BCCI rejects HCA request to alter CWC schedule: The BCCI has turned down the request of the Hyderabad Cricket Association to make certain changes to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup schedule.
BCCI rejects HCA request to alter CWC schedule: What Really Happened?
BCCI rejects HCA request to alter CWC schedule: After the reschedule of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, due to festivals, logistics, and security reasons, Hyderbad has been opted to host two matches back-to-back on October 9 and 1. Given that security preparation is difficult due to the proximity of the two matches, the Hyderabad Cricket Association had raised its concern with the BCCI to consider changing the schedule again.
But again, as the event has already been rescheduled once, the BCCI has informed that it is not feasible to change the fixtures one more time.
“We have engaged in discussions with the BCCI, and they have indicated that changing the schedule is not feasible at this point. Therefore, we have concurred to collaborate,” said Durga Prasad, one of the members of the team assigned by Supreme Court administrator L Nageswara Rao.
HCA officials held a meeting with BCCI’s acting CEO, Hemang Amin, on Monday over the issue. “We comprehend that BCCI’s vice president, Mr. Rajeev Shukla, has already issued a statement. We have been informed that making a last-minute alteration is challenging, and we are striving to make arrangements for the orderly execution of the matches. We have conferred with the city’s police commissioner, and he has reassured us of full assistance,” said the Hyderabad Cricket Association official.
Two high-intensity Matches in Consecutive Days
Hyderabad’s Uppal Stadium will have to host two of the high-intensity matches on consecutive days. New Zealand vs Netherlands is scheduled for October 9, and then Sri Lanka will test their canines against Pakistan on October 10th. And adding to the headache of the Association, both matches are going to be a day/night event.
Prasad, a senior police official in the state, has informed me that, though it wouldn’t be feasible to conduct two matches back-to-back at the same stadium, they would do the necessary things to make the event successful.
“We surmised that Sri Lanka and Pakistan would wish to practise at the Uppal Stadium itself, but this won’t be feasible due to the schedule. However, we have been informed that practise facilities can be arranged at an alternate venue. We will organise this at the Gymkhana Ground,” he said.
Twelve Cities Will Host the Mega Event
After 2011, this is the first time that India is hosting an ODI World Cup. As the earlier hosting ended with India lifting the trophy, the host would eye nothing more than fetching the crown again. 12 cities across India will hold the carpet for the event. The tournament will commence on October 5 and last for a month and a half to end on November 19, with the final being scheduled in Ahmedabad.
Though it is not normal for a venue to hold consecutive matches in a World Cup, HCA will try their best to give a seamless experience to the fans across the world coming to enjoy the event.
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