CWC 2023: PCB wants venue changes against these three teams

A draft schedule for the Cricket World Cup 2023 was released. PCB has suggested a change of venues against these three teams.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly asked for venue changes for matches against Afghanistan and Australia. They have also shown reluctance over playing India at Ahmedabad. This news of reluctance of playing these three teams comes after a draft schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 was released. The schedule had Pakistan facing off against India in the marquee clash on 15th October in the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. According to the schedule, they play Australia on the 20th of October in Bengaluru and Afghanistan on the 23rd of October in Chennai.

Why is PCB reluctant to play these teams?

For a variety of reasons, PCB is hesitant to play these teams. For security considerations, the cricketing body had already requested that the International Cricket Council (ICC) not hold any of its matches in Ahmedabad. They have previously proposed Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata as the three cities to be played in. According to PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, they won’t play in Ahmedabad till it’s a knockout match. The ICC, on the other hand, is pushing for Ahmedabad to host the India vs. Pakistan game. With a capacity of over 100,000, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is the biggest stadium in terms of seating. If the match is played in Ahmedabad, the ICC sees a chance to make a lot of money from it.

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They are reluctant to play Afghanistan in Chennai because they believe the pitch and conditions favour the Afghanistan team. The Chepauk stadium in Chennai is known for the assistance it provides to the spinners. The Afghanistan team has a very rich spin trio in their squad consisting of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Noor Ahmad. The PCB feels that the Babar Azam-led team will be in a disadvantageous position if they face Afghanistan at the Chepauk stadium. 

Pakistan will face Australia in Bengaluru. The Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is known for its short boundaries that help players with high striking abilities. PCB analysts have suggested a swap of venue for their matches against Afghanistan and Australia.

Pakistan’s Stance on the World Cup 

Najam Sethi has said that they will wait for their government’s decision to participate in the World Cup in India. After India had refused to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup tensions flared high with Pakistan suggesting that they will pull out of the ICC event. The Asia Cup will now take place as a hybrid tournament with Sri Lanka hosting 9 matches and Pakistan hosting 4 matches. Even though it will be hard for Pakistan to pull out from an ICC tournament, ex-cricketers suggest they should not travel to India. Ex-Pakistan cricketer, Javed Miandad does not want Pakistan to travel to India. While talking about the situation, Miandad said, “Pakistan’s cricket is better than India’s. India can go to hell if they do not want to come here. Pakistan should refuse to travel to India for the World Cup.” Miandad feels that India should first travel to India. 

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