The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to change the schedule of two matches for the upcoming 2023 ICC World Cup in India. After security concerns were raised by local police, Indian media reported on Sunday.
According to Indian media reports, Hyderabad police have sounded the security alarm for consecutive games, including the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on October 10 at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium.
The Pakistan-Sri Lanka match was originally scheduled to take place on October 12. But the date was later changed to give Pakistan enough time between games after their match against India on October 14.
Earlier this month, nine matches in the World Cup had been postponed. But the HCA has reportedly not been consulted on the matter as they were forced to submit a request to change the schedule.
Hyderabad police informed HCA that they won’t be able to make security arrangements for back-to-back matches. Further security will be needed for the Pakistan and India match especially.
The match between Pakistan and India was originally scheduled for October 15. But it was rescheduled for October 14 due to the Indian festival Navratri.
World Cup will start from October 5, continuing till November 19. In which a total of 10 teams competing for the title of Champions. World Cup will be played at a total of 10 different venues.
However, BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla shut down the request of Reschedule.
There will be no other changes to how the World Cup is played, as it requires the participation of multiple stakeholders.
Hindustan Times reported that Rajeev Shukla said “I can’t say for sure that will change, but back-to-back games are not ideal. I mean, it would be great if they (BCCI) reconsider”.
Rajeev Shukla shut down the request of reschedule and said:
“I am in charge of Hyderabad, the World Cup venue. If there is a problem or something like that, we will do our best to fix it. Changing the World Cup schedule will not be easy, nor is it likely to happen. Only BCCI cannot change the schedule, teams, ICC, and all involved” Rajeev Shukla said.