Even though the International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently announced the revised schedule for the 2023 World Cup in India. Now reports are coming in that the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) is apprehensive about hosting consecutive games in the tournament. Putting together the schedule for the 2023 World Cup has created quite an embarrassment for the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
While the official announcement was delayed, even the original schedule has changed, with nine games being rescheduled. As per the revised schedule, Hyderabad will host back-to-back games on October 9 and October 10. The first game will be between New Zealand and the Netherlands and the second between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The latter match was originally scheduled to be played on 12 October but was rescheduled after Pakistan’s tie against India was moved from 15 October to 14 October.
According to The Indian Express, the HCA has written to the BCCI requesting them to keep a gap between the two matches to be held on two consecutive days. The report claimed that the Hyderabad Police has raised concerns over the security it will provide for the World Cup 2023 Games for several days in a row.
The Hyderabad Police informed the HCA that they would not be able to handle the frequent games and the security arrangements it required, especially with one of the games involving Pakistan.
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There Is No Possibility Of Change In The Schedule Of World Cup 2023
Though the HCA might have sought some time off from the BCCI between the two matches, their request is unlikely to be met. Tickets for the World Cup are set to go on sale from August 25 and any change in the schedule would once again throw the system into complete disarray. As per the current situation, fans and experts are disappointed with the delay in releasing the schedule and the way things are progressing in the preparations for the World Cup.
The crucial India-Pakistan match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad has been postponed by a day due to the Navratri festival. Due to Kali Puja, the date of the Pakistan-England match at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens has been changed from 12 November to 11 November. Coming to Hyderabad, before hosting World Cup games on consecutive days, they will also host the Pakistan vs. Netherlands match on 6 October.