ICC World Cup 2023: Pakistan seeks venue switch for clashes with Afghanistan and Australia

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The upcoming 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is set to mark the 13th edition of this prestigious quadrennial tournament. Organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the World Cup features One Day International (ODI) cricket matches between national teams. This time, India has been granted the honor of hosting the tournament, which is scheduled to take place in October and November 2023.

A total of 10 teams will be participating in the tournament, with England aiming to defend their title as the reigning champions, having emerged victorious in the previous edition held in 2019. Notably, this World Cup will be the first to be exclusively hosted by India, as the country previously co-hosted the event in 1987, 1996, and 2011 alongside other nations on the Indian subcontinent.

As the anticipation builds, cricket fans around the world eagerly await the commencement of the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The tournament promises to showcase the best talents in the sport, as teams compete for cricketing glory on the grandest stage. With India as the sole host nation, cricket enthusiasts can expect an unparalleled celebration of the game, infused with the vibrant culture and cricketing passion that India is renowned for.

Pakistan’s cricket team is facing a dilemma ahead of their scheduled matches against Australia and Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup 2023, which is set to take place in India. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had previously agreed to play their matches at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. However, they have now raised concerns about the playing conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk) in Chennai.

Cricket Pakistan has reported that the PCB is contemplating requesting a venue swap for their matches against Afghanistan and Australia. The issue arises from the renowned spin-friendly nature of Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium, which could favor Afghanistan’s quality spin options, including the talented Rashid Khan. Pakistan fears that such conditions might hamper their chances of progressing to the knockout stages and is, therefore, considering playing Afghanistan in Bengaluru instead.

In Bengaluru, where the match against Australia is scheduled, the pitch is expected to provide assistance to fast bowlers. Recognizing this, the PCB has expressed its desire to swap venues for their World Cup games against Australia and Afghanistan, citing the different playing conditions.

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Furthermore, Pakistan is slated to have a highly anticipated clash against host nation India at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on October 15, as per the schedule draft submitted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is worth noting that Pakistan initially declined to play any matches in Ahmedabad. However, ICC World Cup Chairman Greg Barclay and CEO Geoff Allardice visited Pakistan and successfully convinced them to travel to India without any pre-conditions.

As the ICC World Cup draws nearer, the PCB faces the task of finalizing suitable venues for their matches against Australia and Afghanistan. The decisions made will significantly impact the team’s chances of success in the tournament.

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