India vs Pakistan ODI World Cup 2023 Match Likely To Be Rescheduled, As Per Report. Here’s Why

The original schedule for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 has the highly-anticipated India vs Pakistan clash scheduled for October 15 in Ahmedabad. However, the fixture is reportedly likely to be rescheduled as the date also marks the beginning of the Navaratri festival in the state. Considering the extent to which the Navaratri is celebrated in Ahmedabad and the whole of Gujarat, the security agencies said to have expressed concerns over logistical issues. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), hence, is reportedly looking to restructure the itinerary despite the fact that the tickets for the high-profile match have already been sold out.

“We are mulling the options that we have and a decision will be taken soon. We have been told by the security agencies that a high-profile game like India vs Pakistan, for which thousands of travelling fans are expected to reach Ahmedabad, should be avoided since they will be stretched because of Navratri,” a top BCCI official told The Indian Express on the condition of anonymity.

In a case where the BCCI does decide to change the schedule, a huge logistical nightmare awaits fans who didn’t waste time in booking their tickets for the match, confirming their travel plans. Making the most of the opportunity, even hotels in Ahmedabad increased their prices in a bid to make the most of the cricketing craze that will engulf the city on and around October 15. However, if the date or venue is changed, huge chaos could be on the horizon.

The report also added that the BCCI secretary Jay Shah has written to associations hosting World Cup matches, asking them to attend a meeting in New Delhi on July 27. During the meeting, the board will discuss the concerns with other boards and take a call on when and where the Indo-Pak match would be taking place.

“I feel it will be in the best interest of all concerned that we meet again to exchange notes and take stock of any issue which needs discussion and decision. Accordingly, you are hereby requested to attend a meeting of the World Cup hosting associations,” the letter reportedly read.

Mass cancellations of hotel and flight bookings could be in place if the date for the match does get changed.

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