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Cricket Chaos: Pakistan’s Bold Move for World Cup Matches in India

World Cup 2022: Qualification scenario for Pakistan

  • Pakistan cricket team prefers to play most of their matches during the 2023 ODI World Cup in Chennai and Kolkata.
  • Discussions are taking place at the ICC level regarding this issue as officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board are currently in talks with a high-ranking ICC executive.
  • The final decision will depend on what the BCCI and the Indian government decide.

The Pakistan cricket team has expressed a preference to play most of their matches during the 2023 ODI World Cup in Chennai and Kolkata, according to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI). These two cities are where the team has felt safe during their tours, making them the preferred options for the Men in Green, according to ICC sources. The tournament is set to begin on October 5 and will feature 46 matches, including the final, which will be played across 12 cities in India.

Discussions are taking place at the ICC level regarding this sensitive issue, as top officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are currently in talks with a high-ranking ICC executive. While a lot will depend on what the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian government decide, Pakistan would like to play most of its World Cup matches in Kolkata and Chennai, according to the report.

In Kolkata, Pakistan played its T20 World Cup game against India in 2016, and the players were very happy with the security. Similarly, Chennai as a venue remains memorable for Pakistan, and it’s also about feeling safe at specific venues. Even though Ahmedabad has the highest capacity of 132,000, which would give the ICC the best chance to make maximum profits, the Narendra Modi Stadium is already scheduled to host the final. Therefore, another venue between Chennai and Kolkata may be chosen to host the India-Pakistan game.

In a recent interview, PCB management committee chairman, Najam Sethi, acknowledged that Pakistan fans do not want the Men in Green to play World Cup in India if India does not reciprocate by playing the Asia Cup in Pakistan. “I know people don’t want us to go to India if India doesn’t come to Pakistan. People want us to stand our ground and not be dictated,” Sethi said.

 

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