Reports: BCCI Preparing Flat Pitch Against Pakistan, Spin Friendly Track Against England, And A Sluggish Pitch Against Australia

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the schedule for the 2023 ODI World Cup, set to be held in India later this year. The tournament will span from October 5 to November 19, featuring matches across 10 venues over a 46-day period. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune will host the fixtures. The tournament will follow a round-robin format, with each team playing against the other nine teams.

India will kick off their ODI World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The venue is currently undergoing renovation, including the installation of LED lights and the addition of two red-soil pitches.

The highly anticipated match between India and Pakistan will take place on October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The historic venue is known for low-scoring matches due to its black-soil pitches, which offer low bounce and slowness.

On October 29, the Ekana Stadium will host a significant match featuring the hosts, India, and the defending champions. Although India has not played a full 50-over game at this venue, they previously faced South Africa in a rain-affected 40-over match, which they lost.

Ahmedabad’s black-soil pitch is expected to favor spinners, while the presence of dew in the early part of winter adds an element of uncertainty. India will rely on their spin bowlers for their match against England, who perform well on flat pitches in ODIs.

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