New Delhi: In a statement released on Wednesday, the ICC disclosed the alterations to the upcoming World Cup’s schedule in India, causing a ripple effect across the tournament’s matches. The originally slated face-off between India and Pakistan, set to occur in Ahmedabad on Sunday, October 15, has been moved up a day. The much-anticipated showdown will now unfold at the same venue on Saturday, October 14, leaving cricket enthusiasts across both nations to eagerly mark their calendars.
Consequently, England’s clash against Afghanistan, initially lined up for October 14 in Delhi, has been postponed by 24 hours and is now scheduled for Sunday, October 15. The changes don’t stop there; Pakistan’s encounter with Sri Lanka, previously scheduled for Thursday, October 12, in Hyderabad, has been shifted forward to Tuesday, October 10.
The rescheduling domino effect extends to Australia’s high-stakes duel against South Africa in Lucknow. Originally slated for October 13, the match will now take place a day later, on Thursday, October 12. Likewise, New Zealand’s bout against Bangladesh, initially set as a day match for October 14 in Chennai, has been postponed to Friday, October 13, and will now be played under day-night lights.
Even in the initial stages of the tournament, minor tweaks have been made. The timing for England’s contest against Bangladesh in Dharamsala has been altered from a day-night fixture to a day match with a 10:30 AM (local time) start.
Towards the conclusion of the league stage, there are three key changes involving double-header clashes. The matches originally slated for Sunday, November 12, have been moved forward to Saturday, November 11. The revised schedule for that day includes Australia facing off against Pakistan in Pune at 10:30 AM and England locking horns with Pakistan in Kolkata at 2:00 PM.
As the tournament’s grand finale approaches, India’s final league match against the Netherlands is now rescheduled from November 11 to November 12. This day-night contest is set to grace the cricket grounds of Bengaluru.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is primed to kick off on Thursday, October 5, with a clash between 2019 finalists England and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The journey culminates with the highly anticipated final, which will once again unfold at the same venue on Sunday, November 19. Cricket enthusiasts and supporters of teams around the globe can now recalibrate their schedules to accommodate these changes, as the stage is set for yet another exhilarating edition of the World Cup.