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BCCI to Hyderabad: No World Cup Schedule Changes

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BCCI to Hyderabad: No World Cup Schedule Changes

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Just a day after the HCA requested the change in schedule for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, the Indian cricket board has officially turned down the request made. The HCA had asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to adjust the schedule due to concerns from local police about having enough personnel available for back-to-back match days.

After a meeting between BCCI secretary Jay Shah and HCA officials in Delhi following the Asia Cup team selection meeting, it was firmly communicated that no further changes would be considered. This decision came after a revised schedule had already been released on August 9. BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla had indicated earlier that alterations to the schedule were unlikely.

/Quote “BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah held a meeting with HCA officials in Delhi after the Asia Cup team selection meeting (for which the secretary is convenor) and the state unit was categorically told that no changes would be entertained after a revised schedule was issued on August 9,”


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The original schedule for the World Cup, which was initially announced on June 27 in Mumbai, underwent several changes affecting the dates and times of nine matches, notably the much-anticipated match between India and Pakistan. Originally set for October 15, the India-Pakistan match was moved up to October 14 due to coinciding with the first day of Navratra. This change also led to the rescheduling of Pakistan’s game against Sri Lanka from October 11 to October 10 in Hyderabad. Additionally, Hyderabad was selected as the venue for the match between the Netherlands and New Zealand on October 9.

In response to these changes, local police authorities suggested having at least a day’s gap between the two matches scheduled in Hyderabad. However, this would have required moving the New Zealand vs. Netherlands game to October 8. Such a change would have put considerable pressure on the teams, and both countries would likely not have agreed to it.
New Zealand’s opening game against England is on October 5 in Ahmedabad, and the next day they are supposed to travel to Hyderabad. In this case, they would only have one training session on October 7.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands kick off their campaign against Pakistan on October 6 in Hyderabad, and moving their match up by a day would mean they’d have to play again on October 8, leaving no time for recovery. It’s unlikely that either the International Cricket Council (ICC) or the cricket boards of New Zealand (NZC) and the Netherlands (known as KNCB) would have accepted this request.


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