ODI World Cup 2023: ICC team in India for doing a recce of all World Cup venues – Report

ODI World Cup 2023: ICC team in India for doing a recce of all World Cup venues - Report
ODI World Cup 2023: ICC team in India for doing a recce of all World Cup venues - Report

ODI World Cup 2023: ICC team in India for doing a recce of all World Cup venues – Report

ODI World Cup 2023: A reconnaissance team from the International Cricket Council (ICC) is currently in India to conduct inspections of all 12 venues that are designated to host the Men’s ODI World Cup matches, which also includes the venues for the warm-up games.

At this time, significant upgradation work is underway at all 12 venues in preparation for the highly anticipated mega event, scheduled to take place from October 5 to November 19.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, the ICC team, comprising experts in security, events, and broadcast, carried out an assessment of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on July 25. Presently, the team is evaluating the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which will have the honor of hosting the tournament’s opening match, the India-Pakistan clash, and the grand finale.

“They are extremely happy with our planning; the only thing left to address from our side is the ticketing issue. We have called an Apex Council meeting on Monday to decide on pricing. And we will inform the BCCI accordingly,” Amol Kale, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president, was quoted as saying in the report.

After Mumbai, the ICC team went to assess the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on July 26.

ODI World Cup 2023: ICC team in India for doing a recce of all World Cup venues – Report

“They seemed satisfied with our facilities. We look forward to hearing from them if they have anything in mind. They will write to us,” a Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) official quoted as saying in the report.

Afterward, on July 27, the ICC team proceeded to the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. And on July 28, they visited the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

According to the report, a member of the Kerala Cricket Association mentioned that the reconnaissance team provided suggestions for a few modifications to be made to the corporate boxes and player areas at the Greenfield International Stadium. However, no apparent issues identified during the assessment of the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Next, on July 31, the ICC team scheduled to travel to Hyderabad. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), under the supervision of a Supreme Court-appointed administrator, has been actively working on the stadium to ensure it meets the required standards for the upcoming World Cup.

“They will be visiting us soon, and we are eager to hear their suggestions,” said an HCA official.

Afterward, the ICC team will proceed with their inspections in Delhi, Dharamsala, Lucknow, Kolkata, and Guwahati. Before concluding their tour in Pune within a week. Throughout their visits, the team is being accompanied by Dhiraj Malhotra. He is the tournament director/host liaison officer from the ICC, responsible for the World Cup.

According to the report, the primary focus of the ICC team’s advice has been on operational matters. Particularly regarding the requirements within the stadiums and their surroundings.

“Besides security within the stadium, the ICC has been collaborating with the hosts on the Player and Match Official Areas (PMOA) as well as on the needs of the broadcasters,” it concluded.

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