The International Cricket Cup (ICC) 2023 ODI World Cup schedule will be revised after “several Full Member countries” objected, according to BCCI secretary Jay Shah. These developments come a month after the BCCI and ICC released the tournament’s anticipated schedule for the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5.
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Indian media reported Saturday that the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had requested the ICC recce team to reschedule the November 12 Pakistan-England match date because of Kali Puja. A massive police force will patrol the city during Kali Puja, West Bengal’s second-most significant event.
The government couldn’t send security to Eden Gardens. CAB President Snehasish Ganguly denied sending the request. But senior CAB officials told Indian media that Kolkata Police highlighted a security issue. India-Pakistan match fell on the first day of Navratri. It is a Gujarati festival celebrated by millions, media reports last week suggested a change. Security services asked the BCCI to change the itinerary due to insufficient security for the festival.
Snehasish, the elder brother of former BCCI president and India captain Sourav Ganguly, said: “We have not yet got anything officially from the Kolkata Police.”
“Unless we get something officially, we can’t inform the ICC. The security issue is being taken care of by the Kolkata Police. That is not our lookout. As I said, we have not got anything officially; if we get anything, we will inform ICC.”
A senior CAB office-bearer said: “Kolkata Police has cited concerns to provide security for the match slated on Diwali.
“We have informed the ICC and BCCI to reschedule it. Also, if it does not happen we would inform this to the the chief minister.”
“If security was an issue, why would the match go there [to Ahmedabad]? [October] 14-15 is not the problem. Two or three boards have written in, asking to change based on the logistical challenges.
“There are some matches where there is only a two-day gap, so it will be difficult to play and then travel next day [and then play again],” Shah said after a BCCI meeting in Delhi on Thursday.