The highly anticipated India-Pakistan World Cup match, initially scheduled for October 15 in Ahmedabad, is likely to be rescheduled due to security concerns. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had slotted the game on the first day of Navratri, a festival celebrated, particularly during garba nights in Gujarat.
Security agencies have advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider the date to avoid potential security challenges. The clash between the arch-rivals, which attracts thousands of travelling fans, has always been a high-profile and intense affair.
The BCCI is currently exploring alternative options and a decision will be taken soon. Rescheduling the match poses a logistical challenge for fans who have already finalized their travel plans and secured tickets for the game. The India-Pakistan encounter has consistently garnered sky-high television ratings, making it a crucial fixture for broadcasters.
When the ICC announced the World Cup schedule last month, the newly-renovated Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad was selected to host four marquee games, including the tournament opener between New Zealand and England, India vs Pakistan, England vs Australia, and the final. The World Cup will be held in 10 cities, with the semifinals scheduled for Mumbai and Kolkata.
The BCCI aims to strike a balance between ensuring the safety of fans and maintaining the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding one of cricket’s most awaited matches.