India and Pakistan to play each other in a highly-anticipated match of the 2023 ODI World Cup in the newly constructed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, says ESPNcricinfo.
Pakistan will land in India’s Hyderabad on October 6th for the ODI World Cup 2023. They will play against the two teams reaching the World Cup Qualifiers on October 12.
This marks the beginning of their journey in the tournament, as they aim to secure victories and progress in the competition. Pakistan will be playing at five different venues in the tournament. Most matches will be day-night, except for a special encounter against New Zealand in Bengaluru on November 5.
The report claims Pakistan eventually agreed for a match against India at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium. The BCCI and PCB have come to an agreement regarding the venue of the World Cup match between India and Pakistan will be held.
Initially, Pakistan had concerns about security in Ahmedabad, but a resolution was reached after talks between the two cricket boards. The decision was reached after the relevant stakeholders agreed to hybrid model presented by PCB for the Asia Cup presented by Pakistan.
In an innovative approach by the PCB, they have put forward a hybrid model for the tournament. The plan suggests that the initial four group-stage matches will be held in the cricketing heart of Lahore, Pakistan. However, to ensure a fair playing field, the subsequent matches, including the high-stakes clashes featuring India and the gripping finals, will take place in the scenic land of Sri Lanka.
ICC officials, including Chairman Greg Barclay and CEO Geoff Allardice, reached Lahore to resolve the issue after PCB threatened to not participate in the ICC Asia Cup and ODI ICC World Cup.
Their objective was to address the concerns raised by the PCB and secure a commitment that the Pakistan team would participate in the 2023 World Cup in India. Through productive discussions with PCB officials, the ICC aimed to find a resolution and ensure the participation of all teams in the prestigious tournament.