5. The match between England and Pakistan initially scheduled for November 12. With the second semifinal taking place at the iconic stadium on November 16.

These changes to the schedule, occurring just two months before the World Cup begins on October 5. That come after several delays in announcing the original schedule. That eventually released by ICC and BCCI with just 100 days remaining before the tournament. In contrast, the schedules for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. And the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand released more than 12 months in advance.

The tournament will kick off with a match between defending champions England and 2019 finalists New Zealand in Ahmedabad. However, there has been no announcement yet regarding ticket sales by BCCI and ICC.

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