The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially unveiled the complete schedule for the highly anticipated fifty-over World Cup, set to take place entirely in India for the first time in history. The announcement has sparked excitement among cricket enthusiasts worldwide, as the world’s top ten teams prepare to compete for the prestigious title.
The tournament is scheduled to commence on October 5, with an intense clash between England and New Zealand. Cricket fans are eagerly anticipating this exhilarating showdown, as both teams have consistently showcased their prowess on the field. The opening match is expected to set the tone for the thrilling competition that lies ahead.
India, the host nation, will kickstart their World Cup campaign on October 8 against Australia. This encounter promises to be a high-octane battle, capturing the attention of cricket enthusiasts across the globe. The rivalry between the two teams has always produced intense and memorable matches, and this encounter is anticipated to be no different.
One of the most anticipated fixtures of the tournament is the much-awaited Indo-Pak clash. After much speculation and suspense, it has been confirmed that India and Pakistan will face off on October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The historic rivalry between these neighboring nations adds an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the match, making it a must-watch for cricket fans worldwide.
Prior to the release of the schedule, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had raised objections regarding playing in Gujarat, particularly at the Narendra Modi Stadium. However, both the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) disregarded these concerns. In recent developments, PCB officials have stated that they are awaiting government clearance for their team’s participation in the World Cup. The PCB will inform the ICC once they receive instructions from the Pakistan government.
“We can’t say yes as we require the government’s clearance to send our team to India. We await instructions from the government after the schedule is released. As soon as we hear from the Pakistan government, we will inform the ICC about the same. We are in the position as two weeks back when we had requested the ICC to change the venues for our two games,” said PCB’s Communications Director, Sami Ul Hasan.
ICC has definitely released the schedule of ODI World Cup 2023 but PCB is yet to receive no objection certificate from their Government and if political barrier will come across in the participation of Pakistan team in World Cup then ICC will have to face a huge loss, not only ICC, but every cricket fans will miss the epic battle of India and Pakistan.