ICC World Cup: International Cricket Council (ICC) has extracted the schedule for the venue where the matches will be held, approximately 48 matches will be played over 10 venues in India, starting from 5th October 2023 onwards to November 19. The location for the event was decided on Tuesday, 27th June.
The grand event will begin with the match between the previous ICC trophy winner England and Runners-up New Zealand at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The same place will also hold an intense rivalry match between India and Pakistan on October 15th. The Majestic Finale will also be hosted in the same venue.
The ICC World Cup will be held in nine additional locations, namely Hyderabad, Dharamshala, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata. The last two cities mentioned will hold the semi-finals on November 15th and 16th, respectively.
The Schedule for the venue was postponed due to the conflicts that arose with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Disappointment Blazed As Many Cricket Centers are Excluded From Organizing A Match
According to News Agency PTI, major cricket centers are dismayed at not getting an opportunity to conduct a World Cup match at their venues.
Some notable cricket grounds such as Indore, Mohali, Rajkot and Nagpur are among many which are left out. Prominently, Mohali organized the 2011 ODI World Cup-semi final between India and Pakistan.
Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Stated amidst the controversy that he is delighted as the World Cup is coming to India, but the cricket arena which is ranked in the top five venues in the country, has not got a single match of the ICC World Cup, even the neighborhood Dharamshala has been provided with Five matches but Mohali the famous cricket venue is excluded, which saddens him, thus they will raise this issue with the BCCI.
Indore, a famous cricket ground was also given the cold-shoulders by BCCI as they were also neglected. Indore’s Holkar Stadium hosted the third test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in March this year. Thus, Abhilash Khandekar, President of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association said that Indore has conducted several key matches like the game between Australia and New Zealand in 1987, and Indore also has a great cricketing history, thus it is incredibly unjust to bar them.
BCCI Responds To All The Controversies
BCCI mentions that there has been no discrimination or biases shown regarding politics while selecting the venues for the World Cup 2023. Rajeev Shukla, BCCI Vice-President broke the silence and stated that Mohali or other grounds which are excluded were not meeting the ICC standards thus that’s why they were rejected, all the bilateral games will be played in Mohali and even the 100th Test match of Virat Kohli were given to them thus no inequality has been displayed.
Shukla additionally mentioned that several new locations have been provided with the opportunity to host the ICC World Cup 2023. For example, Lucknow and Guwahati in Uttar Pradesh have previously been overlooked, but this time they will have the chance to organize a match. Furthermore, numerous cricket centres from the southern region have also been included.
Shukla further stated that the venue decision is not merely in the hands of BCCI, it is finalized by the ICC, thus anyone who is objecting should realize that BCCI also needs consent from the ICC while choosing these venues.