The schedule for the ICC 2023 ODI World Cup was released on June 27 in the presence of ICC and BCCI officials during an event in Mumbai. With this, it is clearly visible that India will start its campaign against the five-times champions Australia on October 8 in Chennai.
Earlier this month, BCCI provided a preliminary schedule to the teams involved in this cup. As per the draft schedule, Pakistan was scheduled to play against Australia in Bengaluru and Afghanistan in Chennai. However, Pakistan Cricket Board was not satisfied by the schedule and they asked to change the venue which was denied by ICC and BCCI.
While talking in an interview, former Pakistan wicket-keeper batter Kamran Akmal has said that Pakistan Cricket should stop making excuses regarding the venue change. He has said that it will create a bad impact for Pakistan.
“Conditions, venues shouldn’t be a concern for teams anymore. These things shouldn’t happen in international cricket. Today, India beat Australia, South Africa, New Zealand on their own turf. We shouldn’t be making excuses like why we are playing against Afghanistan in Chennai, or India in Ahmedabad. Your focus should be on cricket only,” Akmal said during an interview with paktv.tv.
He further stated,“It’s my request to board members, stop doing making such low-standard requests. The level of international cricket has advanced now. Players should be proud of their achievements, they should know what the fans and the board expect from them. You shouldn’t say such things and instead pull down the level of your cricket.”
Not only this, PCB also raised concerns over the India and Pakistan high voltage clash set to happen in Ahmedabad on October 15.